Monthly Archives: June 2013

27 June 2013: In Case of Earthquake, Cower Under Table Or How To Wait Out an Earthquake; English Expat Edition

After the upheaval (terrible pun unintended) of the last few days, I thought it might be a good idea to write about The Completely Sensible Way To Act During An Earthquake, or rather, what I found myself doing during an earthquake.

1. Like everyone else  in Lunigiana, make sure you ring the emergency services to ensure that they know that there’s an earthquake actually happening. It is, after all, entirely plausible that they hadn’t noticed the foundations of their office trembling, or the fact that their desk had overturned itself.

2. Find a good place to cower. I particularly recommend a good old fashioned hide under the kitchen table; not only is it a safe place, you can also turn it into a fort, because that’s a completely grown up thing to do…

3. Wine. Find wine and make sure it’s with you in your makeshift table fort.

4. Panic about the chickens not being shut in. Consider going out to fetch them. Remember that in a minor earthquake, foxes will probably be too preoccupied to kill them. Question whether attachment to said chickens might be becoming a little too extreme.

5. Run out of wine and curse yourself for thinking that one bottle would be enough.

6. Get bored now that you have run out of wine and consider alternative earthquake friendly activities. Suggestions include venturing out into the kitchen for another bottle of wine, attempting to find a pack of cards or moaning monotonously about being bored if there’s someone under the table with you (extra points if you manage to re create the eye rolling whinyness of your teenage days).

I found this was a productive and undeniably good way of waiting out an earthquake if, like me, you were incredibly lucky and escaped the worst of it. If not, here are some actually helpful earthquake instructions. I hope everyone stayed safe over the past few days!

17 June 2013: Summer comes to Lunigiana’s National Parks

Summer is here! And with it the opportunity to explore the numerous national parks that surround Lunigiana. Home to some of the most diverse and beautiful wildlife in Italy, the parks are clustered around the 39 mile long River Magra, which is perfect to explore by boat.

In particular, Montemarcello-Magra Park is worth a visit for the spectacular views alone. Boasting a view over La Spezia Gulf to the west and the River Magra to the east, it is perfect to explore by foot or on horseback.

Another remarkable area is the Il Parco dei Cento Laghi which occupies 22827 acres of mountainous land North East of Parma. Famed for its lakes and abundance of wildlife such as wolves and golden eagles, Il Parco dei Cento Laghi offers visitors an escape from the busy cities of Tuscany to a place of quiet reflection.

il parco dei cento laghi