Lava e lucertole

Greetings from the temporary world headquarters of Able Grape, which, thanks to the wonders of 3G wireless technology, is a little cottage not far from Mount Etna. Etna, as we discovered to our delight, has been giving a little show lately, spewing a constant plume of smoke, with lava flows visible at night on the slopes. Every few minutes the sound of birds in the citrus groves is punctuated by a few boati — low booms. And when we arrived yesterday, there were lightning storms (temporali) around its peak. The picture, taken from our little terrace, was the best I could do at night with my hand-held digital camera, but it doesn’t do justice to the mountain’s beauty.

We arrived tired and hot from the long trip, and just managed to find a nearby supermercato where we nabbed some basic supplies and a handful of inexpensive wines. Then we two tired, sweaty little lumps sat on our terrazza with a little wine, bread, and cheese. Nothing fancy, though the 2007 Miceli “Fiammato” was enjoyable (and the name, which means “flamed,” seemed somehow appropriate given the volcanic spectacle). Spent this morning reading a recent Andrea Camilleri novel, Il Campo del Vasaio, which was fantastic, and then worked on the new version of Able Grape’s UI, while a fearless lizard came and nibbled on my foot. Yep, can’t quite escape from work — that’s life in a tiny startup — but the change of scenery has been relaxing. Look for the new UI soon after my return…

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