Italians stocked up on all the pasta shapes but smooth penne, all sorts of pasta sauces, canned foods, as many bananas as the 15th century sailors going to the New World, detergents and disinfectants, frozen foods and all the antibacterial products available.
The concept of personal space doesn't exist in the Italian culture as well as the 'me time' one, Italy is a collective culture, not an individualistic one.
If you want to hurt them, keep them separated, at a forced distance, unable to touch each other and to enjoy their rites, like having an espresso sitting down at a coffee shop to catch up.
When the weather doesn't allow them outdoor, they enjoy their historic coffee shops and restaurants!
|Italians love cooking daily and eating fresh local and seasonal foods|
Yet this pandemic has been straining the Italian national healthcare system and, as this post is published, 700 Italian doctors and nurses have been contaminated for the lack of protections.
It is thanks to the often burdensome taxes that the Italian healthcare and government are really taking care of everyone present in the boot.
Isn't it what the government should do in case of a pandemia? Apparently most countries don't agree about it and neither the WHO that told Italy to test only the suspected cases.
Why? Because each testing kit is over 1000E.
Well, the Italian government has always been clear about their priority: the citizens' well-being comes over economy.
This is why we pay our taxes after all...
|Original decor of Regia Farmacia, Piazza San Giovanni by the Duomo where the Holy Shroud of Turin is preserved|
As the days went by, Italy surprisingly got together as never before in all her history 😲 made up of little kingdoms. Like ducklings following mama duck, the Italians listened to and willingly accepted their PM, Mr Conte's decisions - yes, totally made under the highest national epidemiologists and virologists's guidelines.
|Porta Palazzo market|
The current COVID19 restrictions have imposed an even harder sacrifice to the Italian dietary lifestyle made up of daily food errands to get the freshest local and seasonal ingredients and specialties. Living in Italy is a luxury indeed 😎
Now many outdoor markets are closed, as well as non food or primary need shops. Even our very own Porta Palazzo market (the largest outdoor market in Europe) had to close momentarily, and in the effort of guaranteeing the one meter personal space, shoppers are allowed into grocery stores very few at the time, only for a limited time.
Basically, getting food isn't as convenient as usual, there's often a long line and as people are forced home, they order online from the stores, cook more and as a consequence, many foods aren't always readily available 😓
And once more, we are grateful for our doctors and nurses who are giving all they have to save us all. The least we all can do is complying with the law and stay home.
What else do we do?
We play music and sing on our balconies and windows as if we were at a concert and the theater is all of Italy 😍
|Via Roma one of Turin's luxury shopping streets|
A special thanks to all those who work tirelessly and selflessly to keep us alive and kicking 🙆
Money come and go, but helas, even though Italians are notoriously unruly, we aren't cats and like everyone else, have only one life 😿
Thank you, China and the Chinese communities in Italy, for your friendship and generosity despite the insults and the injuries you all have been victims of in these past weeks.
Thank you Mr Conte, for giving Italy the thrill of feeling like one unified country under your leadership, you are indeed a real catboy 😻