Napoli: Colorful Chaos

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Our train ride to Napoli lasted a little over an hour, which surprised me. For some reason I had been under the impression that it would be a much longer trip, perhaps because of the significant gap between Rome and Napoli on the maps I had seen. It could also be that the train I was on was a high-speed one, although if that was the case it was nothing like the "bullet" train in Japan. Regardless, the train was very modern and comfortable and the view of the Italian countryside was very enticing. It definitely inspired me to return to Italy someday and visit Tuscany and the other, more rustic rural areas that Italy is known for.

As we approached Napoli the scenery began to change a little bit.

The first thing that attracted my attention was one of the biggest packs of stray dogs that I had ever seen. There must have been at least twenty dogs running together! As they ran behind a building and eventually disappeared, something else caught my eye- an increasing amount of trash bags in big piles. The trash began to increase in concentration and then came to an abrupt halt in front of a bunch of fences. On the other side of these fences were buildings with multi-colored laundry hanging out of the window and children playing soccer in the streets below them. This appeared to be the city limits of Napoli, which was confirmed as the train began to slow down and enter the graffitti-covered station area. A few minutes later the train came to a stop.

As we stepped out of the train, we became aware that this city was very different from Rome, perhaps even its opposite. Overwhelmed by strong smells, loud voices and people rushing by us (as well as crashing into us), we felt a rush of adrenaline surge through our veins. We could already tell that Napoli would be exciting not only in terms of culture, but also in terms of the unprecedented... and perhaps even danger. Although we were a little intimidated by the things we already knew about Napoli and our first few impressions, we walked out of the station welcoming the next three days in this city with open arms, and became part of the colorful chaos.

 

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