„Lost in time“ / Ceglie Messapica, Italy – Day 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Ceglie Messapica, Italy

Before I started to write this I had to search for my phone. Since there’s hardly any mobile signal and no wi-fi or mobile data connection I don’t even look at it anymore. I had to count how many days we are here and which day it is. I lost a track of time. Everything is passing by so slow but at the same time it seems faster then the speed of light.

I feel like I’m on an island surrounded by Italian people. The feeling is the same like when you’re watching a Fellini’s movie or listening to some old Italian songs. Here on our residency Casaterra we have a complete isolation, all we can hear is the sound of birds, insects and dogs barking in the villages further away. The stars are bright and the wind is gentle. The smell of olive trees and old red soil is present in every corner. We feel very static but at the same time the weather seems like in fast forward speed – the clouds running by and sun caressing our skin.

Occasionally we have to leave our property and drive to the town to get water and some food. So we leave our “island” and get some glimpses of civilization once in a while.

1aUrša collecting our drinking water.

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Local dogs are visiting us regularly with their puppies and I’m making sure they get enough water.

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I gave names to everyone, of course!

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They like to sleep on our terrace.

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View over town Ostuni, 30km away from our place.

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Streets of Ostuni and graveyard.

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On our proprety Casaterra.

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Spritzaperoll – popular local alcohol drink.

 

On Friday we went to the town Martina Franca where we set up the exhibition of Rene Rusjan and had an opening.

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In the bar trying to get some local wi-fi. Aperol’s on the table, of course.

 

This place is full of olive trees so we’ve decided to explore some of the oldest trees in the area so we went on a “hunt” to catch the oldest tree.

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And we relax and play in the sea.

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We went to the town Ceglie Messapica to get some ice cream and suddenly we realized there’s a special holiday going on – lot’s of people everywhere and celebrations. We enjoyed some aperoll and listened to the local classical music which they played under the stars.

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The coastline has an interesting underwater canals and you can find different creatures in them.

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Urša in me in the background exploring the coastline canals.

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We bought fresh fish and made a BBQ.

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After the fish we continued the work. I literally found Jesus in one of the old olive trees and later it was patently sitting on our table.

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It’s very hot and Urša asked me to cut her hair. Old school style in “nature”.

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I love picnics near the sea.

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Our working stations at Casaterra.

Today I enrolled in the Martina Franka’s library so I can use the internet. Even though I am almost in an isolated island I have to use the web for my work. But then once again I return back to Casaterra and feel the nature, get inspiration and make new projects.

Untill next time,

Valerie

 

 

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