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Favignana- swimming in the Terranean Sea!

Favignana Sunday morning we take a ferry to the nearby island of Favignana. There are many small islands around the western coast, but our coworkers suggested this one as perfect for an outing and some bike riding. I’ve never noticed this on the east coast, but when you look out onto the ocean in Sicily,…… Continue reading Favignana- swimming in the Terranean Sea!

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Medieval Fortresses and endless sea…

For our first weekend trip, we decided to visited the western side of Sicily- to the small town on a peninsula (Trapani), the medieval fortress town on the mountain above (Erice), and the butterfly shaped island nearby (Favignana)- pretty ambitious, but in the end we enjoyed it all at a leisurely pace! (such is the…… Continue reading Medieval Fortresses and endless sea…

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Italian Nightlife and Pastries

Some miscellaneous but fun pictures of our time so far here. Nightlife in Italy happens mainly around the weekend, but we’ve found that Wednesday (hump day) is quite the happening time as well. We basically take a walk into the city every night- the weather’s perfect, and we don’t have to walk too far from…… Continue reading Italian Nightlife and Pastries

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Gnocchi- gone horribly awry

Gnocchi (pronounced [ˈnɒki] or in Italian /ɲɔkːi/; singular gnocco) is the Italian name for a variety of thick, soft noodle or dumpling. They may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, potato, bread crumbs, or similar ingredients. (thank you wiki) We attempted gnocchi one day, with no previous experience, and after an exhausting walk from…… Continue reading Gnocchi- gone horribly awry

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Gelo di mellone- dessert extraordinare?

Our wonderful Pitt med mentor and IsMeTT advocate, Dr. H visited us (he’s performing some surgeries at IsMeTT as well) and invited us out to a wonderful dinner. We went to Focacceria San Francesco, a restaurant since 1934 that’s tucked in a little square near Cattolica’s Princes Chapel. We, of course (certamente, I love injecting…… Continue reading Gelo di mellone- dessert extraordinare?

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Trattorias, Gelato, and some care-free beach going

D, fellow first year med student, arrived (literally on our doorstep) on Thursday. We set out to introduce him to the city and also seek out an English-Italian conversation group at a local wine bar (we were invited by an IsMeTT interpreter). However, directions to the wine bar were horrible and we ended up wandering…… Continue reading Trattorias, Gelato, and some care-free beach going