We are Simona and Sandro, an Italian couple that has been living all over the world for the last few years. Simona works in education and Sandro is a science journalist. We decided to settle down in Apulia, that is also the region we come from. Simona's family has an old manor farm down there that we have been completely renovated and called La Controra - some minor details are still to be done actually! - in order to move and live there with the idea of combining our jobs and interests with a much more relaxed life-style and to bring something new to the community.
About the town, Manduria - where we're staying - it gets busier in the summer and you would have plenty of opportunities to enjoy local festivals, the marvellous sea, concerts and events around here and in the major cities in the nearby (Lecce is only 40 km away and it's one of the pearls of Barocco in Italy. A place you can't miss!). Having a car would be easier for you. However,if you don't have it and you need mine from time to time, we could share it once we get to know each other - refilling the fuel and driving safe are the only requirements!
You would have a private room here at La Controra. According to the time of the year we could give you a room with private bathroom - bigger and brighter, with more comforts - or a smaller room with a bathroom located a few steps up and shared with the co-workers. This depends if you're coming in the busy high season or in the low season.
We would love to meet simple and curious people with a true love for any form of knowledge, art or science and who care about themselves and the environment. We really like the vibrant atmosphere we get from the cities - where we often have to be back for work - but in the end we love spending our nights chatting about music, films, literature or planning new activities with a glass of the local red wine, some good local food and nice friends around.
If you are an artist of any kind, it would be also nice for us to organize some small events in Manduria where you can exhibit/perform or maybe just some occasions to exchange your skills with local people and local artists. Or, it would be great if you'd like to make something for us here in order to make our place special :)
Mostly, we'd ask you to help us in running the place. We both work so it might be you have to clean and tidy the co-working space, arrange the place for some workshops or activities, do some gardening or diy work.
If you find yourself having a similar profile, please do not hesitate to contact us for more info!
Looking forward to meeting you,
Simona, Sandro & the cats!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Help around the house
If you've never been in the south of Italy, you'll be amazed and baffled at the same time. Get ready to be plunged into the wild nature, beautiful seaside, old traditions, a very rural environment and some peculiar (and a little bit messy) streets. You'll love Lecce, Taranto and Bari - the biggest cities around here - but you'll never forget the small white villages like Ostuni, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Ceglie, full of history and culture. Here in Manduria you can learn a lot about wine and oil making - there is a great museum just a few minutes walking from the house - about history - we had the US army here during the II World War and there is a strong relationship with relatives of the old veterans, a museum and old memorabilia. Finally, you can relax on one of the best Italian seashores and learn a lot about marine envirnoments.
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Some general maintenance but especially help to run the place (clean and tidy the art space for workshops and classes). Some diy projects as well.
Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner
This host offers a language exchange
I'd be interested in learning German (I know some bits of it), Norway or Swedish or maybe just to go back on my Chinese. Anyway, this is not the main purpose of our hosting.
Private room in a flat shared with us or the whole flat next to ours but with less comforts.
I will provide fresh fruit and vegetables for workawayvers on a daily basis and I will fill the cupboard with breakfast goods for their arrival. I will also offer them some typical food from our local cusine (a meal twice per week). For all the other meals, they should buy and cook themselves: I have a two-flame basic cooktop where they can boil water for pasta, rice or whatever they prefer to cook. A tanker truck brings us water periodically but we prefer not to drink it. Therefore, I usually walk to the closest fountain (5/6 minute walking) to fill in bottles or tanks and have dinkable water. They should do the same for themselves.
You'll basically have all your day off except for the time you'll spend feeding the cats and taking care of them.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
It would be great for us to host digital nomads. La Controra is a bnb and co-working/art space that we'd love to fill with people travelling to Manduria from all around the World, work here, share their knowledge and do some networking.
4 hours a day 5 days a week (MAX 20 hours per week)
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