C ya Napoli, Hello Sicily, C Ya Sicily, Hello Rome
Trip Start Sep 04, 2007
35Trip End Dec 03, 2007
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Thats right, we went to bed in mainland Italy and woke up on the island if Sicily. DOnt ask me how, apparently the train is put on a ferry and shipped across the strait of messina, but i was sleeping so i couldnt tell you. We were greeted by Laura at the train station who served as our very friendly host. She showed us around her city. We walked through markets, churches, parks and she took us out to lunch. The markets we went to were so energetic. UN EURO UN EURO UN EURO! IF i got un euro for everytime i heard un euro, i would be a rich man. The sea creatures being sold were still alive. ANd it was huge! IT covered atleast 10 city blocks. After this we went out to eat at a place called Spinellas. It was a bar where we got some native Sicilian food. The thing we ate was called Aranchino, filled with spicy rice, cheese and shredded beef, and other things i was unable to identify. A deep fried shell; it was a nice change from Pizza for every meal, and it lived up to it as well. Laura lives with her mother, who, like all elderly weve met on this trip, spoke not a word of english. She was great though. She made us feel like we were at home and she was a spectacular cook, spoiling us with Italian cuisine. Our stay in Catania, and sicily, was short, but well worth it. WE took a night train out of there the second night, and awoke in the city where the roots all of those ruins we have been seeing around Europe began, Rome.
Weve been here for only a few hours and i am already in love. I will have more to say when i blog about rome, but we have already learned so much. WE caught the tailend of a free tour in the Roman forum (the ancient part of town) and determined we will go on a tour tomorrow. The tour guide we had was the best of the best. He does tours all over Rome, Florence, and surprisingly he has done things in D.C. I learned the etymology of capitol, roster, and Czar. I learned the history of the Roman emperors, beginning with Caesar, even though he was not technically the first emperor, nor was Marc Antony, Octavian was. We saw where Caesar was cremated, where peter and Paul were imprisoned, and where the senate convened. Tomorrow we are going on a tour of Vatican city, and we planned it so we get free entrance to the museum (the last Sunday of every month is free). I caught up on some sleep today in a park and I am feeling pretty damn good. Until next time ill catch yall lata.