Today was the first kayaking day of the trip. Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare, as Sicilian transport conspired to make it take as long as possible to get from Catania to Vulcano. Highlight: ten minutes in a completely unlit carriage going through a tunnel out of Messina (I want to film it , it was so trippy). Lowlight: the guy taking tickets at the ferry telling me no, Ustica lines are *guestures vaguely behind ferry*, causing me to panic as I attempt to run all the way to the other dock in 15 minutes. Bonus: the skies fucking open up. I am soaked to the skin. Humiliation win: the boat I wanted as a 2 minute walk from where I started, it just hadn't arrived yet. So I had to run back.
Today we were picked up at 9ish at the Eden Resort Camp on Vulcano, and by "we" I mean me and the only other person who is doing the trip. It then seemed to take at least 90 minutes to get the kayaks pack, the gear loaded, and etc etc, so we got a much later start than I expected. Still, the sea is lovely, and my companion (sharing my boat) speaks English pretty well, and he said things like "The rocks look cool here" so we're on the same wavelength. We went through two sea caves and under an arch, saw an in-water fumarole and generally had a good time. We arrived at our campsite around 1:30 or so, and had a cold lunch (prepared by the people who run the snack hut on Cannitello beach. I then went up the hill to my room - I'm staying in places with showers the whole trip - while Stefano aimed to catch a bus for Vulcano so he could climb it. he failed (and would have been struck by lightning if the bus had showed): I,however, napped for 2 hours straight.
When I got up, he & I visited, then walked down the beach to a barbeque Eugenio was preparing. The rain came again & nearly washed us away; but Eugenio won over the wood and finally we had our barbeque and salad. Net: small sunburn (arms), blister from surf shoes & one from walking in wet shoes yesterday, plus nap and not burnt out from 3 1/2 hours kayaking. New nickname: nostro regina (the title comes with cookies brought in a special container to keep them dry). That's a win, I think.