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fywocahfmb2mo
I wanna check out the old city night life
aweqxjlait2mo
apparently, according to our Airbnb host it's THE place to go for a pub crawl
pmhpbeykvg2mo
I don't drink heavily, but I am in for a glass or two of vino and some good company! blushwave
rpfmxqsecr2mo
ALSO I made some legit spaghetti carbonara tonight in my little kitchenette soo I'm feeling pretty good about myself lolol sunglassesspaghetti
mphjer2mo
Yeah the Vucciria market area especially is really cool for night life. Let's see tomorrow afternoon but I think we'll be down for a drink
qsasujwiyj2mo
Any favourite places that spring to mind?
nhhnlq2mo
I can't remember the names, but the street where the market itself runs during the day is full of bars
ljtbeetqij2mo
Palermo Gang What's shakin' tonight? Any plans? Anyone want to grab a drink in old town?
vafwwkygvmmbjcmy2mo
We are heading in to old town, will be around.
wnvfjv2mo
Yeah we're down for a drink, say around 8/9 pm?
rrxuan2mo
Piazza Rivoluzione, Piazza SantAnna and the Vucciria market should be good, but anything else is cool too
ralvdwlbqu2mo
ok cool, we'll check in for 8:30pm, which piazza do you prefer? we haven't been to any yet, so you guys should pick
gfjnbu2mo
they're all not so far apart so we can try Rivoluzione first and see how it looks. Meet y'all by the statue at 8:30pm?
xrbkjzaopb2mo
sure that sounds great, see you there for 8:30pm. Will message on slack if we're lost or something
lawabs2mo
awesome
qbyemb2mo
We may have a 5 min delay ๐Ÿค
igoikdeitw2mo
Hey we're walking now, 17 minutes out
suyusxblrg2mo
Tell us what bar you're gonna be at and we'll meet
sybcml2mo
Ok
gowurl2mo
We're there, I think it should be worth checking the other piazza too
peskejehaq2mo
We made it
koswrihjhx2mo
To Rivoluzione
xhcqadeakd2mo
Sitting on a bench ๐Ÿ‘Œ
keaobk2mo
Look left?
lqdfarfthb2mo
Had a great night tonight with Tusan and Yael! Hope I got your names right!! sweat_smileblush I think we're going out again next weekend so if anyone else wants to meet up feel free to join!
ktqrio2mo
lol no! That's just my user handle :joy:
Had a great time, and oh, so many valuable tips for us rookies, still trying to wrap my head around it.

We'll probably see ya at Magneti before but definitely next weekend! (Although I think we missed the real action of the old city, at least now we know)
vjrudsptyu2mo
Yeah let's definitely check it out, it looked super lively as we were walking home
gbxqyuqxht2mo
Cool cool cool totally getting frustrated with the internet here ๐Ÿ˜…
rjislf2mo
At Magneti? It was pretty stable for me last week!
dtlbedx2mo
my only italy experience is southern italy, but it seemed really important to ask ahead for people to run speed tests
fnhmgvm2mo
so much of naples and palermo have home internet on bad 4g lines
ycegho2mo
Yeah, our previous Airbnb had a 4 Mbps downstream and upload was non-existent (needless to say, it was also impossible to access any mobile network)
Now in Palermo we get ~70/70 Mbps which is more than enough. Magneti has great speeds too
kcbsy2mo
openfiber.it/en/br />Open Fiber is connecting almost all Italy, they started more than one year ago and "one day" all the country will be connected, I saw them also in my little village. I'm keeping strong with my 7 Mbit/s and tethering with Vodafone/Iliad when it's not enough :muscle:
The best thing you can do if staying anywhere in this country for more than a couple of weeks is to buy a Iliad sim card and use those 50 GB of traffic.
afxclsb2mo
i messaged a collection of hosts when booking, 6 replied with actual internet info
kqvocpw2mo
4 of those were like 5/1 or worse 4g connections
hmahksq2mo
2 were fiber
pzymyp2mo
I guess I just got lucky this time
msogkpg1mo
We got a new gas tank like less than two weeks ago and it seems this one is already out .. is that reasonable possible in terms of depleting a tank for a couple people cooking/hot water/light heating (our place is drafty and freezing lately haha) or is there something possibly wrong?
lcdyxbf1mo
Going to message our host in the morning, was just curious at the moment
umzcai1mo
At the previous place we stayed, outside of the city, the gas ran out after 3 weeks, but not sure if it was full or not to begin with. They sometimes use dual 10L tanks so you may be able to check if there are two and if so, switch them (that's what we had to do)
vfyyjf1mo
Otherwise, now in the city it seems like it's unlimited
rtkut1mo
How big? 10/15 kg?
In Palermo the host left me a little tank (10) less than a half empty, only for cooking, telling me to ask her for a replacement at the end... but when I changed flat after three weeks there still was gas.
I ate almost always at home, but for heating and hot water it's easy to finish them, it's not impossible that you finished one in two weeks.
akshek1mo
So... we went to Magneti today, arrived at ~12:30. It was almost empty so we figured everyone just went to lunch or something, but needless to say, 5 minutes later they closed for the day. Really weird, as they should be open till 8pm on Friday.
bricmn1mo
Got to spend an hour walking in the rain instead ๐Ÿ˜…
avtdjm1mo
So with that behind us, anyone up for a drink tonight?
shczdyd1mo
it's a holiday here today
zutnsxj1mo
"festa de santa lucia" i think? i didn't google why but heard something about how many sicilians can't/don't eat pasta or bread today so it's unofficially "arancini day" (if you see a ke palle they are fucking swarmed)
hbcqdj1mo
Oh man..that explains a lot, I did see tons of ppl in line for cake/arancine or whatever
umrpsg1mo
And of course why the cowork place was closing so early
wnoesmz1mo
the fun part about traveling ๐Ÿ˜‚
yehbabo1mo
this keeps happening to me lately but usually with the gym wherever i am
vkcilbq1mo
i get all psyched up to go work out then when i get there it's closed
tdfumddtqxgmbrus1mo
Oh is that why all the bakeries had like pudding stuff instead of cakes?
pqgryjynwuzdegsv1mo
"Palermoย too pays homage to Santa Lucia in memory of one of her miracles. In 1646, the wheat harvest failed and Sicily was gripped by a terrible famine. All seemed lost until, on Santa Luciaโ€™s day, a ship carrying wheat finally docked at the port of Palermo. The starving population were handed rations of grain, but, too hungry to waste time transforming the grain into flour, they cooked it whole. A new tradition was born and every year on 13thย December,ย _Palermitani_ย renounce all flour-based food (pasta, bread, biscuits and cakes) and eat only rice-based dishes or traditional specialities, such asย _cuccia_, made from whole wheat grain. All in all a good excuse for indulging inย _arancine_ย andย _risotto_!"
ghedzenwltxzuzsd1mo
Well that explains it
oaoudcumrktzywbe1mo
lzfuihz Also are you sure they were closed for the day? A lot of businesses will full on close for lunch for 2 hours and then open up again at like 2:30-3:30
qdqmpotjxshikloj1mo
It's rather maddening
ahmvki1mo
Hmm...idk actually. From my broken Italian, I understood that they were closed for the rest of the day
yeekmd1mo
It was literally 5 minutes after we started working heh
fisedbyitv1mo
The arancini at Cappello's was ๐Ÿ˜
psahvofyzh1mo
Also I hope you all don't blow away today
kluxciiyky1mo
we've just barricaded ourselves in our apartment
djcebfnxxf1mo
It sounds like we're on an old wooden ship ๐Ÿ˜‚
bfusge1mo
oh definitely, barricaded now. Sounds like the whole neighbourhood is falling apart for the past few hours
koihro1mo
check out the arancine at Dainotti's in the capo market, they also have a couple other specialties (panelle/crocche) which were really good
lyzlylghmmndolstj1mo
gjjchxnwwvyewuqnhe just arrived in Sassari, #italy
fwobtmy1mo
Lol the Catania prioritypass lounge is so sad
rfuli1mo
The first thing which comes to my mind when I think to Catania :joy:
rellrppwgedccvnp29d
Honestly if the city cared about dog poo Palermo would go from 6/10 to a 8/10 for me.
aueoplkwwj29d
Lol, I don't remember dog poo being a main issue
swgwvpp27d
yeah don't remember dog poop being a problem either
knhgeuh27d
trash mostly not being picked up (and thus then torn open by animals and blown all over the place, organic waste included) was though haha
mtfkrx27d
It's the circle of life - maybe a bunch of stray dogs are raiding town nightly and eating the trash (and then spreading the joy on the sidewalk)
jdszeb27d
But seriously though Palermo was really awesome. Personally the dog poo didn't seem _that_ bad. Now in Naples and the trash problem seems to be exactly the same. In Palermo the Airbnbs are much much cheaper, and also much bigger, when comparing to Naples (at least from what I could find)
xdbjdnw27d
yeah the trash thing didn't impact my love of southern italy at all, to be clear
detfb27d
At my first impact what all that poo I thought very bad of the city and its inhabitants, but as soon as I noticed how easy is to find trash on the street and stray dogs/cats it was clear that in part the problem was due to that. At least compared to other stray dogs in other big cities these look happy and well nourished...
this dog for instance was clearly a "dog of everyone", and guys were playing with it in the square in front of the cathedral. One of my favourite images of Palermo.
ynvcytl27d
just was commenting i noticed that all over the streets and not poop
zajdd27d
About cats:
vuizckcygz26d
cqmeeucgecoyfokmaf bruh why you leaving Milan so early?! Back to UK?
gwfgbbcpayqvbqih26d
(regarding palermo) It's most likely the issue is worse for us because I believe we are in an area with more dog owners because it is a richer area, there is a distinct lack of green spaces so that also makes it a bit worse. Everything is also possibly made worse because we were in Japan last month, so it is a pretty stark contrast and we are probably noticing things we wouldn't otherwise notice.

It's a good place if you want good food and cheap accommodation for a month or two but want to stay in the Europe region.
chciog26d
skxzwursjkmfaeokp - In terms of green spaces - I think the English Garden is not far from your place. And if you feel you need a quick getaway, you can take the train (the one that goes to the airport) from the Lolli station (unless there's a closer one) and hop off at Sferracavallo, a nice little fisherman village which is about 20-30 minutes away and feels much different
blmqpo26d
Just don't expect the trash situation to look any different there ๐Ÿ˜‰
qwpgnkmbuzujhwaez26d
jcrnjbjuydh I'm actually going back to sardinia before leaving to UK on the 11th. I just took an apartment in navigli just for the new years!!
bblvzowngs25d
Happy New Year everyone! Palermo celebrates with loud bangs ๐Ÿงจboom
vpfdsw25d
Crazy stuff, same noise levels in Naples! ๐ŸŽ†
ngeoutghbrmwnmsm25d
Wish I would of Google it first. Loud noises to scare away bad spirits and also give me a heart attack.
oiijvsthtr13d
Anyone in Milan?
xdpmbdnauk12d
Apparently no one is in Milan ๐Ÿ˜… It's been a slice ๐Ÿ• Italy! Ciao in the morning!
wujzlhsxkya10d
How's the air quality? I think I read somewhere else it was surprisingly bad this week.
menlqwuxyla10d
I'm heading to Naples but not until April
trfsk10d
In the north is bad, Pianura Padana in primis. For the rest in Italia is not bad, in my region at least it's very good (Marche).
About Napoli I don't know, I'm going to be there from 8th to 15th of March.
uluqomgrqcyj9d
There is a good app called AirVisual to keep up to date on it
yhflnxpuhkrh9d
Naples looks pretty good for air quality right now
cjgjbgupvfva9d
Milan, and the north sometimes gets hit pretty hard because of the Alps
galas9d
I cannot remember a so dry winter, and no windy. It's not only about pollution in air, also some cultivations will suffer a lot this year.
zoceffja9d
Hey everyone, I'm considering Sardinia or Sicily for February, is a good month to go? Which would you recommend best and why?
etzoc9d
Sicilia, I've been there in February past year and if it's cold you don't need heater because it's not really cold, if it's good weather you could also go to the beach. About history, food and places to visit it's more a country than a region, in my top five Italian regions.

Sardegna is better in June/September (avoid July and August, too many people).
orjwxx7d
Just been around Sicily for two months, it's really, really recommended. February might be a little rainy, but it doesn't ever get too cold (relatively to Europe..)

If you need any specific recommendations just lmk
blbch11h
Anyone in Palermo?
upxbshgsatzxfdbf2h
We were there for 2 months, we just left mid January.
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