Friday, March 18, 2011

150 Years and 2 days of Being Uniquely Italy, Bravo, Bravissimo!

This post is about the celebration of 150 years and 2 days of Italy’s unification (because I was supposed to post this two days ago. Now it’s kinda late, but what the heck!).

After 150 years and two days, Italy has become the land of history, cradle of genius and the arts, the home of the most notorious latin lovers in history (the reigning champion, Berlusconi), closest neighbour to the Vatican State and the Pope, and perhaps one of the countries in the world that best typify outrageous contradictions.

And that’s what makes it so beautiful. I’ve been living here for almost 11 years and despite all the freakin’ xenophobes, Lega Nord, Berlusconi and Co., the prominent aged ruling class, dog poops all over the streets, stupid reckless drivers, strikes, the struggling minimum wage, the phoney euro, allergies in spring, torrid heat in summer, wicked winds of autumn, and the damning cold of winter, I have fallen in love with her.

I don’t think that this country and its people must become like their neighbours, otherwise they would lose the goal of its unification. Italy is not Europe. Italy is Italy.

No matter what they say about Italy, this is my second home.


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