Coming out of the other side of the lockdown in Sicily, I’ve been thinking about how my choice to make Sicily my home has affected my experience of the “quarantena”, as it’s called here. As our freedom got increasingly curtailed, the importance of mental freedom became only too clear. Here’s a video of Lule Lule, an Arbereshe song, recorded with musician friends on balconies and terraces across Italy and Sicily to celebrate the importance of keeping up traditions, even during social distancing.
“You only are free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” Maya Angelou