|View from our AirBnB apartment. Not too shabby. ;)|
I then had a weird health issue pop up out of nowhere. Something neurological and thankfully not serious. Unfortunately it took a week of my time spent under hospital arrest to find that out. So, the year really ended in an abrupt, anti-climactic fashion. I was working, working, working, absent for a stressful week, and two days of work later, BAM, finished!
|That's what I'm talkin' about. In Mondello outside of Palermo.|
Being in Sicily definitely made me appreciate Spain more. It felt like some strange mix between Brazil's infrastructure and general cleanliness and Spain's wealth of culture and history. Needless to say, I got used to almost being run over my cars and scooters several times a day, and now my jaywalking skills are quite impressive.
|Old palace in shambles. Sketchy? Beautiful? Both?|
|Frida Pizza in Palermo rocked my world!|
|Had to inhale this right before the ballet. No problem.|
|Sweet ricotta inside! Delicious.|
|Teatro Massimo. Much prettier auditorium than in Vienna!|
Anyway, Palermo was a crazy experience of a city. It was run down and dirty, far more than Porto, but it was still really charming and beautiful. We spent three nights there and even made it to a nearby beach Mondello for one afternoon. We also witnessed no less than three weddings...in one day!!
|Temple of Concord, 5th century BC|
|Went swimming here one morning|
I can't wait to go back! Oh, and did I mention that I'll be working in Madrid starting in September? Big city life here I come! Until then I'll be bouncing around the US to spend some time with friends and family.