Thursday, January 29, 2009

Nothin' New...

Another boring post... sorry! Next week should be better - I'm headed to Cefalu on Sunday, so I'll actually have something to write about. Token's not going with me, because our landlord invited him to go with him to a Catania soccer game. Boo! Who's the soccer fan in this family? That'd be me. Ah well, our landlord is a typical Sicilian male who thinks females are lowly, so I'd rather not go anyway. ;)

Sunday night we are headed to a Super Bowl party. The game comes on at midnight here, so we're going to a 'breakfast for dinner/pajama' party. Should be a good time. I don't have to go in to work on Monday until 11 a.m., so that's extra awesome.

Umm.... that's about it! Here's a picture. This is Nikko's usual nighttime TV-watching routine. He has it so rough.


Ciao for now!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Driving Hazards

Every day, driving from work, I run in to the strangest situation. The first time, there was this loooong line of traffic, creeping along, and I couldn't figure out what the problem was. There didn't seem to be an accident, there was no construction, and there were no Caribinari on patrol. As I crept along, it soon became evident of just what the hold-up was...

SHEEP!!! Lots and lots of sheep!

Every day around 4:15 p.m., the herder moves his flock from one open field to another. The sheep, having no sense of direction, stupidly follow, but don't always stay on the side of the road...



They say that if you hit and kill a sheep, you have to pay the herder something like 200 euro/sheep. So people tend to go reallly slow when passing them.

I have to say: it's one of my favorite times of the day. The sheep have bells around their necks and, although they smell like butt, it cracks me up every time!

After my last post of something I hate about Italy, I figured I'd brighten it up with something I love.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Not much going on around here lately. Sorry to be so boring!!

We finally got our hot water back - after almost a week without it. I'm so happy! I was getting so sick of driving down to base to shower. Also, because we had no hot water, we also had no heat because we get the heat through radiators. Oh my gosh. Our house was FAAA-REEZING!!!! We have two stand-alone units - one in the bedroom and one in the main living room - but they didn't give off that much heat. Poor Nikko spent all day on our bed, right in the path of what little heat there was. Poor buddy. :(

So, not loving Sicily so much this week. And while I'm on that topic, here's another thing I don't like about Sicily. The people here don't give a crap about littering. They throw trash out their car windows... like BAGS of trash. It's sick. Here's a view:



And, honestly, this is GOOD. While yes, there's trash all over the place, it's somewhat close to the dumpster. Like, maybe they actually *tried* to get the trash in it. There are parts that we drive through everyday where trash lines the street. Countless times I have been driving behind someone and they just launch a bag of trash out of their window. It's pretty shocking, actually! They need an ad campaign similar to the one we had in the states with the Indian with a tear running down his face. They need to do something, because it's NA-STY!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Nicolosi

This is the town that's about a two-minute drive from our house. We explored it on foot last Friday. It's the main town right before people head up to Mt. Etna, and is like a little ski town. I love it there!


There's even a volcano museum, so Token was as happy as a pig in mud.



See?

It was actually pretty cool... they had a 360-degree view of Mt. Etna and all the towns around it.

And a cool little walk-through museum.

There are also lots of churches... I think about five or six, and the town is teeny!

There are also lots of parks and places for people to hang out. The benches in this park are usually occupied by old Italian men. Makes ya wonder where the old Italian women are, right? Our guess is they are slaving over laundry or making pasta from scratch for dinner.


There's also an ice skating rink, but since the Italians skate like they drive, I doubt we'll be showing off our best Kristi Yamaguchi impersonation.

It's in Nicolosi where I've had the best meal since we've lived here. On a whim, I ordered something that I couldn't translate. The only word I could figure out was "pistacchio," which I knew was gonna be good. I'm lucky it didn't have chicken liver or something. Turned out it was some kinda of pistachio pasta with a creamy (read: artery-clogging) sauce. Oh my gosh. It was absolutely fantastic. We'll be back, and when we have visitors we'll take them there.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Gambino Winery

The day after Christmas, we joined some friends and went to the Gambino Winery. We had a light lunch, sampled a bunch of wine, and had a good time. Thankfully, Token was feeling much better!!


That's my boring post of the day. :p