Ischia, our new home

We arrived in Ischia here two weeks ago and it’s been strange, surreal and beautiful. People have been so helpful and kind here, willing to give us advice and help us get started. The bar downstairs from our flat is our hang out spot and we’ve have met lots of locals there. Our landlords are the best and just the other day, they brought us a fresh fish they had caught and some oranges and lemons from their garden.

It takes awhile settling in a new place and some days are better than others, but we’re pushing through it. Moving is a  psychological upheaval, whether you’re moving to a new neighbourhood, city or country, so I’m just trying to be kind to myself and sit and breathe when things feel lonely, sad and difficult. Going for walks helps a lot! Here are some pictures from our first two weeks here:

Ischia Ponte
This is our neighbourhood

 

Hanging laundry, Ischia Ponte
Me having fun doing chores

 

Marituccio exploring the seaside in Ischia Ponte with the Castello Aragonese in the background
Marituccio resting on some rocks in Ischia Ponte with the Castello Aragonese in the background
Hanging laundry at the Spiaggia di Pescatori, Ischia Ponte
Hanging laundry at the Spiaggia di Pescatori in Ischia Ponte

 

Typical courtyard in Ischia Ponte
Typical courtyard in Ischia Ponte

 

Orange trees, Corso Vittoria Colonna, Ischia Ponte
Orange trees!

 

Christmas lights at Ischia Ponte
Christmas lights at Ischia Ponte

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  1. Laura wrote:

    Ahh you live in Ischia ?? I love it so much

    Posted 1.16.18 Reply
    • Giovanna wrote:

      Yes! I’ve been coming here since I was little! It’s such a beautiful place.

      Posted 1.17.18 Reply

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  • The views from the west side of the island make me anxious, too exposed to the open sea. Back during the 1500s , Forio was continuallly ransacked by pirate invaders and they rebuilt the village around a tower system and series of winding streets that gave the natives time to go to and hide in the towers. Maybe I’m picking up on those memories of terror. Anyway, while I was preparing my move to Ischia, the idea of being surrounded by the sea scared me. But still I moved here.
  • I’m not an habitual coffee drinker, I’ve been a tea drinker for most of my life. But having a coffee feels like a special moment. Like walking to town and stopping at my favourite bar for an espresso at the counter and chatting to the barista while I shake the sugar packet and stir in a spoonful. And maybe at home after lunch with the neighbourhood so quiet, I’ll put a moka on the stove and get my favourite cup ready. At home, I drink the coffee amaro, without sugar. I don’t have a palate for coffee and can’t tell when it’s good or bad, but I’d like to know more about it. Coffee is mysterious. #filmm
  • The past few days have been windy with stormy seas, but it’s not enough to stop the vitamin D walks that burn away the winter blues.
  • My heart keeps expanding to let more and more cats into my life.
  • I went for a drive on my own to Sant’ Angelo and it was the first time since I’ve gotten my Italian license that it felt like I was driving rather than just concentrating really hard on making a car move. In order to learn to drive stick, I had to forget everything I knew about driving and start over. It was really really really difficult and surprisingly quite emotional. But I think I’m getting the hang of it now and yesterday was such a beautiful day to go for a drive. I stopped to take a photo of this and couldn’t believe that I could take myself here. I think my parents would have been proud of me. #iloveischia

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