Trip Start May 15, 2006
Trip End Sep 29, 2006

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Friday, August 4, 2006

There really isnt much to say about Bari. It is a port that you leave from on the way to Greece or Albania. There isnt much to say and although it has a reputation for being a bit dangerous(?), it is just more boring than scary.

We got in last night after one of the worst days of travel so far. It just seemed like we missed every one of our connections by just enough to frustrate us. We also got ripped off in Naples when we tried to by a stolen camera for 50 Euros and ended up with a nice case filled with cardboard and weights. I dont really want to get into it but we felt like idiots and Ill leave it at that.

We took the train from Naples to Bari and ended up getting to Bari one hour too late to get on our boat to Greece. Of course, it took us 2 hours to figure out that no boats left that night due to the inefficiencies inherent to any transportation system in Italy. We then had to search for a hotel room at 10pm in hopes of finding a place to stay. The one good thing to come of it was that we met up with 4 other travelers who had the same problem which gave us somebody to eat dinner and share the costs of a hotel room with(once we finally found one).

The day wasnt great but it did have some saving graces. We had an amazing meal in a small restaurant in Naples while we waited for our train. It didnt have anybody who spoke English in the whole restaurant and was down a little side street that tourists wouldnt usually go down, for safety reasons more than anything else. Ryan wasnt going to eat anything until he saw the lasagna I got for 4 Euros and then decided to join in as well. We ended up both having a serving of lasagna, a pizza, and some spaghetti carbonara with four waters, tip, and tax for cheaper than you could get a burger and fries at home. How do you beat that?

Back to Bari. We spent the night in the hotel and then have spent today getting our tickets for the ferry and doing laundry and internet. We got up early and got our tickets for the deck on the ship to Patras, Greece. It will take us 16 hours outside on the deck without a seat but it was the cheapest option, so we went for that. We then did laundry at the nicest laundromat ever where we were entertained by a flat screen tv, internet, and a cool little Italian kid. It made laundry time not so bad.

We also found one of the coolest things ever. They have wine stores here that you enter, pick the size of your jug, and ask them to fill it up. They fill it up gas pump style and it is super cheap for really good wine. They have the bottle of the wine there as an example of what you are getting and it costs about 10 Euros a bottle. We each got 5 liters for the ferry and it cost us a total of 10 Euros for 10 liters. Dont worry mom, we wont drink it all ourselves but we thought it would be a good way to meet people on the ferry with a free glass of wine from our HUGE jugs.

We have to go and do a little shopping in preparation for our ferry trip and then head down to the terminal. Next time you hear from me, Ill be in Greece lounging on one of their famous islands.
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