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I was hit by a car today. Don’t worry, I’m not hurt. I was walking down a very narrow street and I thought there was enough room for a car to drive past me. Evidently, I was incorrect. The car did drive past me but its right-hand mirror hit my arm as it passed. I went, “Ohhh!” and the driver stopped and everyone in the car had anguished faces. The driver said, “Prego!!” which usually means ‘you’re welcome’ or ‘how can I help you?’ In this case I suppose it meant ‘sorry!’ or possibly ‘are you ok?’ I repeated ‘it’s ok’ a couple of times and motioned that he can keep going. He was going so slow that it didn’t hurt at all. But then as he was driving in front of me, he had to slow down majorly to fit through an even more narrow part of the road (a parked truck was jetting out a bit). I could see that he wasn’t going to hit the truck and gave a thumbs up to the driver. The passengers turned back at me and smiled and gave thumbs up as well and the teenage boy inside kept staring at me and smiling. He probably wished the guy had knocked me out so they would have to bring me back to their home and nurse me back to health (kind of like in Back to the Future) or at least that’s what I like to think.
Today we visited a castle built around 400 BC. We got to walk the route that a group of invaders might take if they were attempting to capture the castle and conquer Siracusa. (I have some pictures of this.) We also toured through the Christian catacombs of San Giovanni. We walked through winding tunnels, which opened into Greek cisterns. It was quite interesting. But we couldn’t take pictures; I’m not exactly sure why but it may have to do with the algae that was growing in places where lights were. Also, I saw this humongous yellowish spider that was probably larger than a silver dollar. Geez, I really hope I don’t have nightmares of that tonight.
I’m getting excited about my weekend trip to mainland italy. Mallory (one of my roommates), our friends Dan and Erin and I are in the midst of planning a trip that involves taking a ferry to Naples and a train to Assisi where we’ll meet up with our personal tour guide, Monti. He’ll be driving us all around Tuscany, practically to wherever we choose! If all goes accordingly, we’ll leave either next Thursday night or Friday, which is really soon!