Today was the wind and rain day from hell. I never made it to Lipari because everytime I moved it started raining sideways and aside from a full body condom there was nothing I could do to keep dry so I stopped trying. Eventually I made it into town for food and groceries and,um, gelato, then back for a big dinner with the groups from both kayaking groups (this weeks and next) plus the hostess of the campground and this cool Canadian/English couple (she's deaf and started teaching me BSL at my request). I made pasta with cream and ground pistachios (I added some cheese), and there was steak, chicken, sausage, wine, brushetta (made on a BBQ!) and two kinds of salad.
Between having a bunch of Italians praise my pasta and hearing my instructor tell someone how bravely I attacked the waves ("She was fearless! Just stared at 'em like she was waiting to cut them down!" - loose translation from Italian) I am feeling VERY pleased tonight. There is nothing like being praised for being capable to make me happy. With that I'm off to bed: boat to Salina at 8:30 AM but pickup is at 7:15 tomorrow as we have to paddle the boats to the ferry.