Spring has sprung in Liguria – about time too! There is still snow on higher ground, but down below it is reassuringly too warm for two layers most of the time – shorts and t-shirt are go! Symbol for spring awakening round here: the incredible mimosa tree!

A quick update on our social status in Badalucco: we now know most people by name; we now talk to the young people as well (they’re usually in groups, so penetration was more tricky). We are going to our first party (a meat-grill, NOT a barbecue) tonight. We’ve been invitied by two girls to join them on a high-alpine trek in a few weeks (waiting for the snow to melt). All in all, we now feel much more at home than before, because a genuine if not teribly profound contact has been established to a very nice mix of people. They always told us that in summer everything gets more lively, and it looks that way, too. What we can confirm from earlier observations: Badaluccans are very very friendly, hospitable, open and generous.

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