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After a few weeks in Sicily I'm starting to figure a few things out. It's becoming clear that there is a Right Way to do things (aka, the "American Way"), and then there is the Sicilian Way. Here are a few examples.
The Right Way to buy Fruits and Vegetables: Walk into the supermarket. If it's November then it's the perfect time to buy some asparagus because you'll be helping the ...
We picked up our rental car in Siracusa, made a quick run back up to Catania (short but boring story) then searched out the backroads and scenic routes in a roundabout drive to Noto. Happy to have the independence only a car can provide after relying on public transportation for several weeks. The busses and trains we've used have worked well and have been easy to negotiate. ...
... the hotel just magically show up. Just point and click. Google knows everything about us. Sure hope Google and Santa Clause don't compare notes.
After settling in to our room we went out to stroll the island and to find something to eat.
Ortigia is heavily influenced by tourism, but for some reason I found it quite charming rather than tacky like many other tourism-dominated towns. Part of it was, I think, a true local artist ...
... roasted in their skins, deeply blackened on the outside but smokey and delicious on the inside. Karen made an incredible salad with them adding only a little salt and olive oil, which we devoured on our train ride to Siracusa along with some bread, cheese and grapes (both the delicious sweet fresh variety, and the also delicious dry fermented variety).
They say it is the mothers and grandmothers who, thorough their ...
... evening, making it nice for long walks.
I have enjoyed taking part in the Sicilian way of life. I cannot believe at how lucky the Italians are when it comes to fresh produce, and how cheap it is. The peaches, nectarines and apricots are amazing and for under $2 a kilo. I even saw peaches the other day, freshly picked for 80 cents a kilo. And you dont have to look far for a fruit stall as they are on nearly every street corner. I have loved being able to eat so much fresh fruit.