Train problems...

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Last night was a nightmare.  I laid down, a little late at almost midnight, and fell asleep alone in the room.  Unfortunately three drunk travellers came in a bit later and couldn't stop talking about how drunk they were.  One of them needed water...another needed to use the bathroom.  When the bathroom guy came out, he locked the door to the dorm, locking the water guy out.  Then the bathroom guy passed out, so the water guy started banging on the door.  Needless to say, I unlocked the door and tried to go to sleep.  It was 4am before things settled down and people stopped snoring.  Hostels...you get what you pay for. 

I like the train, it is way more reliable and understandable compared to any bus system I've been near.
The view from the main street Corso Italia, to the main plaza, Piazza Tasso.
  With that said...

I took the bus from near my Napoli hostel to the train station.  That went pretty well for being a bus.  I got off and headed toward the Napoli Centrale train station, however I paused when I remembered that I needed to be on the Circumvesuviana train line which was a different station.  One that should not be too far from the central station.  I looked at my map and almost started to head down the street when I caught I one line comment about following the signs from the main station.  What luck that was.  After I navigated the main station I realized that if I had tried to come in the back way I might never would have made it.

Once I got to there I read the train schedule.  It turns out that the Napoli Garabaldi station on the Circumvesuviana line is not the beginning (or end) of the line, there's one more down the way.
The hostel I stayed was underneath this parking lot and was very close to the bay.
That is important because when I come back I need to know that.  I tried to figure out when the train was coming or going but as I saw trains leaving I couldn't match them with the schedule.  Finally I put it all together and headed for the train marked Sorrento.  I say it that way because I missed it....and now that I had figured out the schedule I was stuck waiting....for an hour.

The Circumvesuviana train is a commuter train, not a long distance train.  Even though the trip to Sorrento was just over an hour it's not as comfy as other trains.  I also read cautions about pickpockets, thief's, hoodlums, etc.  The biggest reason I mention this is because it was cold today, and the draft in the train was painful.
Orange trees growing in the backyards of Sorrento
  I didn't dress for the weather well enough so I was a bit cold the entire way.  However, the view from the train was incredible.  As we closed on Sorrento all I could see were lemon and orange trees.  They were incredible.  As a mountain boy, I don't see much citrus in my back yard. 

Okay, I'm here, now to the Hostel.  I hate taxis and, of course, the hostel I chose was on the other side of town.  I don't mind walking, even with my backpack on, and I started walking down the street.  Sorrento is much friendlier then Napoli and you don't worry about being pick pocketed like you do in Napoli.  I enjoyed the walk, figured out the trick to get to the hostel and as I walked in was amazed.

The Ulysses Hostel is actually a hotel.
The main plaza, Piazza Tasso, in Sorrento
  There's no way around that.  They give you yhour own key to the room, they have a weight room, pool, and fitness center, and they don't demand payment up front.  They have a tea area where they serve over 40 kinds of tea's, they have a bar, cleaning staff, etc.  It's amazing and the price is great.  I have no idea how they are going to make this business happen, but I like it. 

My room was one of just a few dorm rooms they have.  While they are a Hostel, most of their space is dedicated to private rooms.  My dorm room however only had 1 bunk bed and a bathroom so it was basically private, and since no one stayed with me during all three nights I was here, it was basically a private.

Once I settled in I headed back into town.  Between my train issue and finding the hostel it was too late to carryout my quick trip to Pompii and Mt Vesuious.  I did some laundry and went to bed early so I could do my big trip tomorrow. 
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