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Photo Montage, Sundries

Part III in the five part photo series this week shows an oddball collection of experiences that I will always remember about my first months in Sicily.

The elevators that attach to balconies blew my mind. That is my couch coming up here!

Best egg delight dish ever, with hashbrowns, arugula and bloody mary. Dave’s a wonderful cook and his breakfasts are my favorite way to start any Saturday.

Traversing a short bit of bouldering during the ropes course at Parco Avventura Etna. Dave really caught my fear of falling in my face. I was harnessed in and everything, but my stomach was still churning as I made my moves.

Among my other fears associated with moving to Sicily was the fear that I wouldn’t get a job, or that it would take me two out of our three years here to find a job. My early networking efforts (think mid-April in Seattle) paid off when I landed a spot with contractor Wittenberg Weiner LLC. Code 400 at the NAVSUP FLC Sigonella has THE BEST pot lucks and this was one of the best – to celebrate the winter holidays – solstice, Christmas and the like.

Another moment of absolute natural beauty that has stuck with me was in the Aeolian Islands. Kayaking around Lipari was my particular favorite, but I did not bring my camera on that part of the trip. This photo was taken from the ferry as we island hopped to Lipari. The stillness and serenity of the islands radiate out of this picture every time I look at it.

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Parco Avventura Etna

Ciao Tutti!

(Uno) 1. Base-to-Base Series Turkey Trot 5k. It was a beautiful morning for a friendly run. Enjoyed pushing myself as I competed with another gentleman runner. We swapped leads a few times and finished within moments of each other. Hearing his keys jingling behind me motivated my final sprint!

(Due) 2. Lovely sunshine on the weekend. Thank you Sicilian November weather.

(Tre) 3. Meeting new Sigonellans during a group outing. I met sweet children, a CrossFit trainer (and personal trainer), doctor, someone in the same command I work for (sort of), reunited with a nice couple we met in indoc and a wonderfully brave woman with a beautiful smile.

(Quattro) 4. Parco Avventura! See below.

(Cinque) 5. My muscles – they helped me really enjoy the day yesterday.


Parco Avventura is a ropes course set halfway up Mt. Etna. Down here, near sea level, we still have green leaves, but in Milo, Parco Avventura’s trees were in full autumn goldens and ambers. It was beautiful. We traversed wooden planks suspended with wires between trees, tightropes, swings, ropes, and more; all while we were harnessed and clipped into safety lines. Each course ended with on a tree platform that had a zip-line down to ground level. One course was a series of five zip-lines. The red course (most challenging) gave my abs, upper body and mind a great work-out.

A climbing wall to entertain you while you wait. With the cooler temperatures, we were among the special few there that day, thus we didn’t have to wait!

Here is the start of the blue course (“percorso blu”).

Here we are at the dreaded RED COURSE! Someone’s coming up the climbing wall.

Peek-a-boo! It’s me!

Woman on Wire

I thought I was really clever and I started to walk backward on the wire. I got a step and a half before I realized what a dumb idea that was! I nearly fell off the wire. The biggest adrenaline rush of the day, actually.

You might say I was a tad bit nervous. Those pegs are tiny and I had big running shoes on!

Celebrating being safely on the ground…for now!


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