Trip Start Apr 30, 2005
Trip End May 30, 2005

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

So Im off to Cortona. The Trains here are fantastic. Very comfortable (not the go train) and very frequent.Got off at Teronitol and took a 20 euro taxi ride to Cortona. This is hilarious. I get of at the train station and I see the taxi out front, but no driver. So I go ask the train guy "where is the driver" He tells me to go to the bar across the road. problem I dont know if i want someone from the bar driving me..So I go and ask the the owner of the bar with broken italian for a taxi to cortona. He tells me in broken english that he will call and to wait . so This young cute italian boy shows up about 20 mins later to drive me. no problem. So he take me up...high up on the hill. I think is the highest spot on cortona, but I find out later it is only half way up. wow. I show up at the hostel around 12:30. well there is a sign. SIESTA.....F#%#... i forgot.. 1700 he will be back.. so I decide to sit outside and wait. Two Canadian girls show and say that he didnt show up yesterday for them till 1900 . yikes... So Im hoping it was a fluke he was late.. no it wasnt. Another two Canadian girls showed up, they are studying there and were staying there for 6 months. They let me put my luggage inside so I could go wander off and find a Cafe. Cortona is beautiful, great views of the valleys and hills. Very compact but very steep. Hostel guy showed up at 2000 , took my passport and my confirmation of booking and show me my room gave me a key and was gone in 10 mins. He has a sweet job. I found my favourite cafe in Cortona. Making it my regular cafe. Very sweet young waiter. yummmmmm
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