For the pleasure of those who might have missed the last comment on my last post here it is, written of course by Anonymous:
"While your criticisms of the tourist weren't completely inaccurate, your response confirmed my initial impression of the apparently seasonal foreign (British) residents of Positano that is, that they are largely rich, elitist and convinced that they live some sort of more 'authentic' life than the tourists. I say hogwash. Positano, while absolutely beautiful, is not a real community. Few normal folks can afford to participate in the manufactured authenticity of such places."
Who is this aimed at exactly?
Who are these apparently seasonal foreigh (British) residents of Pos? Am I one? Lets see...I usually go to the UK for a week in May and ten days in November, and again in February. Does that make me seasonal? Most of the expats here spend about the same amount of time as me in the UK if not less.
They are largely rich...how did you figure that out? Can you introduce me to these people? In my experience it doesn't get much better than earning 800 euro a month employed in a store in town, half going to the rent and the other half going to the babysitter/bills/insurance etc.
Elitist...You're just generalising the British, next you'll be saying that none of us can cook.
Convinced they live a more authentic life than the tourists...Er, yes, I think we do actually. Especially if the tourists only manage to stagger up to the church and back, convinced that they now know the town. Who doesn't live an authentic life in the town that they have lived in for years and years? I certainly don't spend all day sitting around at the beach restaurants being waited on. We have to do all the things everybody else that lives in any other town does. Take the kids to school, try and earn money battle at the post office, pay bills etc etc. What is not authentic about that? Every now and again in the summer we might stop off at an art exhibition at a hotel, or go out for dinner at a restaurant, but don't people do that in other towns?
I love this bit: Pos is not a real community. Few normal folks can afford to participate in the manufactured authenticity of such places.
Dollyna (a real Positanese) says:
I take this as a comment from a frustrated person who would love to live here but actually CAN'T!
Yes, I hate my town with all my guts more times than I find myself saying "Gee, how lucky I am to live here!" but still, this is the most beautiful place in the world and if you need help, here you'll find it in no time. You just need to yell and you'll be heard. And I send my son to school, alone at 7, every single day. Because I know it is safe. I can shop wherever I want in town and suddenly realize I have no money with me. No problem…you pay tomorrow…the shopkeepers know you and trust you. I can go at any doctor's home in the middle of the night and guess what…he'll be there to help…I could go on...
Dollyna suggests that this person should visit Positano so that we can demonstrate how 'authentic' it is.
I actually don't think it is worth the effort.