Saturday, August 02, 2008


 For many, if not most Italians, August means vacation. Those who live in the mountains head for the sea, while those who live in the big cities seem to head for the cool relief of the mountains. Many shops and restaurants will close for the entire month of August, and services will be limited. When friends recently went to an office in the comune they discovered the one and only person who can perform the service they needed is on vacation for the entire month of August. No one is replacing the vacationer, so the paperwork will just pile up until he returns. What a system!

Our neighbors left today for a week at the beach. I'm guessing the reason they won't be gone for the whole month is that they're retired and living on a fixed income. Our other neighbors, the ones who own the other half of our house, should be arriving soon. They live in Bologna, which is hot and humid in the summer. For them the breezes in San Venanzo and the chance to catch up with friends and family will make this month go much too quickly.

Our neighbor Adamo has already completed his vacation for the year...apparently some companies, including the health care industry, are now letting their employees take vacations in months other than August. Some enjoy the chance to save a bit of money and to visit during less crowded times, but I'm sure for many others, whose families still vacation in August, this presents a problem. Although medical facilities remain open in August, I wouldn't want to schedule an elective procedure during this time, just in case I ran into some doctor, nurse or technician who'd been 'forced' to take their vacation outside of the 'normal' time frame!

For us August signals the beginning of the end of summer. Yes, the fruits and vegetables are at their height, and everything is plentiful and cheap. but unlike Kentucky, where summer seems to last well into September, and often October, summer here seems to know that once the page turns from August to September, summer is really over. I love the idea that the new olive oil will be here soon, and the idea of cool nights, but the shorter days are not something I look forward to, or the cold wet days of winter. Okay, enough of that.....for now it's August...time to savor the long hot days of summer while we still can!

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At 8/03/2008 01:30:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too love to go for vacation when there is less crowd.
Enjoy !

At 8/04/2008 12:33:00 AM , Blogger Diane said...

We often have summer-like weather even into November (well, temps in the 70's and sunny) which is great for picking olives and this looks like a good year (as opposed to last year when the trees had so few). Just wanted to let you know I'm linking to you on my blog and always enjoy reading about what's new by you.
Diane, Pio & Dante

At 8/04/2008 05:03:00 PM , Anonymous Ice Tea For Me said...

It seems like summer just arrived for you and now only a month or so left.

Though I wish I could say the same for me here in the sunny shouthwest (hot days stay until mid-Oct.; nights won't cool off until the end of Sept.), I can't complain. I LOVE the mild winters we have and that I'm able to grow a garden of lettuce, carrots, beats, and herbs.

At 8/05/2008 04:01:00 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

People who have mild winters are soooo lucky! I know people who say they'd miss the sno and the cold, but not me! The thing I hate most about winter is that it gets dark at 5 o'clock!


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