Tuesday, January 17, 2012

La Maddalena

La Maddelena is a beautiful island near Sardinia, which previously had a U.S. submarine base.  After a submarine crashed into a rock near the base, causing the only known earthquake in Sardinia, questions about the source of the earthquake forced the U.S. government to admit to the accident.  With that and a 17,000 signature petition demanding the removal of the base, the U.S. vacated the base.in January 2008 after a 35 year presence there.

Our Servas hosts Giovanna and Giovanni took us on a couple of great hikes and talked about their interactions with the marines stationed there.  Giovanna helped many marines, who at first were told not to interact with the locals, and later were allowed more freedom.

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