Italy

Catania in Sicily, Italy

I only had a weekend to explore Catania in Sicily, Italy. During my short visit there, I saw it as a cross between Naples and Rome.

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I was actually walking around with a very awesome travel buddy. We were in the same training class together. We talked about travel experiences over Sicilian cuisine, arancini (very popular there), and glasses of wine and limoncello. I was lucky to find a travel buddy who has itchy feet like I am and would not complain about places like Catania, places that are not exactly aesthetically pleasing to most people.

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It’s quite … uhm … dumpy over there. The buildings look aged and uncared for. But if you can be open minded and really look pass the … uhm … “greasy” layer of the buildings. you can still notice how magnificent the architectural designs of the buildings are no matter how battered the appearance is.

 

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The city looks so unorganized. Dysfunctional. It’s noisy. It’s clammy. It’s mucky. It’s busy as heck! And to me, it looks so alive … so liberating.

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And despite it’s chaotic nature, the historical side of the city is so evident everywhere.

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They have an elephant statue, an elephant!, standing as an emblem of the city. Something that is so uncharacteristic of Italian culture.

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You can still drive a little further and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Catania may never be a contender for the cleanest, most organised city, but to me … I was soaking in the chaos surrounding me as if I was lying down a peaceful meadow. I was loving the moment of being in a city full of everyday people living real everyday lives.

Last Call…

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All images are taken with an old Nokia phone.

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7 replies »

  1. Amazing photos taking on a Nokia?? It is interesting how they have an Elephant in the square? It is more Indian than Italian. I believe there is always beauty beyond the surface. Good attitude Rommel. 🙂

  2. Fun post. My husband’s family is from Sicily, but we’ve never been there. It’s on our bucket list. Thanks for the intro. I love the elephant, any your uhm … sense of humor. 🙂

  3. Hi Rommel, I looked at a related post about the Venetian in Las Vegas. Guess what? Now you will find two comments I made on your earlier post one year apart! Happy holidays to you and God bless your New Year 2016 and whatever and wherever you find yourself!
    ~Liz from Hawaii

  4. Thanks for posting it. I have been to Catania a couple of years ago on a mission trip to the Roma people that live and pass through there in great numbers. Your photographs reminded me of that time. 🙂

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