So, in September we will have been living in Maberga for 11 years. As of June this year we have been living in Italy for 13 years. We've earned the status "resident". And still, we are not from here.
This "non-native" status is becoming less and less obvious every year. We notice it, and others notice it in us, in more and more subtle ways and behaviors. For example, I can now say at least 3 whole sentences to a stranger in Italian before he/she hears my Wisconsin accent and asks me where I'm from. Shit, at that rate I should be able to have a complete supermarket checkout transaction without the checker asking where I'm from by the time I'm 70.
And I still won't be "from here". Let me give you some more examples.
Last week was the annual Maberga Water War. It's an annual event held here in Maberga where neighbors get panicked about the lack of water in the springs that we all use to water our ortos and then start acting Medieval. They start cutting off each other's water supply in one way or another. Sometimes the battles of this war entail people higher on the water chain (aka: farther up the mountain) simply taking more than their share, leaving the folks lower on the chain with minimal or none. Sometime people just disconnect neighbors' tubes if they think they are taking more than their share. And sometimes the tubes actually get cut...chopped up....made into many pieces thus rendering them incapable of carrying water. Oh what fun are the drought days of summer in Maberga.
David and I won the war this year but due to no (or very little) skill, knowledge, or actual fighting on our own behalf. Think of us as France. Our tubes were disconnected. We made an ally in another neighbor also affected by our lack of water (think England), who then brought in another ally (think USA) who fought the battle. War over. David and I gave out chocolate bars.
Yes. After 10 consecutive Maberga Water Wars we still don't know what we're supposed to do. And our neighbors KNOW that we still don't know what to do.
Another non-native behavior that we continue to do showed up just this week in the form of this...
This week at the discount market is "Mexican week" (it's a German market chain). We have an embarrassingly large amount of that cheese right now in our fridge. I don't know too many natives who would be as darn happy about that cheese stash as we are.
In other random Maberga catch up news, look who's here!
That's Mila - the famous Mila from Creature and Creations, the well-known German author, and of course OliveKnitting commenter. I was lucky enough to get to see her twice! Here she is in Maberga