- desire /dih-ZAHYUHR/
- bid /bid/
- overwhelmed /oh-ver-HWELMD/
- dedicated /DED-i-key-tid/
- office /AW-fis/
[verb] – to want something, especially strongly
The place had everything you could possibly desire.
[noun] – an offer of a particular amount of money for something that is for sale
I made a bid of $500 for the necklace.
[adjective] – completely overcome or overpowered by thought or feeling
The group was overwhelmed by the number of applications.
[adjective] – believing that something is very important and giving a lot of time and energy to it
You have to be a very dedicated musician to be successful.
[noun] – a position of authority and responsibility in a government or other organization
As president of the organization, he held office for over 20 years.
“Thanks to all the publicity, we had a lot of requests,” says Giuseppe Mangiapane, the mayor of Cammarata, who entered office in the middle of the pandemic in October 2020. “Cammarata is a stunning town — it’s like the panoramic terrace of inland Sicily because you can admire all the marvels of the island — even Etna’s eruptions, many miles away, from here. Anyone who comes falls in love immediately. However, unfortunately, the pandemic starting the same year as the project was launching, blocked everything.” However, as the virus spread, something else began to happen. The younger generation of Cammarata began to return home. One of them is Ornella Ancona, 28. She’d moved to the UK for the past five years after leaving Sicily about a decade ago to study and travel overseas.
However, she returned in January 2021. She said that the pandemic had drastically impacted our perspective on life, and it had made me wish to return to Sicily for a while. Moreover, she returned with the desire to re-establish a connection to the place and people from whence she originated. After such a difficult year, the peaceful location and the real warmth of the inhabitants have been the finest remedy.
- Why did many people apply for the initiative?
- Is Sicily’s €1 home scheme a good idea? Why do you think so?
- If Covid did not happen, would the home scheme be successful? Please share your ideas about this.
- If you had a chance, would you like to live in Sicily? Why or why not?
- What kind of perspective did Covid bring to your life?