I am not sure about why I went to sicily on holiday: it might be because my ancestors came from that land; it might be because in Holland I felt like Dorothy at the beginning of “the wizard of Oz” every time there was a thunderstorm ( = I was afraid the house would fly away); it might be because I have a physical need for a “Granita di Mandorla” every so much time.
Whatever the reason, Holiday is over and tomorrow I’ll be back at work for a new busy year.
Tomorrow the new school year will begin for Joshua and Luca (and for all the other kids in Italy).
For me and for my kids, after having moved to another city, this is a more important event than the *real* new years eve that will come in december: september, after the holidays (even tough we have not really been on vacation) is the real moment when the “year” starts in Italy. Even my company ends its “fiscal years” in June, and the real work starts back in september…
I do hope this school year goes well for my kids and that they can find a bunch of new nice friends in the new school. It is so important for them. I am sorry I had them move, furthermore for the second time (first time having been when moving from holland to Italy, in 2004) but it was the only place we could afford to buy a house in, while still being relatively close to Rome. Having to pay an ever-increasing rent and having no security was not really helping us. So we moved to Velletri in June, leaving Castel Gandolfo. With Velletri being a bigger town compared to the village we were living in earlier, everything should be better organized when for they grow – there is more to do, more schools, more shops, more life, more opportunities. This time we live very close to the school, so they can walk to it, instead than being taken by car. This also means that their new friends are going to be the kids living around us. Which makes for more opportunities to play and study together. It’s gonna be tough at the beginning, but in the long run they should be fine.