Walking around Guardia at different times of day has given me a small insight into how the residents spend their time together.
Mornings are busy. From as early as 0600 people are going to work, doing chores, going to market and out and about. The day starts with the sound of the vegetable man calling out on his loud speaker that he is in town, bin collection trollies bump over the cobbled streets (EVERYTHING is collected on a complicated weekly rotation). I guess this early start is to do with the temperature of the day as it gets really hot in the afternoon. Ive been trying to get as much done as possible in the mornings as well as any trips outside Guardia before it gets too hot.
Around 1300 – 1330 shops close and the town changes dramatically. The streets are quiet, the crane stops moving, the builders stop shouting and the streets are only filled with sunshine.
Guardia’s people seem to have lunch and then a siesta, something i’d like to take home with me to Scotland! A bite to eat, lay down, read a book and have a snooze, a perfect way to break up the day. After siesta Guardia is beautiful, it is the best time to go out for taking photographs of the medieval town and also for getting some work done.
By 1600 it is no longer ‘bon jorno’ or ‘bon jour’, which they say in Guardia dialect, but ‘Bona sera’ and this is a great time for walking about seeing what people are up to and catching up on news of the town.
As you walk around you see the older men and women doing their hobbies, crochet for the women and botchie or petanque for the men, but equally bus stop or shop front ‘newsing’ is an art in itself.
People eat late in Guardia, often as late a 2200 if you’re out for a meal! As those who know me, they wont be surprised that i’ve yet to last until that late to have my dinner!
The town is quiet again by 2300 and the day starts again, only 6 hours to sunshine…