The Road to Noto is Not Smooth Sailing and Whispers From the North

I’ve gotten pretty good at navigating through Siracusa, but the train station is a little out-of-the-way from my usual haunts, which have by the way expanded greatly.  When I tried to get there to take a train to Catania, Pearl and I got completely lost and a 20 minute trip took well over an hour.Continue reading “The Road to Noto is Not Smooth Sailing and Whispers From the North”

Catania: The good, the bad and the ugly

I booked a long weekend at an Airbnb in Catania to meet my friend Bena who was coming from Frankfurt with her family. We never meet where we live:) The last time we met it was in Strasbourg, France. They were staying in Aci Trezza a 20 minute drive away, but I chose Catania becauseContinue reading “Catania: The good, the bad and the ugly”

Siracusa: living like a Sicilian peasant

It’s been well over two weeks since I’ve written a blog post — sorry. This is due to many different things. Probably the most significant is the terrible Internet in Syracuse or at least where I am. Although my Airbnb is supposed to have Wi-Fi, it usually only works when I’m out in the yardContinue reading “Siracusa: living like a Sicilian peasant”

Siracusa: Week 1 — Part 1

And now for something completely different — living in southern Sicily. People here still follow the traditional way of life. Most but not all shops are open for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening. Although, some are only open in the morning, some only in the evening andContinue reading “Siracusa: Week 1 — Part 1”

Rome 3: Where the streets are paved with gelato

If you ever want a multitude of opportunities to train your dog to leave it, come to Rome. At least in the Vatican area the streets and especially St. Peter’s Square are covered in various colours and flavours of gelato. Pearl is pretty good at leave it and drop it but the last few daysContinue reading “Rome 3: Where the streets are paved with gelato”