Sicily Day 4

My first time in Sicily sped by very quickly, but I was really happy with the holiday. For the last three days, his mum attended to me from the beginning to the end for all places. She must have been very tired.

At the airport, we had coffee and snacks, and I promised her that I would definitely send something from Japan to her. I really appreciate her professional hosting. I would like to take Italian class to learn the language and culture and would like to enjoy more Italian holidays in my life.

Luca and I took a flight at noon and flew back to England. Soon after we got on our plane, we opened our laptops and started working on our dissertations while drinking lemonade. The flight was nice; I saw several small islands and the beautiful shape of the city of Naples. We will come back next year to travel around all places in Sicily for at least two weeks.

Sicily Day 3

We woke up around noon. We were very tired from swimming on the second day. His mum was planning to go to a proper sandy beach on the third day, but we decided to go to Taormina instead, which is one of the most popular places in Sicily.

Taormina is so beautiful and the most unforgettable place I have ever visited in Italy. I took many pictures of the town and the seascape and sent them to my mum.

After walking around the small town, we had granite with brioche at a popular cafeteria called BamBar. I truly love the Sicilian almond granite (and pistachio gelato)! We shopped for matching shirts and local traditional ceramic plates, as well as lots of food: pistachio cream, pesto and wine.

His mum made an appointment at the dentist for him, and he said he didn’t want to finish his holidays with the dentists, but she took us to the dentist after Taormina. It was just a check up, but a very funny experience; I ended up watching the whole process in the same room.

At night, I helped her with the cooking, and we cooked pasta and omelette. More than anything else, I want to mention about the coffee his mum makes. She uses a classic coffee pot every single time, not an electronic coffee machine. The coffee was wonderful! The everyday food in Sicily was a luxury for me.


Sicily Day 2

We went to a long-awaited Sicilian beach! It was not a sandy beach but a rocky beach on an island. We took a boat from a yacht harbour and crossed the sea about for 15 minutes. On the small island, there were local people (about 20 people) swimming. We wore rubber shoes because it is a natural rocky island, but I ended up scratching my legs a lot. The sea was transparent and I was able to see the bottom of the sea.

I loved swimming in the sea in Japan. But, I thought that real nature was scary, because the waves crashed into the rocks on the island and they were strong waves (for me), they swept me off my feet easily and the sea was considerably deep. I was very scared of it, but other people were swimming so easily. Although I needed to take time to get used to the sea, after an hour of swimming besides the island while being supported by Luca, I was able to swim towards another small island, which had even stronger waves. He supported my body and moved me while I was trying to swim, like a dad! We swam for about five hours in the afternoon, so we got very tired.

That night, his mum cooked some local fresh tuna. The grilled tuna coated with sesame was great, and we also had local watermelon to follow. All the activities and the food were Sicilian, and I had quite a fulfilling day on the second day.