Naples, a chaotic city with its charm.
Crazy traffic, limoncello, stressful men with a hot temper, beautiful narrow streets, a sexy Italian accent, pizza from heaven.
A mix of everything. I have been here a week and honestly it is well enough.
I wouldn’t say I haven’t enjoyed and that I didn’t like it, because I did, however, I have been a bit unlucky.
I nearly got robbed by one and sexually harassed by one else and on top of that I didnt get to meet everyone i wanted to meet; not least Evelina who was supposed to join me for 4 days but got sick and couldn’t travel.
On the 2nd of october I arrived in a heavy rainy city with the craziest thunderstorm I’ve experienced. I got off the bus at the central station and had no clue of where to go next, not least since the darkness and awful weather distracted me. It turned out I was just around the corner of the central Metro station though and after what felt like 3 years I managed to run through the shower of rain with my way too heavy bags and got myself inside of it. Me, a small town girl, was not very comfortable in finding out I need to take the Metro to reach the part of the city where I was going to stay. I always make it comfortable for myself, so if I’m alone I always take the bus instead of the train or Metro even though it usually takes longer to reach the destination. At least I know what I’m doing then.
Anyway I reached Toledo and was about to get out of the station when the weather hit even harder, wow. Ones again I had to wait more or less an hour before I could look for my hostel which wasn’t too easy that either..
Naples is an old city filled with tourist attractions mostly made for older people. I was aware of this before coming and in this way I wasn’t negatively surprised but considering my circumstances I got a bit bored. Even the first day of exploring the city I felt that okay I’ve seen it, let’s move on. But I think that’s just it. Either you go for a short stay where you visit everything in a few days and almost stress it through but at least you see it all, or you stay a longer time really to get to know the surroundings, culture and people which will make you appreciate it even more.
How you will perceive and appreciate a place obviously depends on what you are looking for in a city and on your vacation in general, and old buildings, museums and ruins are not on my top list.
I love traveling alone and I will definately keep doing it, however, it is hard. You won’t manage everything at ones. You will get lost, you will have to ask people for help and you will have to be brave. And in this way, you will also get out more of your trip and you will grow. You will develop yourself and you will feel deeply proud of yourself. Furthermore, I am now a small town girl with no fear whatsoever in taking the Metro whereever I need to go.
And in the end I still felt empty about leaving. I still felt like I would miss it and that okay maybe I didn’t appreciate and enjoy enough and maybe yes I will want to go back another time.