April 13, 2016
I’m waiting for the train to take me to Agrigento. My eye is red again; I just changed my contact lense too so I’m not sure why. It’s a bummer that I’m wearing my glasses. Agrigento is a 2 hour train ride away (it leaves at 8:41) and when I get there, I’m supposed to find Scala dei Turchi which is apparently hard to get to so I’ll have to see if I can find someone to go with me. It might be difficult…I’ll see what I can do. There is also an ancient temple to visit. The train is moving now. It’s a hot day today – 27 degrees. Onwards we go!
Later – On Top of Scala dei Turchi
I MADE IT! It’s absolutely beautiful up here and I love it. There water is very clear and the sun is so bright and the rocks very white. It must be heaven!!
So! Upon arriving in Agrigento, I spoke to an old lady from Victoria. I was trying to find someone to go to Scala dei Turchi with me but the old lady (and her friends from Whitehorse) were only going to the Temple. Then fate intervened and I saw the french couple who sat beside me on the train to Cefalu yesterday. They didn’t know that much English (and I don’t know that much french) but we knew enough of both languages to communicate and after finding the tourist office and the bus stop, we eventually made it on the bus to Scala dei Turchi. This bus doesn’t drop you off exactly infront of Scala dei Turchi (for some strange reason; I really think it should). You have to walk nearly 2km — or so everybody said but it felt much longer. Maybe because it was blisteringly hot! My shoulders got a bit burnt and my face now looks a bit like an oopma-loompa. Anyway, we were walking in the hot, hot heat, past mean European dogs who jump against the fence and viciously growl at you, and eventually we found it: a very white and smooth rock right by the water. I walked for a bit through the water and it was so cool and refreshing.
The french couple (Pablo – named after Picasso – and Saina) were very nice. They offered me some of their water but I politely declined. Next we found the bus to Valle dei Templi. There are seven temples, including the Temple of Heracles and Zeus. There were a lot of school groups in attendance.
At around 5, we caught the bus back to the main station and since we had half an hour before our train, we decided to go for a beer. I love how you get free food with your drink — also, the french couple paid for my drink which was so nice of them again! It turns out our train was late so we had to catch a bus and then transfer to a train at another station. I liked the bus ride because we got to see a lot of beautiful green hills…we also saw a lot of sad, stray dogs lying around outside unfortunately.
I fell asleep on the train…it took us an hour longer to get home!!