„Far away from civilization“ / Ceglie Messapica, Italy – Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Ceglie Messapica, Italy

After a long hot day we finally found an Internet Caffe. I haven’t been in one for ages! I’ve been used to wireless internet everywhere or at least a mobile data transfer, but here in “Casaterra” we are without any sign of civilization. Even the mobile phone signal doesn’t work – well just on some spots. We bought an Italian mobile card because we wanted to use it as a possibility to get some internet for emails at least, but it doesn’t work. So I’m completely off the “world wide web”.

So let me first tell you where I am at the moment. I’m at the far end of the southern Italy – next to Sicily in the town called Ceglie Messapica. Well, actually I’m a little bit out of the town, on the countryside in the middle of nowhere on the property called “Casaterra”. We are having artist residency in the wild and connecting with nature, getting inspired by small everyday details and listening to wind and crickets. At the moment I am working with video again but I’m thinking to try to stay off the digital work and try to work with actual materials around our place. I will definitely try something new, the nature is too appealing.

Since I haven’t been on the internet for days, here is the “photo report” of the first five days.

After 15 hours of veeeery long car drive and 1500 km we arrived in the town called Alberobello. It was the first sign of the culture we arrived to and the architecture soon reminded us that we are far away.

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First “contact” with the architecture of southern Italy.

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We visited the local museum to learn more about the traditional houses, called Trullo or Trulli in plural. We became excited because we saw where we gonna spent the next days.

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Museum showed us different types of Trullo.

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Beautiful Alberobello.

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White buildings and flowers, I feel in love at first sight.

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Streets in Alberobello.

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Backyard of local Trullo.

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Fresh grapes.

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Selfie in the garden.

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Local artist showed us his work.

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Trulli.

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View from the terrace.

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Local church.

From Alberobello we drew forward to Ceglie Messapica where we searched for our property Casaterra. Thanks to the GPS and some logic we found it and were soon charmed by the beautiful wilderness that surrounds the place.

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Entrance to our place Casaterra.

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Our place.

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My first personal Trullo which be “my shelter” for the time of residency.

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Inside of “my” Trullo.

After the couple of days spent in Trullo I can say that I can finally understand “strange” architecture – it’s actually very logic. The weather outside is very hot, but inside of Trullo the temperature is just right and it’s great to sleep! It’s also very sound isolated so you don’t hear anything from outside world. It’s like a cave.

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Steps to climb on the rooftop.

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Lovely rooftop place.

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View from rooftop.

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Steps from above.

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The view – nothing but the blue sky and olive trees.

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Jumping on roofs – me in the background.

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My new rooftop office.

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Never get tired of sunsets.

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The hot weather definitely calls for some refreshment in the sea!

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Underwater selfie with Urša.

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Urša swimming underwater. The sea is just perfect!

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Our calm place back at Casaterra.

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The terrace – a place to have great breakfasts and dinners.

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View in the kitchen.

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Local dogs are visiting us on daily basis. We learned this dog’s name is Pipa, so here she is!

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Noisy Pipa on our terrace.

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We are having a great lunch but unfortunately the picture decided to be blurry.

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Back on the roof again.

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Our beautiful southern residency.

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My video installation in the local environment “Safe breath under the olive tree”

So here is my blog entry of the first couple of days, written in the only internet caffe nearby. Next to me there is sitting one man who is watching porn. That is rather strange to me, because of course I can see his screen and he’s kinnda old. Well, I guess anything can happen in Italy. Lots of boobs and vagina everywhere.

Today we spend some time exploring the southern coast and the town called Ostuni. It is very beautiful “Marrocan style” town and I will show you more photos in my next blog – hopefully it will happen soon but I can’t promise since this internet costs 1€ per 25 minutes, so that’s a really expensive luxury here in the south.

Later,

Valerie

 

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