On September 11, Catalonians celebrate the date when they lost their independence in 1714.
Tens of thousands gather in the streets, wave flags, sing rousing songs loudly, bang drums even louder and have a wonderful time. There is a current initiative for Catalan independence -- blocked by the central government and the courts -- so passions might have been even hotter yesterday.
Early reports from Naples indicate that my pool cage and roof are intact and no trees are leaning on the roof or house. Power is out through the entire community. No specifics yet to confirm that the inside of the house stayed dry. Neighbors lost trees and I assume I did, too, but that
has not not yet been confirmed. All in all, it seems like a pretty upbeat report.