Escaping the football worldcup madness I spontaneously accepted the offer to go as a cook to a seminary for german youths in the mountains close to Albenga in Italy. The place was magical, hidden in the olive trees close to a small old village on a mountain it had the nicest view. No internet, no telephone, no television. Nice people who care and share. The house was an antique olive mill, over 600 years old – probably – and had had many different uses over the time, also as a monastery, actually it was various stone houses put together and now carefully renovated from the inside with much love for the details. It had many terraces on the highest of which we slept under the stars when the weather allowed it.
The bathroom view was stunning, the window next to the toilet almost from the floor to the ceiling, with blue wooden shutters, and a iron railing.. looking over hills and nice old villages in the distance, I could sit there for hours if it wasn’t for the cooking.
During this weeks I learned a lot about vegan cooking and about the different wild flowers and herbs, growing around summer solstice, like the St John’s wort o erba di San Giovanni, hierba de San Juan in spanish. We collected the open flowers at St. Johns day, in the evening made a fire to commemorate the change of sunlight length. We put the flowers in oil and let it in the sun, to turn it into red-oil. We also did Landart and drawings and made music… We bought olive oil and wine from our neighbors and ate ice cream and swan in the sea every time we went to the city of Albenga.
I learned about Anthroposophy, olive-trees, how to restore ancient dry stone walls, how to make Gnocchi, etc etc.
Went for nice walks in the surroundings, partigiani-memorials everywhere. Here are some of the pictures I took: