Buses, Trains, and Ferries...oh and a taxi too

Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
Trip End Sep 02, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Friday, May 6, 2011

The Amalfi Coast is quite beautiful. I wanted to see more but only spent one night there. To save on hotel costs I stayed in Salerno, however I soon learned that the low price was due to it being 25 minutes away from the train station. Closeness to the train station is my number 1 requirement in picking places to stay (other than it not being scary), so that was a bummer. And their "free shuttle" was quite limited. But they did get bonus points for having a pool.

On Day One to get to the train station I had to take a bus. I'm used to the bus so that's not a problem, but while it was only a 5 minute walk it looked like the middle of nowhere. And every car that passed by thought they had to honk at me. Why do people do this? Do they think its a compliment to be honked at? It's really just annoying and reminds you even more that you are a female standing by herself at a lonely little street sign reading "Fermata" (or Bus Stop). Luckily the bus came --- about 15 minutes late or right on "Italian Time".

So from the bus stop to the train station, to the ferry I went. I like ferries because they are a very economic way of getting a boat ride. Plus the views were amazing. There are several towns along the coast but with one day I only went to Amalfi. Its a nice little town with quaint shops and cafes. After wondering around I spent most of the time just sitting on a bench with a good view reading my book.

The shuttle was supposed to be at the ferry station upon my return, however no one was there. Its the worst when no one is there to pick you up. Its just like when you return home from the airport and your ride isn't there. I love to be welcomed back even if it is by the old man driving the hotel shuttle. Somehow there was a mix up in times resulting in me having to wait another 2.5 hours. No fun. And the next day - no shuttle in the middle of the day, so I had to take a pricey taxi. That brings me back to my number 1 hotel rule - always book close to the train station.
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