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Italian Sideways 2006 – Day 14
Loris Scagliarini - April 17, 2006

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Easter Sunday, April 16
For the first time since we've been in Italy I go out and get an Italian newspaper, where I catch up on the dispute over the latest elections of the previous weeks. According to the new electoral law, sponsored by the incumbent Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and its party, the center-left coalition won by a meager less than 1%. As expected, there is an outcry and a flurry of protests, and a request for a recount Florida-style follows. As far as I can remember, Italy seems to be always following the trends of the US with just a few years delay, one way or the other. This time seems to be no different. Is there anything new under the sun?

  Picnic
  The Souls Chuech
  Orosei
  Dinner at home
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After a strong espresso for me and a cappuccino with double coffee for Brigit we go to check out Richard who is in his office, dealing with German and Russian vacationers who want their rented villas ready NOW, even though the contracts state clearly that check in is between 2 and 5 PM. The entitlement of rich people on vacation is another old classic.

We go back home and pack another picnic similar to yesterday's and head south to Orosei, stopping along the way to La Caletta (The Small Bay), where we park under tall pine trees and have our picnic protected from the wind by the sandy dunes. The beach is practically empty. Just a few people far to our left and others quietly sunbathing in cozy, sheltered flat spots in the dunes.

When we reach Orosei the central streets show the signs of the morning Easter procession, with olive branches and green leaves left behind. Wandering around the old downtown we come upon a nice looking church with a rope attached to a bell that disappears into the wall by a lateral door. I take a picture of the church, then I ask an old men who comes out of the door the name of the church, which he says is Le Anime (The Souls).

The old fellow invites us to enter and visit the small church, so we step into a kitchen, then another room which opens directly on the main altar, decorated with flowers and with a small crucifix laying on a cushion. The old man opens the main door to the church and a younger man in his thirties comes in and tells us about the Easter celebration.

After offering Brigit two roses lifted from the main altar, explaining that they had been blessed during the morning ceremony, the two men invite us back into the kitchen where we are joined by a third man and are offered a glass of homemade Cannonau wine from a big bottle. We toast together and drink the wine which, by the way, has nothing to envy certain bottled Cannonau found in stores for around €10 per bottle.

The three men are to go to a funeral, so they put on their confraternita (fraternal order) red robes and we part ways wishing each other well.

After some more loose wandering in the streets of the centro storico (historical downtown), we enjoy a gelato ice cream sitting at a bar facing the main square before heading back home.

For dinner we repeat the home experience of two nights ago, with the difference that the wine tonight is Duca di Mandas, a Monica di Sardegna DOC by the Cantina Trexenta and for dessert we enjoy some of the delicious smoked pecorino cheese with chestnut honey.

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