Old Temples, New Connections and Marsala: Discovering Sicily
The la Maddelena was huge. It’s a family-owned place, named after the owner’s mother. He bought it against advice and is making it into an unbelievable getaway. It has a huge swimming pool, columns aplenty and a farm museum. I felt like I was back in my grandpa’s barns, with mysterious tools that had a purpose you can only guess at.
The Valley of the Temples was ten times better than the Acropolis in Athens for half the cost. The Greek temples are surprisingly intact, resting on hilltops overlooking Agrigento.
Armando had a heyday getting footage for them. From his footage, he created a short film. I researched and wrote the description. It’s now on our Westfalia Digital Nomads channel on Youtube.
During both stays, I spent some time exploring digital nomad communities and reading up on blogs. I found a few surprising gems and made some very cool contacts. A short list of our newly discovered:
The Nomad Project is a site that you contact to get an invite, and then you can find a map of other nomads all over the world. It’s great for travelers who are looking for specific places/connections.
Marsala has been a strange mix. It smells, for one thing. It’s an average coastline with an atrocious sulfur reek. We met a nice vintner who insisted we taste the local wine (‘Marsala’).
That hooch is strong enough to anaesthetize a cow (and we just had teensy sample cups).
The first night, we stayed in a parking lot that is apparently the hotspot for teens. Sunday late night found us surrounded by the honking insanity of adolescent hormones.
We had a response from a small resort called La Portazza in Marsala to stay, so we’re now camped in a private area with a designer backyard.
It’s one of those few times where we’ve got time to just focus on our bits and bobs, without travel distractions. Focus can be a nice respite, disheartening, or motivating. It completely depends on the mood, no?
Today is reserved for all: catch-ups, countdowns and conversations. All of our ‘C♯’ majors.