Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Summer Daze

August, with its beaches and vacations, is greatly anticipated by most Italians. It does, however, have a downside, apart from the torrid temperatures.

Ferragosto, August 15th, is a national holiday. This year it fell on a Thursday, encouraging people to take the following day off from work to enjoy an extended weekend. But the entire week of Ferragosto finds many offices and stores closed. In Sicily the post office is closed afternoons for the entire month.

What this means is that life here doesn't get back to normal - whatever "normal" is - until September, which this year begins on a Sunday. Welcome to our world.

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