East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


Waiting for the river

It’s a bad moment for being stranded in Astigianistan, along the course of the Belbo river.
The recent rains are wreaking havoc with the Piedmontese river system1.


Vast areas are already under water, and the Belbo, roughly 100 yards from where we live, has a long history of disasters and floods.
Our house went under in 1948, when the water here in Castelnuovo Belbo reached almost six feet in depth on the town hall square (which is fifteen feet higher than this house) and again in 1968. In 1994 the water stopped something like 20 yards from our front gate.


What can we do?
We wait, and first thing tomorrow we make certain that the house insurance is still alive. Then we start moving all the stuff upstairs.

I’ll keep you posted.

  1. this, despite the many opinionated f*cks that keep saying there is no ongoing climate change because they have air conditioning.