In some ways it feels like we have been gone from Sicily forever, but Sicily has never left our hearts and minds so it also feels like we haven’t been gone at all. In fact, it has been ten months almost exactly since we left last year. Far too long for a place that is so near and dear to our hearts.
For Nick’s birthday this year, I took him to see a psychic/medium just for fun. Her name is Karen Snow and she was scary-good. Without telling her anything about ourselves, she had nailed the connection to Italy in the first three minutes. One of her more interesting pronouncements was that, in the place where we all hangout before we are born, Nick had decided to be born in Sicily. It was just that his parents had different ideas and had moved to Canada two years too early! No wonder Sicily feels like home to us and we can’t wait to get back there.
Finally, we are on the cusp of returning. We will be catching that big Air Canada jet in a week, turning our keys over to Nick’s cousins who will be staying in our house, and flying off into the sunset…or actually sunrise as we take off early in the morning.
What is the first thing we will be doing when we arrive? Il caffe’ in the local bar? A hike into the mountains? Sun tanning on the beach? I wish!
Most likely, after we sleep away our jetlag, we will be cleaning away the sand that had accumulated from the winds that blow in from the Sahara. Now, anyone that knows me, knows that housework is not my favourite thing. May be my least favourite thing in fact. It needs to be done but I am NOT going to enjoy it, dammit! So anything that makes housework easier is alright with me. This year we are packing a little Vileda robotic sweeper in our suitcase. No actual sweeping, just turn on the little workhorse and done. Woohoo!
We did a little bit of research and discovered, for the money (it is actually dirt cheap… heehee – did you get that, dirt cheap! <snorts at her own pun>) our little Vileda seems to be the best bet, as you can see in this Italian test video that I found.
So, the first day will definitely be spent cleaning and unpacking, but once our house is spick and span again, it will be off to the beach for us!
So the next post will be coming to you from the terrace off our kitchen, looking across at the mountains as I sitting snacking on a delectable peach and sipping an espresso. And my smile will be so big you will see it across the Interwebs!
If you would like to share in our Sicilian experience, check us out on Airbnb.
And, just for your enjoyment…here is a very cool music video from Palermo!