Having an holiday
We were waiting this short trip since a while. We are always very impatience for holidays. Because we needed a break from our daily life, from work and doing something different: this is called holiday, right? I would love to live in holiday forever, but maybe it would be never the same. I am a person who really like to wading things with sweat and enjoy the reward with pride, so being always in holiday with no reason is not for me. I need to have a everyday-life, get bored and looking for a break. Since few years ago I could go in holiday just once a year (feeling also guilty because I preferred spend money for a trip instead saving), today even 6 ora 7 times a year. This is called improvement.
So, we are just back from this trip. Two weeks trip but only 4 days around Italy. First week we spent at home, me in Torino and Giorgio in Brescia with our families. Staying at home is also a good holiday for us, a moment of peace and joy without doing nothing. Just relax close to fireplace, listening mom and her stories. She is the only one who has thousands things to say. Always. But all this is very delicious because is the feeling to be at home, a unique place always.
Trip in Italy
In these two weeks, at least few days we wanted absolutely go for a tour finding the great food and the beauty. Two components we really miss so much here in Lanzarote. It is not the first time I state and it won’t be the last one. As I wrote in the main title, Italy is amazing but we don’t come back to live. Rome , Florence and Naples are three gem but totally destroyed. In particular, we were very disappointed by Roma, a place I really loved so much, visited several times and I wanted to go back but I didn’t know how it is ruined. Dirty, how dirty? And why? Around San Pietro square people want to sell you anything, Trying to sell you excursions and if you don’t want they also curse you. Incredible, it was not like that few years ago, always very busy and tourist, but not so annoying. Prices? Of course also more expensive than usual. Sorry but I totally think that 15 euro for a dish of pasta and 7 euro for a glass of wine is too much. Ok, maybe we are a little affected by very cheap Canary prices, but everyone can say that is too expensive.
Our emotions about Italy
This reality made us reflect and revalue Lanzarote. I explain. We have spent 4 days in taking pictures everywhere, everything. I saw the beauty in every single corner and in little details. Something that it doesn’t exist here (in Lanzarote) and I would never be able to take so many pictures not even in a month. I want to state that Italy is magical, wonderful, has so much to offer, for me one of the best place in the world, so why many tourists love to come in this tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean one, two or even three times a year? Why they prefer this place that honestly has nothing so beautiful in compare with a Rome or a Florence? I tell you why, because tourists here feel safe, no stress, no crime, none who stress you to buy something. They come to visit the few things that Lanzarote has because they are not forced, so they are coming back also the next here. Lanzarote has few touristic places well-recommended and everybody wanted to go to visit, even if nothing special or beautiful like Sistine Chapel for example. This is the positive aspect of the island we never considered before and now, after only 4 days in Italy, we consider and respect: the peace. An extremely peace sometimes, but very essential to make work the economy of the island: respect and treat tourists well, so they will come back.
Never go back to live in Italy
When we decided to become photographers freelancers, we started from what we learnt in our past job as employers (in an Italian company), but we absolutely left out some manners we considered not professional. Taking pictures of clients in a resort and annoying them every single moment for convincing them to come and seeing their photos, then annoying them a second time because we needed to convince them to spend a lots of money, even if photos were really nice or not. Do you think this is professional? Or is it very similar to a fraud? But this is what many Italian companies teach you and you must do it if you want your 600 euro for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. I know it sounds horrible, but this is reality about Italian mentality (so in Italy or outside too!) and unfortunately what many young people must accept if the alternative is still asking parents money. This atmosphere is what we found in the main Italian square, the years pass, but things don’t change. Too bad. Sorry, this is the truth and our emotions after we came back in Lanzarote. We remembered why we left Italy and why we totally don’t want to be back even if sometimes Canary Islands are narrow and boring, but no stress, peace and, most important, we work with dignity.
Firenze, Roma, Napoli (Italia)