Posting from the 2400 year-old Teatro Greco at Taormina, on Sicily's east coast - it's simply stunning! The theatre is situated on a mountaintop looking out over the town (pop. 11,000), the Ionean Sea, and the various towns scattered down the coast - similar to Cinque Terre south of the Italian Rivierra. If the weather were clear we could see Etna (which we climbed yesterday), though alas it's pretty cloudy today.

Apparently there's a yearly film festival here, which would be fun to see someday.

My cousin has turned me into a coffee fan - we're having cappucinos at breakfast every morning and lattes or macchiatos in the afternoons. Next I suppose I should learn how the fancy coffee/foam machines at the office work.

The car's been fantastic - we've driven over 1000km so far (Sicily's big, and there's lots to see) and only had to fill up the tank once - no biodiesel, though. We've got ~250km left to get back to Palermo, and are part-way through the Harry Potter IV audiobook (gotta be up to speed - the movie comes out Nov18).

Ciao for now,


  1. Great news! My coffee maker will be happy to see some sunshine:)

  2. It sounds like you're having an awesome time. I haven't risked trying coffee again but India got me hooked on black tea. Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures!

  3. It makes me so happy to imagine you sitting in the sun on ancient stones.

  4. Kimberly and I were at this very spot in May 2005 - it is spectacular! Gordon

  5. Hello

    I will be taking a trip in February -- planning to see the world or as much as possible. If you don't mind me asking, what is the best way you've found to fund your trip? Did you save up or are you working along the way. I'm wanting to travel as long as possible --any tips?


  6. Hi Jason,

    Either way will work fine, depends on how you want to do it. I ended up just saving some $ then going, not doing work along the way. But from meeting other travelers who'd done work in different places, it sounds like invaluable life experience. You get to know a place way better if you settle in it for a little while, meet some locals, etc.