Time keeps ticking by out here, and we are really trying to pack it in and enjoy our last few months in Sicily. It’s been miserably hot here. Last summer wasn’t bad and I convinced myself that my 29 years in Sacramento really prepared me for heat, but, no. It’s hot. We’ve sucked it up and just run the AC all summer, and spent a good amount of time in the water.
We’ve had a few wonderful visitors out. Christy came back with us from Greece and her boyfriend Steve met us here, which was great! He booked his ticket literally one week before coming, I think he wins some sort of award for that.
We also went up to Lipari for a few days and rented a boat, which is amazing. We spent all day swimming and collecting more obsidian (the natural thing to do when you are shipping your belongings across the world in a few months). This time we brought the GoPro and got some amazing photos.
I have a slight paranoia about swimming in the ocean, or any water where I can’t see the bottom or what’s around me, because I’m about 99% certain that there are sharks lurking at all times ready to eat me. However, the water here is SO CLEAR that I can swim in it with confidence that nothing is coming at me. I think in our two summers here I’ve spent more time in the ocean that my entire life put together.
My friend Kate also came to visit! Kate was one of my roommates in college and I’m so happy she was able to come spend time out here.
We spent a few days in Malta with my sister. It was hot there too, a big difference from when we went in January. We got upgraded to an ocean view room, spent time in the beautiful water, explored the little town of Mdina, and had some delicious meals.
Christy flew home from Malta, and Kate returned with me to Sicily for about a week. We did some touring around here, including a boat ride around the Aeolian Islands to see Stromboli erupting. We saw one lava explosion, which I didn’t get a picture of, but seeing the smoking crater was pretty cool.
Kate was flying out of Rome, so she booked her ticket to Rome from Catania a couple days early and I flew up there with her. We did some speed-sightseeing, utilized the air conditioned subway a lot, and had a great trip.
Back in Sicily, the weather has been mercifully changing. Thunderstorms have been rolling in for the afternoons, which I LOVE, and it gives us a nice break from the heat.