November 2, 2008
I’ve been reading a fascinating story about the harsh peasant life of Italy’s wild Abruzzo hill country in the village of Santo Stefano do Sessanio. A wealthy millionaire came across the deserted village in 1998 and decided to save it. Daniele Kihlgren has created a beautiful hotel there and is continuing to develop other abandoned villages with a local architect. I don’t really know this region of Italy but I would now love to go there and see what they’ve done. It sounds so eerily familiar with what our plans and dreams are for the hamlets around Kipilovo. One small problem. We’re not millionaires. I also think the Bulgarian villages are still ‘living’ compared to the Italian villages in Abruzzo. Italians were forced to leave the villages to work abroad due to poverty over a century ago.