So this past weekend, Jennifer, Caitlin, her brother and I went to Palermo, Sicily. Jennifer and I went down Thursday and Caitlin and her brother met us there late Friday night. We had no idea what to expect weather wise or anything because we knew very little about palermo, only that it is the capital city of the mafia. thursday night, jennifer and i got in around 11 and then went to the town square area to get something to eat and see what all was going on. We had some of the most amazing pizza I have ever eaten. The cheese melted in your mouth. It was wonderful. After, we just hung around the center area. There was this man that kept casually showing up and talking to us and following us around, but we found him kind of funny because we would leave and then all of the sudden he was there again. Like a mosquito. But we just hung around.
All day Friday afternoon we walked around the city. it was beautiful! The whole city is surrounded by mountains with little villages up in the mountains. The city had lots of palm trees and stone like buildings. We walked along the beach area and watched a kayaking school kayak through the ocean. We went to a place for lunch and got more pizza. Jennifer had to go to an ATM and when she didnt return after 5 minutes, all of the waiters came to my table and were concerned saying it was super dangerous for her to be out alone and if she didnt come back in 5 minutes to go look for her. I kind of laughed it off, because i thought it sounded ridiculous, but thankfully she came in as they were all warning me about the dangers. So we kind of kept that in mind, and wandered around some more before returning to our hostel. That night, as we were walking from our hostel to the square area, the annoying man from before popped back up, asking us if we were scared of him. We again laughed it off, and he followed us the whole way then let us go eat dinner by ourselves. Of course, he showed back up, but was really angry and telling us he knew where we lived and would show up again at our hostel later that night. Being scared out of our minds, we got up to walk away from him when 4 men, probably my dads age, surrounded us, one flashing his police badge and asking us if we were okay. thankfully, they were nice and took us all the way home to our door so the man wouldn't bother us again. we pulled shelves in front of our door and bolted our balcony and went to bed convinced we were going home the next day.
after waking up, we decided we would tour the city with caitlin and her brother and if we saw the man, we would leave. but thankfully, we didnt see him. we got to see cathedrals, parliament, gardens, huge fountains, theatres, amazing beautiful buildings. Everything was beautiful. we had lunch at a nice outside restaurant that was surrounded by palm trees, fountains, fresh fruit and all sorts of tropical animals. It was very cool. We had pizza, of course, and then went to go walk around some more. We found trees that looked like they were straight out of the lion king. i have some pictures posted. but they were amazing! that night, we just hung around again back in the square, and thankfully did not see our creeper!
Sunday morning we went to the beach. It was about a 20 minute bus ride to the nice beach and it was worth it! It has mountains all around and the bluest water I have ever seen. We stayed there all afternoon, eating melons on the beach and walking through the water. Although it wasn't really beach weather, we wanted to pretend it was. We had sandwiches that were like fried beans or something but they were good. After, we came back to town and experienced gelato for the first time. my goodness was it good! caitlin, brendan and i had to leave for athens the next morning at 5 so we called it a night early. we went back to the first pizza place we went to and then just went back to the hostel to relax.
although sicily was a little bit scarier than i was hoping for, it was amazing. i would love to go back. the mountains were the clearest and prettiest i have ever seen. the little villages that went up in them were definitely a site to see and the culture was just so lively it was incredible. You definitely could tell you were in Italy! But I loved it and am counting down until I return