Agropoli to Catania

Trip Start May 21, 2008
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Trip End Sep 01, 2008


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Flag of Italy  , Sicily,
Thursday, June 26, 2008

On Sunday I caught the train from Agropoli to Catania, arriving early evening.  Met Stephanie in my dorm room, who has been my travel buddy for the next three days.

Catania is an interesting city, which I would describe as "shabby-chic".  Locals will take the rubbish to the local bin, and give up about 2 metres short and just drop the bag on the street.

Also their driving is questionable... not sure a licence is required in this part of Italy.   The centre line is  really just to add a bit of colour to the road, as the locals drive all over the place regardless of on-coming traffic.  There are no traffic lights, (waste of money investing in such things), as the locals play "chicken" trying to cross intersections.  Indicators on a car are really just for decoration, as they use them randomly with no intention of turning.  On the open road, people overtake regardless of on-coming cars who then have to swerve or break to avoid an accident.

In terms of actual exploring, I've done a day tour Mt Etna which involved walks to outlying craters and visited one of the many lava caves.  Visited Taormina, a medieval town perched high on the side of Monte Tauro with amazing views over the bay.

Also attempted to visit Syracuse... the one hour bus journey took three hours, due to road works and the local's inability to cope with temporary traffic lights, when the road went down to one lane.... i.e. they travel up the wrong side of the road, then attempt to cut in front of the first car regardless if there is any room.... plus "red light" still means "go" around here.  On arrival attempted to walk to the sights but it was much further than thought, so tried to have lunch in the one cafe along the way only to find a screaming child.  Ended up in McDonalds, and then caught a very slow train back to Catania to avoid another three hour bus journey.

Thursday I head to Palermo... where the driving is described as "deranged"... !!
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