Ughh the bus
Naples Travel Blog› entry 6 of 21 › view all entries
March 20th, 2009 – by: cotterb
Just one car width in size and lacking a sidewalk, the trip there was a bit difficult and dangerous. I actually passed the alley sized street several times before I found it.
For me, discoveries like this are why I travel. I don't travel just to see the sights and museums. Museums actually bore me to tears because there's usually only one or two things worth seeing. The exhibits are rarely marked very well and since I lack so much culture the art all starts to look the same. I travel to try and experience a bit of what being in this place is like. I feel like I have an idea now.
As I passed the time I found schools and churches all busy, none on the map, and all off the beaten path.
The tour time came. It was great. One of the best tours I've had in a while. We climbed through narrow passages, saw wells...from the bottom up, and talked about the numerous uses this underground city has had.
After the tour I began to twiddle my thumbs. I wandered from small street to small street looking, seeing, enjoying, but finally it was time to do something. It was 2:30 and I was getting a bit hungry. Looking to my left I saw a sausage shop. Again, no real name, just something like, Salumeria. I went in.
I read on a comment for hostels that no one in Naples speaks english. That's not far from true. I have tried hard to learn a bit of conversational italian and I feel like I made a lot of progress, but as I stood there wanting to by some bite size sausages I had found in a store the other day I was at a complete loss of words.
While the sandwich is great I feel obligated to tell you what it was. Sausage, in this case salumi nepolitano, on bread. That's it. I loved it, and it was better then the ham sandwich (ham on bread) I had at the train station not to long ago.
While I ate I headed back to the Piazza Garibaldi. The main square next to the train station. This is where most busses come and go from and to get to my next destination I had to catch a bus from there. I was headed to the Museum Capodiamonte, a huge museum with lots or art. Despite this location being a major stop, it was not easy to get to. There wern't any metro stations and only a couple of busses seem to go near it.
My guide gave me a couple of buses to choose from. As I wandered around the large bus staging area I could only find one of them. It said that it went to this location (remember, my experiences with buses have not been good, so I'm trying to be very careful).
I rode the bus back to the station.
This second round wasn't so pleasent. The first round had only a few people on it. This round was busier. I didn't thing much of it since I had a seat...and since I knew where we were headed I knew I had a while before I would give it up. We made the first stop, and two of the smelliest people in the world got on....and sat next to me. They stayed all the way until just a couple of stops before mine.
When the air cleared I realized that it was time and I jumped off the bus. The museum was actually a bit hidden, and I discovered by looking at the other bus stops, that my guide and some of the other bus stop signs were wrong...thus my confusion. At this point I wondered about getting a cab back, and then realized it might take me an hour to hail a cab being this far from the city center.
The museum was nice. That's my way of saying that I liked it, but I saw the whole thing in about 2 hours, when my guide said "You can never see it all in a day."
The bus ride back was better. It came quickly, I found my stop easily, and I was headed back to my hostel. I stopped at the grocery store (which is more like a 7-11 busting at the seams) and then a small place for a pizza which I carried back to the hostel and ate.
A couple of notes about the food.
First, it seems that all of the pasteries in Naples and Rome are made by the same company. I just can't imagine that all of these small trattoria's have cooks which make things look exactly the same as each other.
Second, the pizza here is okay. I actually prefer some of the stuff we get at home. As a food lover and travellor I understand that things will be different, but I have not been impressed by the pizza here. Often it's a bit cold, and the toppings need help. Canned mushrooms are a sin.
My trip to Napoli was good, well worth the effort, but I think there are better places to come. Tomorrow, I'm off to Sorrento.
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