We arrived in Catania at 8:30pm last night. It was a short taxi ride to the very sweet B&B, where we were welcomed by the friendly staff. I was exhausted from the 30 hours of travel time it took to get here. I am convinced that layovers cause more fatigue than running 3 miles. Luckily, I slept through the night and am not experiencing jet lag.
Flying in, I could clearly see Mt. Etna’s lava flow glowing like red embers in the night. Everyone-from the Sicilian couple I sat next to on the flight, and the taxi driver who took us directly to our B&B, to the lovely Peppe, who welcomed us warmly and showed us a more intimate night view of Mt. Etna from our B&B’s rooftop terrace-welcomed us warmly!
As I was going to sleep, I breathed in the Sicilian air. It is hard to describe the air here, but the air and its fragrant smells bring me right back to my first visit here in Sicily when I was 10 years old. That was when I first met my grandmother and the first time I saw mountains and rolling landscapes!
Today, we started our day with breakfast on the rooftop. And we walked all over discovering new places in Catania and making final preparations for the two weeks ahead. Below are some photos from my first day in Sicily.