Pre-Palermo Pitty Party
|Shot taken from plane window|
Quasi-Christmas in the Capital
The lights of Rome welcomed us to the mainland. I was flying in with 2 elders (I was the only sister leaving the island), so my two companions and I were picked up by the Assistants, who then became my companions after we dropped the elders off at their apartment in Rome. Our van made a b-line to the train station to chauffeur other missionaries arriving from the south, except en route to the station, the Assistants took a wrong turn and ended up having to drive through the scenic part of town. OH DARN! We drove past Vatican City with some of St. Peter's Basilica and Bernini's Statues in the distance. I saw part of the Roman Forum. I saw the Capital. I saw several churches. I saw the Colosseum in the distance. Basically, I had the best accidental detour ever. EVER. I tried soaking in as much as I possibly could, and what made it even better - the Assistants played Christmas music as we drove through. I got Christmas in Rome.
Eventually, I was dropped off at Rome 2 apartment for the night and got to visit with Sorella O'Connor! We had fun catching up. The next day we took the bus back to the train station, enabling me to see a little of the city in daylight. I think Rome is the most beautiful city in the world. Absolutely gorgeous.
Perennial Peregrinate to Palermo
Okay, that alliteration was a stretch, I know, but, stick with me - I only have a couple more after this. The journey to Sicily was an epically long train ride down the entire coast of Italy to a ferry at the tip of the boot that took the entire train across to Sicily and down to Catania. It was super cool to see the Italian countryside (looks like California!).
|Sicily is so close to Italy's Mainland!|
We went up on the ferry deck and ate an Arancino in the bright moonlight while watching the water. Arancino is a Sicilian fried rice ball with meat and cheese in the middle, served with sauce. Sooooo good. Stayed the night in Catania. Next morning, took a 3-hour bus ride from Catania to Palermo.
After quasi-3-days of traveling, I finally made it!!
|La Madonina (little Madonna)|
Like a Statue of Liberty for Sicily
|photo: courtesy Jeff|
|Al Cancelletto Verde (The Green Gate)|
|photo: courtesy Jeff|
|Balcony-lined narrow Alleyways|
photo: courtesy Jeff
|Palaces with Arab influences|
|One of many outdoor Markets|
|Typical Sicilian artwork|
|More amazing Architecture|
My new Companion, Sorella Wiltbank, is a cute gal from Arizona (sorillawiltbank.blogspot.com). I think we'll make a great team. We had a few lessons in the past few days - one with a new convert who is 17 and originally from Ecuador. He is SUPER great - heart of 100% gold. There is another investigator who is not yet baptized because her mom hasn't given permission, but she is GOLDEN. Currently, we don't have any investigators, so we've been on the hunt. Sunday, we did Finding for about 4-5 hours. It was the most entertaining Finding I have ever done.
Viva La Via Liberta!
Apparently, every Sunday they close Via Liberta to cars, and open it solely to pedestrians. Scads of street performers, comedians, musicians, dancers, etc. ascend upon the place. Literally, hundreds of people come out of their homes to partake in the camaraderie and peruse the area: Families, couples, old men and children - everyone is on the street. Perfect for Finding! We took advantage of our bounty and did lots of publicity for English Course, and when we ran out of fliers, we handed out pamphlets. A few prospects were had from the day, and it looks promising.
I am thrilled to be here. The vibrance of the city is infectious and, already, it has captured my heart. In return, I'm hoping that the vibrance and truthfulness of the gospel will capture the hearts of the good people of Palermo, as well.
Ciao for Now,
Sorella Ashley Nef