Giovinazzo: By the port

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2Giovinazzo isn’t really a tourist area. It’s a small village with a lot of cats, not so much hotels or B&Bs, a few popular cafes, gelaterias, pastry shops and bakeries and a very pretty view of the sea. This also means there are not a lot of tourists, and thus, not so many Asians. This made me a bit uncomfortable at first because there can be a lot of staring. Not the shy, looking away yet still looking in the corner of the eye-type of way, but the looking straight into the eye and then stopping tracks and looking again, regardless of age and gender. Not that this is wrong, just a wee bit awkward on my side. Now I’m quite used to it now (and I’m hoping the people of Giovinazzo will also get used to me) and try to say ciao whenever I have the chance, mostly to little kids.

I love that each family seem to have a bakery, cafe and cheese place they prefer going to. Also the fact that everyone seems to know a member of (almost) every other family. Something like, “Who was that?” “Oh, he’s the uncle of my friend’s cousin.” “…Oh. And how do you him?” “My aunt used to go to his wife’s shop.” “Oh. Well, THAT explains everything.”

더운 여름은 솔직히 말하면 지옥같지만 창밖 풍경만큼은 눈이 시원! 지금까지 세번 방문한 호텔은 하얀수염이 인상적인 아저씨가 운영하는 곳인데, G의 부모님집 근처에 사셨다고 한다. (지금 다시 물어보니 공식적으로 호텔은 아니고 그저 아는 사람들에게만 방을 빌려주는 곳이라고. 그래서 화장실에 비누가 없었군)

어느 작은 동네가 그렇듯 소소한 가십거리가 많다. 예를 들면, 저 친구 할아버지가 옛날에 누구랑 사업하다가 잘못되서 영화 “대부”에서처럼 배타고 바다로 나가서 혼내줬고 (어떻게 혼내준건지는 잘 모르겠다) 이 아줌마 아들은 큰 도시에서 브라질 여자랑 결혼하려다가 파혼당하고 지금은 고향으로 돌아와 고양이 네마리랑 살고 있고 등등. 호텔 주인아저씨는 대단하진 않지만 나름 개인기(?)가 있었음. 바로 여성편력. 이혼을 3번하고 지금도 만나는 여자가 늘 바뀐다고 하니, 그냥 푸근한 아저씨 스타일인줄 알았는데 뭔가 매력이 철철인가보네.

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5All photos by rachelsanghee

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