So through what seems to me to be pure force of will I have wound up in the Aeolian Islands, as written about by Homer et al. It looks like the next few days will consist of 1) kayaking 2) archaeological sites 3) boat rides 4) watching Stromboli explode in the dark*. We are actually on a (mostly) live volcano with actual smoke coming off of it. This strikes me as amazingly cool. Bring it!
* also 5) eating 6) drinking 7) looking for best gelato - but these things can all be safely assumed as I am in Italy.