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Travel Blogs from Giarre
Challenges:$3200 --- +$7200
Spent on plane tickets to equidor: $2658 --- $ 4542
Europe to US dollars 1 euro = 1.36 US dollars
Country cash ...
... 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! ...
... gave me another opportunity to use my italian! I found it pretty quickly but being from Kansas, I had never taken a bus (at least not by myself). I had no idea if I needed a ticket (like we did in Rome) or what. The ticket/information booth next to the bus stop was closed so I began walking towards all the shops. A kind man from one of the restaurants kindly enlightened me that I pay once I am on. Having an hour to kill, I stayed and ate some bruschetta (still not ...
... board the train going nowhere?) so he speaks english with me (THANK GOD!). He grabs my heavy bag and we exit the train and briskly walk down rows of trains. We crossed nearly 8 pairs of railroad tracks. Each time he told me to "walk gently."
We made it to a train that was the next to depart. The gentleman tried describing that the train would take me to a station ( I thought back to Palermo Centrale.. nope) and I had to stay on until the end.
I did as I was ...