im home....kind of
i have finally arrived here in bella italia! it feels great to be here. Matt and i have already been struck by the people here. they are so nice and outgoing and entertaining to watch. i forgot how theatrical italians are. right now matt and i are on the amalfi coast in a small town called Atrani (about 1km south of the town Amalfi). it is SOOO beautiful! its like an italian Santorini; a ancient town build on a precipitous cliff overlooking stunning tourquoise water below! and the weather is good too...finally
its really nice to be in a small town. last time i was in italy i wasnt in a small town like this, just the toursits meccas of florence, roma and venice. the people in small towns are more open and willing to engage with tourists. last night we went out for pizza and pasta at this little resto in the main piazza. i had a DELICIOUS and huge italian style pizza (with only cheese, fresh tomatoes tossed in olive oil, and basil) all to my self for 3 euro!! matt had an incredible seafood pasta and homemade foccacio.
right now we are sitting in the piazza in Antrani having our first Cafe Latte and a fresh baked chocolate crossant....mmm! the weather is sunny and around 20 degrees. life is very good.
Atrani piazza at night
it feels exciting to be in italy...which will be my home for the next 6 months. i have already started practising my italian and embracing/falling in love the culture and lifestyle. although a nice man we met last night at the pizzeria said that he has been to selva (where i will be living) and its very different there. he said they dont consider themselves italian and even dislike italian speaking people. apparently everyone speaks german and all the signs are in german. i imagine it will be more alpen than italian. but he promised there will still be delicious italian food.
we have rented a room here (right in the main sqaure) for 3 nights and then we will be heading up to naples. we have decided to cut our italy itinerary down and spend more time relaxing and enjoying each place we visit. i think we will go something like this: naples/pompeii, roma, florence (with day trip to Pisa), milan. we are aiming to be in milan on the 25th of nov. to see a AC Milan champions league game!! its matt birthday on the 23rd and thats what he wants to do to celebrate.
thats all for now...i will try to post some stories from Greece when i have more time!