Saturday, 18 July 2009


i wish i had taken a picture @ mickey d's, but by the time we got there, all i could think about was getting something to drink and the air conditioning lol. i went with liz and bethany today to go shopping in siracusa. liz was looking for a St. Lucia charm, so she wanted to go to the area near the Madonna delle lacrime (a statue of Madonna that mysteriously cried for three days...) well, siracusa is kind of a walk from ortigia when it feels over 100 outside. we didnt exactly know where we were going, just what we were looking for. well, liz and bethany knew. i had never even been there, so i had no idea! so we walked for a while and finally stumbled upon the building that apparently the pope gave a lot of money to build around this miraculous statue. we went in and saw the crypt, and walked around for about 20 minutes looking for this statue. we finally found it, and realized it was right in front of our eyes the whole time. we ahd been expecting a big statue, but this was more of one of those things you hang on the wall, and it was about 8 inches tall i'd say... so anyway, we never really found the charm that liz was looking for, but since we were in siracusa, and it was siesta, we thought we'd go find something to eat... naturally, mcdonald's. i'd heard great things about the mcdonalds here, and anything besides pizza sounded good to me! and they had a bathroom and a/c, so i was pretty pumped.

... 45 minutes later, we're still walking. at this point, the heat from the asphault is radiating through my brazil-tire shoes onto the soles of my feet, and i can't see the golden arches anywhere!!! but then! at last, i see the familiar restaurant, which here, let me tell you is quite fancy. the workers are pretty high class and the food was much better! although, no refills on the that coca-cola light, of course. we stayed there for nearly an hour because it felt so good and we didn't want to trek back home. luckily, on the way back, we didn't get lost again and got back quickly enough to liz's air conditioned apartment. bethany and i watched "reality bites" while liz took a nap. after that i just couldn't take the stickiness anymore, so i came back to take a shower and eat a peach from the market. :) i'm not sure what the plans are for tonight, but all in all it was quite a good day. we even found a grocery store/market with ALL KINDS of stuff (although it's a long walk from here). i got some bleach to try and get rid of the mold in the shower, but so far, it's not working. i think i'm going to eat an apple wiht nutella mmm mmmmmm. then, for dinner? idk....!

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