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”