Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
51Trip End May 01, 2012
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Palermo was an easy and relaxing place to visit, the English was really good, the people were very helpful, although the one thing we struggled with was the road laws, or lack of
Our hostel on the other hand was one of the worst places we have stayed during our 9 months of travelling. Firstly, it was freezing! After two days of thinking that there was only an air conditioner we realised that it doubled as a heater although made absolutely no difference. We found ourselves sitting in our room with all our clothes on, under the doona, in a sleeping bag and still cold. You could feel the cold coming off the walls, the floor, it was everywhere. Nearly every afternoon I would have a sleep, not from being tired, my theory is that my body went into hibernation. Normally if you’re cold you can retreat to a nice hot shower, no not here. The hot water was at best luke warm, and showering turned into a chore that we both hated. One night at dinner I told Luke that I wanted to throw myself into a pizza oven, Hansel and Gretel style, just to feel the warmth. The final straw was the bed. The springs could be seen from the surface of the mattress and you would wake in the middle of the night aching from sleeping in one spot for too long. It was a Chinese torture machine that we endured for 7 wonderful nights. Absolute hostel nightmare.
Reading back it sounds as though we didn’t enjoy ourselves, but we did. We can now look back in the warmth of our luxurious hotel and laugh at ourselves and realise that these are the things that we will probably remember most. One of our favourite days was a trip to Monreale. It’s a small town in the mountains about 45 minutes from Palermo
Dessert is a food that we are usually not fond of. I am much more of a savoury than a sweet person, probably because of the amount of sugar I already consume with my coke addition. On our last night in Palermo we decided to have tiramisu, we had been planning it for about 4 days. That’s what happens when you travel, things like what day to have dessert are big decisions. Well this big decision paid off, it was so delicious. All the food in Palermo has been exceptional, Luke’s favourite meal was fetticini with mussels and clams. Mine was a capricciosa pizza, I still don’t like olives and mushrooms but the artichokes were surprisingly salty and delicious.
Palermo is one of the places that I don’t think all people would enjoy, there are large, ugly, concrete buildings, dodgy looking people on every corner and generally looks quite run down. But it is authentic, beautiful and bursting in character like nowhere we have been before. We loved it, especially outside Palermo.
Love you and miss you all xoxoxoxo