Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Agosto



Agosto, il mese più freddo dell'anno... 'August, the coldest month of the year'. After I had to take my summer holidays in July, this is going to be the first full August I've spent in Milan. And I'm already starting to feel a bit excluded from society in general, as I'm someone who's working throughout the month.

Broadly speaking, Italy does shut down for the whole month. Italians simply can't go without their month long holiday, usually on the beach somewhere in Italy. You can start to feel lonely. Not only does everyone (or almost) you know go away on holiday, the city shuts down to a certain extent too. Your day to day life changes, whether it's because than panetteria on your street's closed so you can't pop in for fresh bread every day, or the bar near your work's closed so it means no coffee deliveries every morning; oh, and public transport runs on a reduced summer schedule too... The radio and TV schedules change, and there's always the constant talk of beach, sun, and holidays...

So it's about making the most of what could be a bad situation. It does have its upside though, less traffic and air pollution for example. I'm determined to enjoy August in my own way, even though I can't go on holiday like most of the country.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i love reading your blog nerys :) maybe coz i feel represented by your thoughts..yes august is also called the BLUE-MONTH, expecially in Italy, but it gives opportunities to stay alone and reflect on you life..althought it could be better the shops were open..

misteryofvenice

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I know - it's quieter but it drives you crazy!

Nerys said...

Ciao Mistero! ;) Thanks for your comment, I think that's part of the problem, too much time alone, it gives you too much time to think, it's not necessarily a good think!

Hi Pat, it really does. It's nice to start off with then it just gets annoying.

Anonymous said...

Oddio quanto odio l'agosto a Milano!!! Menomale che ora vivo a Londra! Un bel freschino qui, e neanche un cartello di "Chiuso x ferie"!!! :)))

Nerys said...

Neanche per sogno! Tutto come qualsiasi altro periodo dell'anno! Però anche se mi rompe le scatole un po', a me piace girare per la città quando c'è poca gente, è quasi come se fosse un'altra città.