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March 23rd, 2009 – by: cotterb
At my job I do a lot of sitting. It's not the job itself, it's my current assignment there that requires this sitting and it's driving me nuts. I like to be a bit active and now I just feel like a lump of potatoes and the scale has helped to solidify that fact. I do work out at home, but what I went through today was a real workout.
I slept in a bit longer then I intended. My eyes opened at 7 but my body refused to get out of bed until 9.
As background, when you got to Amalfi you are usually intersted more in the Amalfi coast then Amalfi the city. That generally includes the cities of Positano, Amalfi, and for some Ravello (a little more inland) To get to Amalfi from Sorrento you have to take a bus. There isn't a train available. I'll explain why later because I was pleasently surprised. The bus typically goes from Sorrento to Positano, through a little known city/town called Praiano and finally to Amalfi. To get back you go the opposite way.
It is possible to take a train to Solerno and then bus to Amalfi, but then you miss the views fo the coast and you miss Positano.
Finally the bus arrived in accordance with the revised schedule which was posted in Italian and was in agreement with what my new Washington DC friend said. We hopped on, and headed for Positano. When you take this bus SIT ON THE RIGHT SIDE of the bus. While the first quarter of the trip is mundane as you make your way to the coast, once you're there it's amazing. You are on a small road looking over to the Amalfi Bay. The view is great and the smell of burning brakes only enhances the experience. Again, the driver spent more time on the horn then he did on the brakes, but they had a slight odor to them anyway. (I'm exagurating a bit, the trip wasn't unsafe at all)
Positano, and Amalfi are both on a mountainside headed straight for the water.
When you arrive in Positano look at your map carefully. If you plan things right you can get off the bus at the top of the hill, walk down, enjoy everything and meet the next bus at the bottom on the other end of the city. I ended up doing this. After missing my bus, and knowing I had an hour to wait I wandered down with a closer eye on my map. I met the bus and got on.
Then we made it to Praiano. The driver dropped us off. I don't ask for directions, a fault I fully admit to, but listened as the woman in front of me asked. He said °Yea yea, just go down it's not far.° We left the bus and started down the road. We walked, and walked, then suddenly two construction workers yelled at us.
In some places following these instructions would have ended me up in a trinket shop. In Praiano however we found stairs, and a slope all the way to the bay where we could see the road we needed to be on way above us. We confirmed the instructions with another gentelman (the German woman spoke more Italian then I do) and we kept walking. As we approched the bay we saw the bus....and then as we headed up the mountainside path....saw the bus drive away. Another hour of waiting. The German wasn't interested in waiting and turned around.
An hour later the bus arrived.
I headed back. Another wait for the bus. They didn't have any signs posted about the road delay at Amalfi (despite the 8 buses staged there and the large SITA bus terminal nearby) so I didn't remember when they would run again. Another lesson learned, if you see a sign about a bus delay write it down so you have it when you want it.
We got to the road block, and got out. I now recalled my last experience and started walking fast, hoping not to miss this next bus.
What a great day though. Despite all of my problems with buses, and all of the stair walking, I saw something that few tourists bring themselves to.
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