Mark Hinshaw is a retired architect and city planner who lived in Seattle for more than 40 years. For 12 years he had a regular column on architecture for The Seattle Times and later was a frequent contributor to Crosscut. He now lives in a small hill town in Italy.
Italy's two-week collective vacation period is an intense time of festivals, performances, concerts, entertainment for children, community dinners, and other events in public places. My family and I feel fortunate to have experienced this continual “social weaving” ourselves.
The reward for Italy’s diligence has been that this year the country received an EU allocation of €191 billion ($210 billion) for infrastructure projects. The program is known as the National Resilience and Recovery Plan.
Italy is a land of family farms, and as expats there we enjoy produce, meats, and dairy products as fresh as possible, with daily deliveries via small trucks that ascend to our hilltop village in the early morning.