The realities of moving from New Mexico, USA to a small town in southern Italy.
08 February 2011
Il Quartiere Etnico
A local friend was helping me unload and carry wood down to our house a few weeks ago while we discussed why we moved to a small hill town in the heart of Basilicata. Many of the people in this area wonder why we moved here: mountains, great food, history, clean air, fresh local food and lots of friendly people.
During this conversation my friend jokingly commented that we live in il quartiere etnico. This is a town of only 700 people how can there be an ethnic quarter?! He explained, with a smirk, that in our neighborhood there lived a neighbor’s companion from Russia, a Napolitano, a woman from Sardinia and of course gli americani. If you aren’t born and raised here everyone knows it.
We are happy to add some diversity to our village!
Labels: Daily life, Lucania
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