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... slipping off it and you hopelessly slide around its skin for a few laps.
After Palermo I went east across Sicily via bus to Catania, a city at the base of Mt Etna, the largest volcano in Europe, and still frequently active (as it is tonight!! Exciting!!!).
The bus trip from Palermo to Catania was pure madness. The chain smoking driver was either pulling over every two seconds for a durry, or, alternatively, swerving oncoming traffic ...
... an espresso and a torte in the piazza and basked in the sun for a good while. Up to this point I had done quiet a bit. I went to a castle (toured that for a solid hour +); went to at least 5 churches; 3 different street markets; went to all the near piazza's, peering into shops; and now I was enjoying the weather. It's only 11 am and I'm already worn.
That was my morning in Catania!
P.S. I got a new suitcase! ...
... from being away from water for so long. (Alright, alright.. only a little over a month..). As I mentioned in a previous post, the Mediterranean sea is much different than the Pacific. It's nearly clear here. You can see all the rocks as if you were looking at it naked. Plus, it doesn't cast a fishy smell like I am used to. In the area I was yesterday, the water was roughly 60- 70 degrees. Not super warm but definitely not Monterey.
I stayed near the water for ...
... I was texting my mom the entire way and said something along the lines of "It feels more like a silent tour of the coast than a way to get from point A from point B."
Finally arriving in Messina, it's dark. I have one more train to catch and then I can shower and go to sleep. I bought my ticket to Catania Centrale. Because its a regional train, it stops at all the cities, including Taormina. My train was to leave in half an hour form bin #5.
It was 5 minutes ...