Hotel Il Gelso Bianco
Travel Blogs from Catania
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Spent on plane tickets to equidor: $2658 --- $ 4542
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... beauty, small mercies and of course, olive oil. Here in Sicily, the people are the most passionate, well aligned, loud and humble people I've ever met and I hope I remember these days when I come home and start to get wrapped up in life again.
Last night I had to do one of the most painful things a backpacker has to do, a backpack cull. You tip up your bag and layout all the **** you have unknowingly accumulated over the past few ...
... 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! ...
So compared to my previous day, this day was an absolute breeze! I woke up to sunshine peering through my orange silk curtains. Smiling, I stayed in bed, allowing my body to fully wake up. There was no need to rush. My host in Taormina told me I could leave my bags in the room and go see the sea this afternoon. I was planning on leaving for Catania right after.
At 9 am (the specified time) I heard a knock on the door. BREAKFAST! I opened the door with a smile and ...
... 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 ...