Friday, April 27, 2007
Bye Bye Sorrento
We got up early. Had breakfast from the hotel and waited for the van to take us to the bus stop. We were going to take a bus to Amalfi. Heard its one of the most beautiful places in the world. The bus ride was not pleasant for me. As I mentioned before have motion sickness. I thought let me go without the motion sickness tablet that was a wrong decision. So I had to close my eyes till we reached there. I almost jumped out of the bus when we reached there. It took about ten minutes to feel okay and look around.
First impression was the best. It was a sleepy, lazy place. Wet from the rain. On one side it was the sea and the other side hilly area. There was like a big entrance, like an opening in the wall to enter this small town. The first thing we noticed was the stunning huge church and the steps leading to it. We reached early morning and there were not much people around. The day was just starting. It was a cloudy day, but sun was peeking through the clouds on and off. A beautiful day. We climbed those steps and got inside the church. Nobody was there. It was so calm and peaceful. We walked through the church for a while and came out. The shops were just opening. We went inside store and bought a few post cards. The restaurants were putting their menus for display outside and setting chairs. We saw a fish market. We kept on walking through the small alleys. Clothes were hanging on the railings on houses to dry. I thought, if some one wants to get lost in the world of relaxation, this is the place. Walking on those streets, watching the people and the small shops, I think for the first time I learned how to relax.
When it was time to have lunch we started looking at the menus on the road sides. It was also beginning to sprinkle again. We found a restaurant that we liked and went inside. Nobody was there. We took the seats nearby the window so we could also watch what’s going on in the streets. Boss ordered a plate of sea food. That was an interesting plate of foodI am posting the picture here My son and I had pizza. It was very tasty. After that we had ice cream too. It tasted like the ice cream-gelato- we get in Trivanrum.yummyyyy.
It was time for us to come back. We waited for the bus near by the sea. Then we saw a bunch of high school kids coming. They were there to catch buses to go home. Suddenly the calm peaceful place became like a festival ground. But we also found that with all these kids around it is going to be hard to get inside a bus and get a seat. Every time a bus came the kids would all run and within minutes it will be full. Along with us there was an old lady .I asked her if she was also going to Sorrento. Well I didn’t ask the whole thing in ItalianI asked Sorrento? She said-SI.(yes).Then that lady went to a bus that was parked a bit away and we saw her asking something to the driver and saw the driver waving his hand, as if to say NO. She stood there and negotiated a little more. After that she came towards us and asked us to go with her. We went. We saw the bus was going to Sorrento. She got inside the bus and asked us to come inside. The driver did not look that happy but the lady was smiling. Boss and son sat in a seat and I sat with her in a seat. She was just happy and squeezed my hand when I said thank you. I felt really good. She did not have to do this for us, but she did help us anywaysAnd then the bus started and went to where the kids were waiting. Within minutes the bus was full. I thanked god. I did not feel like waiting there for another hour to get another bus. I enjoyed the sceneries outside’s. I did take my motion sickness tablet this timeThat lady got down after a while and she smiled and waved at me.
We reached Sorrento when it started getting dark. We decided to look for the Chinese restaurant that we saw the other day and have dinner before going back to hotel. I thought I saw the hotel in one side he thought it was in the opposite way. Anyway we walked about 1 and half hour before we found the restaurant. But it was closed, will be opening only at 6pm, it was only past 5.We thought we would sit and wait. We saw a couple of benches on the road side under a tree. We sat there. Watched life moving around us. Then after 6 we went to that restaurant. It’s OPEN. What a relief. We saw another Indian couple coming and said Hello. The guy acted as if he wasn’t so happy to see another Indian family there. Showed such an attitude that it looked funny. We had the rest of the time talking about that and having fun.May be he thought only he had the right to be there. I have no idea why they have to show a face like a rock with all the facial muscles tight. They can never afford to smile! She was a nice girl who seemed happy to see us. The food was excellent. After that we walked back to the town. Called the hotel and they said the van will come soon and asked us to wait at the place where they dropped us off. It was very dark. But standing there at night on the road, I did not feel uncomfortable at all. Felt totally safe. Then we saw the van and went back to our hotel. That was a long day.
The next day we were going to see Pompey and Mount vesuvius. So had to get up early. I felt sad leaving Sorrento.