Published: September 24th 2008September 24th 2008
Tuesday 16th September
Licodia - Agrigento
We had planned to leave Licodia three days earlier to spend a few nights at Agrigento, but between ourselves decided to spend the extra time in Licodia. So we planned to make Agrigento a day trip.
Katelyn was given more panadol for her fever and off we set to Agrigento. Although the road was o.k it was a little curvy and so poor Katelyn threw up.
We went to the Valley of the Temples, a huge ridge of land that had a few temples along it. The three main temples we saw were Temple of Hercules which was believed to be the oldest temple, Temple of Concordia which was the best preserved and Temple of Juno which we were able to work around.
There was a bar in the middle of the valley, and a free public toilet but of course being in Italy; there was a guy sitting in the toilets charging E.50. He was the best paid toilet cleaner in all of Italy because as we sat across the road and had pizza for lunch, we watched as the toilets queue remained long the whole time. Not a bad
income to make from a free toilet!!!
I sat with Katelyn while the others walked on and we practiced our Germany, which later that night Anna Maria understood perfectly!!
It was windy at Valley of the Temples and I had stupidly chosen to wear a little flirty black skirt (so cute!) so I spent a lot of my time holding down my damn skirt (my dad suggested I pin the skirt together between my legs like shorts!). It had been cool in Licodia and I’d forgotten to bring a hat for Joshua and myself but thank god the wind kept the temperature down.
I fell asleep on the way home and woke up to find us in a crazy traffic jam in a huge town called Gela. The drivers had parked their cars in the most amazing ways. Some cars only had their two front wheels against the curb and the rest of the car sticking out of the road. Incredible!
We got home with barely enough time to race up to the section of Licodia where my Mum was born and my grandfather lived. We had to get to the oldest section of Licodia before
it became too dark to film and take photos. Of course the hardest thing was to avoid other Licodians, who wanted to say hello and chat to my parents. So like fugitives, we took all the back roads and kept our voices to a whisper. The whole whispering idea is something Joshua didn’t understand!!
We made it home in time for dinner; lovely light pastina, followed by rolled up meat slices filled up with mince and cheese. Anna Maria deep fried some chips and Giuseppe added the perfect amount of salt. Oh my god, they were beautiful!!! I had to move the plate away because I was full!
Kurt has learnt a phrase in Licodia “Non ne posso pui !” It’s a nice way of saying, “I’m so bloody full, for Christ sake …no more food!! It describes our entire eating experience in Licodia.
The kids enjoyed watching “Flushed Away” in Italian.
Wednesday 17th September
Licodia - Vizzini
Zia Vincenzia’s son-in-law Guiseppe, invited Kurt, Joshua and my Dad to go fishing in Lago Licodia. So first thing Wednesday, they were up ready to go and Katelyn couldn’t make up her mind whether to go
fishing or go shopping at the market with me. She was worried about the road and thought the market would be the same size as Licodia’s market.
Just as they drive off, I found out the market at Vizzini is huge!!
Angela drove my Mum, Zia Mimmi and me to Vizzini. The market was great with lots of produce and small goods (Boring!) and loads of shoe, bags, jewellery and clothes stands (yeah!) The only problem was space in my suitcase!! I had none!!
Although I was planning to ship 10kg to Australia, that just meant we would be able to carry the suitcases without having a hernia!!It didn’t mean I had heaps of space. So I only bought essential items……2 pairs of shoes (for Katelyn and me), 2 tops (Katelyn and me), and bracelet (I’m sure it’s the travel sickness kind!). I felt bad for poor Joshua so he got a laser light gizmo thing I’d seen him admiring.
Something for Kurt?! For god’s sake….we’re travelling light!! Essential items only!
Zia Mimmi needed a break from walking so she shouted us a cappuccino. Very different from our idea of a cappuccino!
had to race back to Licodia because Kurt had planned to Skype Claudette and Rohan who would have just arrived back from Europe. I was running very late so we skyped Claudette again. It was great chatting to her and hearing that she’d finally put on a few kilos!! I’ve know her for a few decades and she doesn’t ever put on weight!! So by hearing that she too had gained weight, made my day in Licodia. Thanks Claudette!! But she’s better not lose it before I get back!!
Kurt had a sleep and I went with the kids and my parents to the Zio Nuzio’s other home that’s he’s fixing up. Then we went to his daughter Giovanna’s new house. It looked so deceiving small from the outside but once inside we were amazed at the amount of space she had. We had dinner arrangements with Guiseppe and Enza and partners for dinner.
We arrived at Guiseppe and Enza’s house and found Enza ad Jan Marco waiting with Enza’s parents. We had a chat and thought we use this visit to say good bye, not knowing if we’d get the chance to say goodbye on Thursday. I
thanked them very much for virtually adopting Kurt for the past 11 days. Both parents spoke about our next visit and were adamant about us staying with them next time!!
As we got up to say goodbye I was sadden to see tears in Giovanna’s eyes and it caused Kurt and I to start choking! She just shook her head and hugged me. We hugged, kissed and I just walked out. I knew it was the beginning of the goodbyes.
Now I understand why my grandmother 20 years ago said that leaving was the worst part of any family holiday, at her age she didn’t know if she’d see her sisters and brother again.
Before ending up at Enza’s house, Kurt and I had gone past the local pizzeria and told them to only accept payment from us at the end of that night - not our cousins, so when our cousins told us to get into car as we were driving to another pizzeria outside of Licodia, we thought, damn!! Kurt had been trying to pay for Guiseppe and Enza’s coffee, pizza anything he could.
We ended up in Cartigirone at their local pizza place
but when we got there….it was closed!!! So we swapped cars and went to their next pizza place. But Sofia led Guiseppe to the wrong pizza but eventually we got there!!
It was late when we got our meals, and I was feeling sick with hunger. We ordered crepes, foccia - style meals and some beers. We spoke about Octoberfeast in Germany and organised a catch up with the boys!!
It was a great night! It got even better when Kurt casually went to the counter downstairs and paid the meal!!
At the end of the night, when they went down to pay, my cousins were horrified to find out that the bill had been paid! They were amazed that the owner let Kurt pay!
Outside Zia Vincenzia’s house, we all got outside our cars and spoke in hushed tones. I think we were all trying to put off the goodbyes and decided we’d see each other the following day. It felt better saying “Ci vediamo” “we’ll see you!” instead of Goodbye!
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