I wonder if anyone is reading this page dedicated to the foreigners living in Angera?
I do hope some of you have discovered it, as it would be nice to see some comments and opinions posted. Is it that you find everything in Angera absolutely perfect and have no suggestions for improvement?
For instance, what do you think about:
The Rubbish Dump
This year access restrictions were introduced. Italians can use their ASL Italian Health Service cards, but foreigners who do not have these cards, such as people from the JRC, need to apply for a special ECO card from the Comune, and also tradesmen need special cards. This seemed like a good initiative in order to avoid that anyone can empty rubbish there, even non-residents. However, the disadvantage is that long queues form as cards are scrupulously checked one by one. These queues often lead right down on to the main road. What seemed like a good idea has become time consuming, creating difficulties to exit with vehicles blocking the entrance in the queue and has become hazardous for traffic on the main road. I also fear that certain tradesmen when they are refused entrance, go down the nearest track into the woods and dump their load there! When walking the dogs I find piles of rubble, tiles, etc. abandoned in the woods nearby to the rubbish dump. Which brings me to my next argument …….
Walking dogs, restrictions and risks
I always thought that parks were places for children to play and to walk dogs. Angera has so many “no dogs” signs. Also along the lakeside dogs are forbidden. So, where should we walk our dogs? In the countryside and the woods? Perfect! That is where we like to go, but in this period with the risk of getting shot by hunters. Even going out when dark, in the pouring rain, when all good hunters should be at home eating their “polenta con osei” (polenta with tiny shot birds lying with their legs in the air – delicious!), no they are still out there shooting away, gun in one hand, lantern in the other. Sunday we nearly got hit and even if you shout at them they don’t relent! I remember years ago while working in the garden getting sprayed with pellets from their guns, but in recent years the situation seemed to have improved. Now it seems to be bang, bang everywhere again, close to where people walk and live. No doubt the laws have become more favourable for the hunters again.
Floodlighting the Rocca di Angera
You will no doubt have read the articles about trying to get Angera Castle floodlit again, like in the good old days (not so long ago). My compliments to the people who have been dedicating so much effort in trying to re-establish this wondrous sight. When you think that we have this magnificent castle, a truly romantic tourist attraction, sitting proudly above our town and we don’t show it off. In Las Vegas they build floodlit copies of our monuments for tourists and we have a real one which we leave in the dark! What a pity!