The clown senza frontiere Austria at the Timbuktu hostel

So we did: organize a beautiful afternoon for the kids of all the villag e in Sanvito Lo capo, to have fun, talk about this beautiful group of clowns and their activity, to laugh togheter.

Finally we had some real “young” guests at the hostel thanks to the clown senza frontiere.

The Show was playful, the girls are fantastic.

Check their facebook page for more info and updates.

Saint Vito celebrations in June

The “antenna a mare” is
a game where a mast is put in horizontal position at the Sanvito Lo Capo harbour with a flag at the end. Participants have to walk all the way till the end on a soapy surface to grab the flag. No need to underline that this thing can become dangerous. It takes place around 16:30 during the patron saint day, the 15th of every June.
Same day the saint (a “live version of him”) arrives from the sea in a boat. Everybody Onshore waits for him to have a procession till the Sancuary and fireworks for the religious community.

It’s an other tradition where sacred and profane melt into the same frame of celebration, the same day, the same supporting elements which are the sea, the boats and the crowds watching, living and rewarding them.

Sunsetting around Trapani

In the western facing little seaside towns, Sunset is a must to see. Around the western costline in Sicily is such a deal that doesn’t lead to any romantic attachment anymore. People from Trapani are so into the sunset that they always try to get along with it. It’s a show that our world offers on a daily basis and this doesn’t make it boring at all not even if you attend it every single day.

A very common and lovely routine here around is to invite friends for “sunsetting” together. That makes it the most social part of the day. Even when alone, it is still something that makes you willing to stop for a second, no matter where you are. Watching the most special star falling behind the horizon is the best and chilled part of the day.

Here is a list of what I belive are the Best spots to have the greatest enlightments of your life: “Punta Sottile” lighthouse in Favignana island, Faraglioni in Favignana island,

Lazzaretto in the old Trapani harbour, Mount Erice at Venus castle gardens,

Stagnone Lagoon sault farms,

Mount Monaco in Sanvito Lo Capo,

Mount Cofano at Cornino side, Macari bay

Sanvito Lo Capo lighthouse

I turn 30 and I’m free (some lines I wrote for my birthday, the 25th of November)

The last decade has begun with two mourners that have struck me deeply. I’ve being followed by that cloud of bad feelings during my whole twenties. I can’t say they were horrible; better than the teens, for sure. Many things had happened, including moves, delusions, achievements, and doors slammed in my face. At the beginning of my young life I was a teacher of righteousness. I was good at being in advance in everything, especially in time, in reasoning, in reaching a goal. The ambition that always moved me did not even allow me to be competitive, to look around and compare myself to others: there was no time for these stupid things. I was good at doing many things and I expected the world and its inhabitants to reward me with their graces. This has never happened, especially from its inhabitants, who, despite having studied them long and wide, continue to cause me an immense discomfort and make me feel the need to go to lick my wounds in solitude more often than expected. I remember the times when I used to say that hard work would be rewarded. I have a word for those who still believe in it: “bullshit”. Just bullshit. What is rewarded is when you decide to fuck it all and decide to break through the door that has always been slammed in your face or write on it “Fuck you”, turn and walk away. Those are the finest satisfactions I have ever taken: me, my personal growth and the times when even if the world shows me how unjust it is, I look at him with my glittering eyes and tell him: sooner or later everyone slams the useless baby toe into the useless corner somewhere, somehow. 8d927b37392659.5606670fa529dI grew up in a wonderful place where despite the people I love are always there to wait and show me their affection they often have been the ones to make me suffer the most, with their prejudices and their biases. My mother is the exception. Despite her atavistic negativity, that is the result of ages of watching corruption, bad politics, mafia, and all kind of usurper exploiting us since many centuries, I believe she comes from a parallel universe: her mercy has always misguided me. She can do something I’m trying to do since a longtime now: “Do not bring rancor.” When I was little, except for my closest relatives (which are very special in this) every time I was curious about something, I was answered: “What’s for?” That, translating intonation and Sicilian sarcasm, means “let it go, it’s hard, you’ll probably won’t make it, this is not for you. ” Honestly, I think it is a miracle that I came out as I am from such an ineffective environment, devoted to the impossibility and poor ambition. I am astonished less and less, because in the rest of the world it does not work that way and, since I’ve lived in the rest of the world, I tend to forget the bitterness of an uncle or a relative who “stifles” your abilities. I promise myself that I will smile every time that this will happen in the future rather than get angry. As far as I am concerned, it is ten years that I’m getting all that I want, for terribly contorted and disgraced ways, and I do not think many can say the same. I can, aloud. I have always had very few money and earned with a lot of effort, but this did not stop me from appreciating the slowness of real travels, the struggle for survival and the “barefoot” conquest of what freedom, happiness, knowledge were for me. The difficulties did not stop me from pointing my finger on a globe and saying “I’ll go there” and do it in reality. In my homeland it is always said “no”. It’s an interlayer! Even when we agree with someone we say “no” to intervene. It is amazing how much this attitude for years transmitted makes you become an exile if you do not want to accept it or one of the many “sad” being if you accept it. This mystical impossibility (which in Sicily makes people answer to you questions “no, it can’t be done” and even if you ask why it is not possible to solve that problem, especially bureaucracy related, they answere “because it is so”) made me so angry that I started to denounce my hometown problems with complains that nobody has ever listened to. I started to cure myself with travels, music and moving in a very special city like Turin, which has given me friendships I can swear will last forever. Thos special human beings took me by the hand when my anarchy began to overwhelm the bigots around me, they taught me the beauty of the “blurred edge” while my “sunny” attitude was only admiring the “bright” side of things, they showed me that it is not necessary to hide myself only because I’m a bit different. cropped-fotor_145369593632151Then, It comes about the international friends who have helped me understand that the world is mine, and that love has infinite shapes, apple-shaped, home-shaped, sometimes grave-shaped, sometimes shapeless. Since then, since I only know how to make shabby shapes and chaotic things, I decided that I would have given so much love, free love, row love, fine love, in fact, inform love. Whenever I am tempted to judge a behavior or a choice of life I will ask myself a thousand times if it is not the case to learn again and to accept a new existence shape among my limits. I wish everyone to be free, to love without being “choked”, to be gentle and to send what makes you sufferto the hell, like I did yesterday that I quit my job! I’m going to build new dreams for the next decade, I know already they will be a million …

Week eighteen in Australia

It was like coming back in Italy. I worked hours and hours on the applyication for the italian public school board for teachers. It is like swimming against the courrent because the gouvernment website is quite impossible to understand. Once you succeed to have the application form in your hands your problems are just about to start. It is written in a special language made with the special purpose of being incomprehensible and to be filled with data from the stone age, absurd to tell and impossible to find (some questions sound just like “which colour was the chair of the first left-handed classmate you had?) Seriously?

You have no choice: you need to feel that form closing your eyes and hoping that the answer is pertinent. That is Italian bureaucracy

Week six in Australia (all seasons-all jobs bag)

Well well everybody says in Australia there is a beautiful warm climate. I didn’t experienced it so far. Till now I needed to get out from home with two bags of cloths for all seasons. I cannot buy an umbrella because when it is rain is also windy: the umbrella would break in 2 seconds. Every time it rains it does when I need to run to catch a bus, and the only sunny spots are when I’m sitting on the bus. (If I ever make to catch it). Work situation was so bad that in my two bags I was carrying also shirts and pants for crazy and unpredictable hospitality jobs last time callings.

It was such an unlucky week indeed. All my efforts to find a place to stay weren’t enough. It’s worse than a competition. If you want to share a house you need to pass the “flatmates examination”: some of them want you to be a party animal, some of them a boring money maker machine with a serious job but not serious enough to let you buy a house.

That was the period in which I started to make the way back plan…

But …

The nbc orchestra wanted me as cellist and that turned my ugly week into a rainbow!

Travelling with a cello

wp-image-973934392jpg.jpegWhen I decided to leave Italy again I didn’t care about what I was bringing, cause normally I try to travel with things that I can get rid of, or that I can trade…but this time there was something special I wanted to bring : I introduce you to Claude, my cello. I must  say that Claude was waiting for me since a long time cause when I was travelling across the Pacific Ocean I loan it to a friend of mine. When my friend had to move quickly back in the Sicily she didn’t have time to bring Claude back to my sister’s house. That’s why my cello was in somebody’s house waiting for me. Thanks to Gab, one of the angels around me, when I arrived in Torino for my last stop in Italy before leaving I found my beautiful cello back! I must say that people really love musicians around, or at least they like to see people travelling with musical instruments: I didn’t remember that they checked my ID…perhaps I forgot, or perhaps they where so curious asking me questions about that weird shaped guitar that they ignored myself to smile at the cello! I take it like a gift from the people: you always want to be thankful to people that make your life sensitively better, playing and perhaps making you smile or cry (depending on your need)

Week three in Australia

Time of exploitation is ending soon.

Now everytime they ask me for a trial I just ask back : how long the trial is going to be?

If more than two I don’t accept it. I’m learnin to have a value and to respect myself, my skills and my time.

I got a job for a couple of weeks in Balgowlah in a cafeteria/restaurant, a trial in the Scalabrini house as conductor (I proposed the idea of making a choir to the manager), a casual job at the market in manly and on saturdays morning in Bondi and I’m attending the monday rehearsal night with the nbc choir, where there are lots of nice ladies.

This is my first time in a barbershop choir and I’m really entusiastic to try this new repertoire…Even if I miss the classical repertoire. I still playing the cello sometimes by the streets but it is always raining and I ‘m getting sick of going up and down the hill. Claude doesn’t like the humidity too.

Manly is getting empy little by little and the week of surf was a disaster due to the bad weather conditions. My bag becomes every day heavier (umbrella, scarf, an other tshirt, a sweater…)since I have no idea if I’m going to freeze or swet. I do suffer thinking that in Italy the summer is coming and I’m here just to take rain…

I don’t like the jobs I ‘m doing now (unless selling veggies which is nice and new for me), but I got a new student as piano teacher. We are making some progresses!

Week three in Australia

Time of exploitation is ending soon.

Now everytime they ask me for a trial I just ask back : how long the trial is going to be?

If more than two I don’t accept it. I’m learnin to have a value and to respect myself, my skills and my time.

I got a job for a couple of weeks in Balgowlah in a cafeteria/restaurant, a trial in the Scalabrini house as conductor (I proposed the idea of making a choir to the manager), a casual job at the market in manly and on saturdays morning in Bondi and I’m attending the monday rehearsal night with the nbc choir, where there are lots of nice ladies.

This is my first time in a barbershop choir and I’m really entusiastic to try this new repertoire…Even if I miss the classical repertoire. I still playing the cello sometimes by the streets but it is always raining and I ‘m getting sick of going up and down the hill. Claude doesn’t like the humidity too.

Manly is getting empy little by little and the week of surf was a disaster due to the bad weather conditions. My bag becomes every day heavier (umbrella, skarf, an other tshirt, a sweater…)since I have no idea if I’m going to freeze or swet. I do suffer thinking that in Italy the summer is coming and I’m here just to take rain…

I don’t like the jobs I ‘m doing now (unless selling veggies which is nice and new for me), but I got a new student as piano teacher. We are making some progresses!

Packing a cello in Paris


I went in Paris to meet my best friend with a plan in my mind: macking the cello ready for “the trip”. 

Travelling with musical instrument around the world it’s hard work. Worse if you don’t have money enough for a big solid cello case, that would cost three time the price Of the cello itself.

There was a whole community of friends working behind my trip. As we would say in Sicily: who has friends is rich!

Before I went in Paris I had a quick trip in Holand from Turin. First part of the trip was easy with Ryanair: I bought a ticket also for Claude. But in Turin I started to study a plan to get the cello survive to an intercontinental flight. 

I took everybody’s advises and try to pick up the one that was really fitting three questions: is it going to be chip? Is it going to be safe for the cello? Is it going to be light?

Somebody suggest even the epoxy steam, somebody a big wooden case , somebody even a coffin. I really appreciated my friend’s fantasy and realism. Cause actually I knew that for 150euros I could have found a chip coffin. But finally the winter was useful for something… I took off the bridge and released the strings, I put sweaters, tied with stockings, bubblewrap inside the soft case and bubblewrap outside. I bought it really cheap in holland and I made everything settle in Paris the day before my trip. I got a blabla car ride booking two places for the airport and once I arrived at the bagdrop even if i didn’t pay extra for a special item they (qatar airlines) put a sticker “fragile” on the top of the cello and sent me in the “big bags” area. That was so kind of them! 

Travelling with a cello

When I decided to leave Italy again I didn’t care about what I was bringing, cause normally I try to travel with things that I can get rid of, or that I can trade…but this time there was something special I wanted to bring : I introduce you to Claude, my cello. I must  say that Claude was waiting for me since a long time cause when I was travelling across the Pacific Ocean I loan it to a friend of mine. When my friend had to move quickly back in the Sicily she didn’t have time to bring Claude back to my sister’s house. That’s why my cello was in somebody’s house waiting for me. Thanks to Gab, one of the angels around me, when I arrived in Torino for my last stop in Italy before leaving I found my beautiful cello back! I must say that people really love musicians around, or at least they like to see people travelling with musical instruments: I didn’t remember that they checked my ID…perhaps I forgot, or perhaps they where so curious asking me questions about that weird shaped guitar that they ignored myself to smile at the cello! I take it like a gift from the people: you always want to be thankful to people that make your life sensitively better, playing and perhaps making you smile or cry (depending on your need)

Oldstyle medicine

In Paris, while suffering and being cold I had the best time before going back in the south hemisphere. Staying with my friend at home (she has now a really beautiful home) chatting, relaxing, cooking and chilling out. One of the reasons why I hate to be cold is because with the cold I get also all kind of pains and my left eye was one of them this time. It became little by little really thick and painful. I could just cry and feel that something was scratching inside the eyelid. Well, in those cases, even if you don’t know what is actually giving you so much pain..watching the bottle of oil is a real relief! I’ve heard about it before but I never had this eye sickness (thickness) before.

It’s impressive how useful is the olive oil for our health!