Palermo, and first train ride of many to Taormina

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Had a huge breakfast up on the 7th floor with sweeping harbour view. Lots of Germans with a tour group here. We each had 2 ham and cheese sandwiches accidently follow us back to the room. A leisurely check-out, we walked back the bus area we arrived at from the airport, and ended up just jumping on a city bus without a ticket for the 3 kms to the Central Railway station. Got our First Class railpass validated, good until 13 MAY. Purchased a pesky supplement seat reservation, walked out to our track #4 just as the train was backing in. Dirty windows! Had our own private compartment for the 3 hour journey to Messina. Ate our sandwiches, enjoyed talking, lots of sea views and apricot trees full of fruit. Made a short, easy connection to our all 2nd class hour-long train ride to Taormina. Ran right along the water, view of mainland Italy across the water, beaches, a few tunnels, chased a kid on a moped. Hung out the window a lot. Fun!
Some lovely British ladies gave us change for a 5 at the station, showed us a local map so we could see where we needed to walk, and we hopped on the bus for a 10 min ride from sea level to the city. Another 20 minutes thru town on foot, on impossibly narrow streets, always watching out, mopeds, small cars zipping around, and we arrived at our hostel Oddysey. Tina from Buffalo showed us our room, the tiny kitchen, and 3 small baths with showers. Beds are soft and springy! love it! 4 bunk beds. An older gentleman from Holland arrives into our room right behind us. Judge whispers to me "he snores". How does he know? He did! Not real badly, but like a deep base snore, even got up a few times, put on earphones, to which Judge in the middle of the night had some choice words about. Anyway, we took what felt to us like a well-deserved nap, often happens on the 2nd day in Europe, and I fall into a deep sleep from which Judge woke me. Glad he did, it was time.
We venture out for a stroll, it's cooled off a lot, and we feel like pizza and found a great place. Family run. Outside. I am noticing Judge using British words, and what made it even funnier is that he had no idea he was doing it. I hear about his adventures traveling with his buddy, Colin driving in a jeep from Utah to Baltimore. Hilarious. We walk later to a fantastic overlook: huge hotel, half moon getting bigger, twinkling stars, beach, hearing waves, and blinking lights all over hillsides. It's a quiet neighborhood where we reside. Nice. 18 Euros/$30 a nite/person. No internet.
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