Stuck in Ragusa
22 Nov 2014 22 November 2014    Islands, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy    First/Last in set    More photos    L - M - S
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A whiney post today. I expect a better frame tomorrow.

After breakfast we walk to the bus station where I start to feel sick. Bad tap water, too much red wine, too many rich foods, maybe some combination of causes. It doesn't help that the Ragusa bus station is a parking lot and waiting at the station involves standing in the parking lot inhaling a mix of diesel fumes and cigarettes. As mentioned previously, it feels like everyone in Italy smokes - though maybe i should qualify this and say southern Italy - and since indoor smoking is prohibited (yay) when outdoors you are continually surrounded by smokers chain smoking. The diesel plus cigarettes  combine with my shaky digestive tract to make me feel nauseous.

I don't want to be sick on the bus - it is a long ride with no toilet - so I decide we should stay another day in Ragusa. But I learn to regret this decision since tomorrow is Sunday and transport options are limited.

The same thing occurred last winter - one of us sick on a day of a long bus ride - but we were able to fly at the last minute. But Ragusa isn't Buenos Aires; we've few options and none include an airplane.

We head to the train station but it is closed. They've a sparse schedule on work days. Sundays just won't work. 

The bus is our only option but we spend what seems like hours trying to decipher the Sunday (Festivi) bus schedule. The printout is surprisingly complex and it doesn't help that it is in Italian.

We ask the fellow at the hotel's front desk for help as he speaks English - we didn't return to the b&b because of communication issues - but we don't trust his interpretation of the schedule. That he says the bus to Palermo goes via Modica after Ragusa makes no sense as it is the wrong direction. And he wouldn't go online to confirm. Jerk.

And we can't get our phones to connect to the AST bus website. So tomorrow morning we'll walk to the bus station to see if we can get an answer.

Yes, I know, too much complaining.

 
 
 
 
Bus departures
 
Busses run on weekdays (Mon-Sat) with only a run to Palermo on Sundays and Holidays. The bus leaves at the departure time shown but may require a connection (a coincidenza).
 
 
 
 
Bus departures
 
Busses run on weekdays (Mon-Sat) with only a run to Palermo on Sundays and Holidays. The bus leaves at the departure time shown but may require a connection (a coincidenza).
 
 
 
 
Bus departures
 
Busses run on weekdays (Mon-Sat) with only a run to Palermo on Sundays and Holidays. The bus leaves at the departure time shown but may require a connection (a coincidenza).