Posts Tagged ‘Ascigno’

Ascigno’s Abruzzo Festa: Fun, Fireworks – and Line-Dancing ?

Up strikes the band. Up gets everyone to dance. Did you know line-dancing is a way of life in Abruzzo ? Babies learn how as soon as they can walk. Now, I’m not qualified to judge whether the line-dancing taking place before me in the middle of the road through Ascigno is step-for-step identical to the line-dancing you’ll see in some down-home stomperama at Alligator Joe’s in Amarillo – and it is a tad incongruous – but you have to wonder whether line-dancing in Abruzzo and the US developed simultaneously and spontaneously – or whether it’s just another Italian (or rather Abruzzese) import that’s taken America by storm.

Line dancing ? In Abruzzo ?

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So We Got In The Car And We’re Still Driving to Italy…

Thanks to the fragile nature of the British property market, the last few months have been tale of ‘Great ! There’s a buyer for our house; oh dear, that’s fallen through; Yippee ! There’s another buyer for the house; oh no, that’s fallen through too’ ad naus until, strangely, you pass through stress to a state of Zen-like acceptance of the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

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So We Got In The Car And Drove To Italy

And you got in the car and drove to Italy because ? Well now…as Gap Years hadn’t been invented when we were of an age to take one, we thought we deserved one and right now seemed as good a time as any. And a new adventure seemed like a good idea too. So here we are, living in a rented house in a hamlet called Ascigno, which is about about 4kms from the old hilltop village of Casoli, which in turn is in the province of Chieti, in the region of Abruzzo, Italy.

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