I went ahead and got a haircut yesterday. I’ve needed one since before I left Canada, but with preparing for a move to Sicily, preparing the apartment for a sub-letter, and putting stuff away after the wedding, I never got around to it.

Deconstructed Falafel Salad

So in I went to what looked like a hair place, only to be told that it was for men only. The guy that told me this pointed across the street (to what I thought was a nail salon) and said I could get a cut there.

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I’ve been travelling outside of Sicily quite a bit over the past two weeks – one solo trip to Rome and one trip to Naples with Paul.

rome

This post is about my short trip to Rome. I went for two nights and stayed with my new friend Gabriella, a lovely airbnb host, who showed me what to do in the city.

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Annnnnnnnd we’re off! To Naples, that is. We are currently on a 9 hour train ride from Palermo and hope to be in the big city by 4pm this evening. There will be pizza for lunch and dinner every day…not kidding.

Banana Cream Pie Overnight Oatmeal

We’re taking the train instead of flying because it’s half the price and well, we’re cheap. Worth it? I’ll tell you later. But we ARE on some sort of train that goes on a ferry boat eventually, so that should be interesting.

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Thanks for putting up with my last post on parking. Random, I know, but something that is up in my face all the time!! I’d like to share the toilet situation here in Palermo with you as well…but toilets and food don’t mix. Ever. Let’s grab a beer and talk about that.

lasagna zucchini boats

Anyway, another fascinating topic here in Sicily is the produce. Right now, the zucchini is the star vegetable. You can buy a huge bag of it at any corner in the city for 2 €, and then the seller might even give you a few extra because…why not?

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I was in Rome this week, so instead of sharing a Sicilian recipe with you, I’ve got something a little different.

Short and sweet and well, ridiculous.

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It’s something than confuses the heck out of me, but is definitely worth sharing.

What is it? Well, as the title of this post suggests, it is the parking situation (or lack there of) here in Palermo, Sicily.

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I am heading back to Sicily today after a (very) short solo vacation in Rome. Yesterday I walked from the Colosseum to Vatican City and then some. Note to self: no matter how comfortable your shoes are, if you’re walking over 20km on cobblestone streets your legs are going to BURN!

Nutella Swirled Zucchini Breakfast Cake

It’s no biggie. I’m at an airport and plan on parking my butt for a while.

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It has been a quiet week for us here in Palermo. A bit rainy too, so we’ve been at home for most of the week enjoying our tiny space.

Caponata Siciliana

Since moving here in September, we really haven’t “settled in”. If we aren’t travelling on the weekends, then we’re off somewhere during the week. We’re constantly checking bus and train schedules, so being home for an entire 12 days simply feels nice.

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Not too long ago I purchased three seasonal produce calendars from Chasing Delicious – a fruit one, a vegetable one, and a herb one. They hang in my kitchen and I love them.

Broccoli Garlic Quiche

After having the photos for about a month, Paul pointed to the fruit print and told me it was wrong. I disagreed, naturally, because OF COURSE it wasn’t wrong!

And then I actually looked at it closely.

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At the beginning of October I was swimming in the Mediterranean Sea and wearing shorts, and here we are only a month later and I am wearing a long sleeve, winter leggings and a scarf. It’s 21°C (70°F)…temperature is relative.

october things

I started the month off celebrating Paul’s 27th birthday with a big fat Sicilian Setteveli Torta, and then three days later we celebrated six years of dating (even though we’re married we still do this!!) by heading to Catania to eat, hike up active Mt. Etna, and drink delicious Etna wine.

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