Let's Catch Up

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Oct 11, 2008

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Flag of Italy  , Veneto,
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sorry that we haven't written in so long, but with Ryan's computer on the fritz, internet stops are far and few between. Well,  let's catch up. After we last wrote, we stayed in Sorrento, near Naples in southern Italy -- in a room in a cooking school. Meals were delicious to say the least. While in Sorrento, we drove the Amalfi Coast, walked the ancient streets of Herculaneum, and feared for our lives on the crazy roads full of crazy drivers. Sorrento is beautiful, but also very hot and dirty. We nicknamed one street that we often had to walk down "dog poop lane." Yep. We also took up our hostel on a day trip to the island of Capri (and found out that it is pronounced KAH-pree, not kah-PREE). We took a small boat with one captain/guide and a handful of Aussies to the island, which we found to be overrun with tourists and shops that no one in their right minds could afford. The 2 hours on the island served as a reminder as to exactly how poor we are. Nevertheless, it was refreshing to get back to our humble boat, cruising around the island, through grottoes with glowing green water, cliff-diving in beautiful caverns, and just plain swimming and soaking up the Mediterranean sun. From Sorrento, we headed north to Orvieto.

Orvieto is famous for its ceramics, a cathedral, and wine. The wine is great (Orvieto Classico), the ceramics are very pretty (mom, I got you a little something), and the cathedral is nothing to sneeze at either. However, our most memorable experience in Orvieto had to be our scolding. We woke up a bit before check-out and made a breakfast of eggs, cheese, and tomatoes in our hotel room (not the ideal place, but we were without a kitchen and are already over budget). Well, little old Italian hotel owner goes to water the plants on the balcony we share with another room to water the flowers, and either peeks her head in our window or smells our breakfast and starts yelling, "NO COOK IN ZE ROOOOM!!!!" After mumbling an apology, Ryan went to check out where he endured a good 10 minutes of English-Italian Nonna anger (while I slipped out the side door with my luggage...mwahaha).

Verona was our next stop. "Home" of Romeo and Juliet (not really, but there were 2 feuding families there around that time that gave the bard some real-life inspiration. Verona is also home to a famous opera festival every summer, and we saw our first opera in a 1st century Roman colosseum. We saw Aida. It was long, but it was beautiful. I can't wait to see another opera (with perhaps a seat more comfortable than a 2000 year old stone step). We saw some of Verona's sights before deciding that it had been enough. Enough pizza. Enough pasta. We needed burgers. We hunted down a McDonald's (of course it wasn't difficult), and ate our hearts out. We felt sluggish and fat after that, so we wandered markets and read in the park for the rest of the day. Verona was our last stop in Italy, so we bid the country, the crazy drivers, and the gelato a fond Arrividerci.

PS. Ryan forgot the cable for his camera in our hostel room, so we will post pictures of this part later. Sorry!
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