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  • Pizza, Pasta, and Guns

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 21, 2012 | Washington, United States

      Sometimes it takes a fourteen hour flight and a few areal photographs of Greenland to reenforce the realization that home, defined as the place of upbringing, resides on the opposite side of the globe. Regardless of the many cultural, linguistic, and historical similarities, home remains painfully distant from the place I’ve grown accustomed to over the past three months. Italy began to affect me in more ways than I could …

  • Technology, ick.

    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Florence, Italy

              Disregard that last post. It would be too much work moving things to another blog. It's too bad I encountered these technological impairments.           There is so much more to ponder and essay about my southern wander, including a run in with what I believed to be the Maltese mafia—or some other form of organized crime—a Thomas Pynchon …

  • This Bytes...

    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Florence, Italy

    Not sure what I'll do about the data limit on Blogger. I'm attempting a switch to Tumblr, so from now on, you can find my new posts at: http://thesaltiestminstrel.tumblr.com/ I've grown accustomed to the Blogger platform, however, so I think this will just be a temporary switch. Maybe if I shrink all my old photos on Blogger, it will free up enough space to post more pictures.

  • Agrigento

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Agrigento, Italy

              Continuing my exploration of ancient sites in Sicily, I caught a train to the city of Agrigento on the southern coast. The city sits atop a plateau overlooking the sea, with the ancient Greek Valli dei Templi lining a ridge below closer to the sea.           Agrigento was home to the pre-socratic philosopher, Empedocles, who is famous for proposing the theory of …

  • Selinute and Minecraft

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Selinute, Italy

              My journey’s rough outline descended into day-to-day living with no particular direction or plan due to Italy’s unreliable ferries. As a consequence, I don’t think I will ever make it to Sardinia. I think the Italian government is conspiring to keep me away from that island. I’ll just have to take the island by storm once I am captaining my own vessel.         …

  • Palermo & Couchsurfing

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Palermo, Italy

         I’ve discovered this cool new website called couchsurfing.com, and it has completely changed my entire experience in Italy. Temple and I met on couchsurfing, and now we might be playing a gig together in Firenze (still to be determined, we’re getting the details hammered out). I’ve heard a few horror stories, but have also received some tips on how to avoid members with, er... ulterior motives.   there’s a …

  • Sick

    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 |

    Just my luck to get sick the day before my flight. Lot's of adventuring the past week, not enough time to write until now—except I'm sick. Ugh. This is the worst. I'm going to Palermo tomorrow, even if I have to crawl to the airport. Will update when I get my strength back.

  • Busking, Bumming, and Bussing

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Florence, Italy

    Several interesting things have happened within the past week: the “Great Southbound Wander” took shape, The Florentine liked a story idea of mine and asked me to hammer something out for them, I swallowed my pride and tried my strings at busking, and a groovy couchsurfing musician from Prague stayed at our place for awhile. The “Great Southbound Wander” started with my finding a cheap flight …

  • The Industrial North

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Venice, Italy

         I wandered north to the industrial center of Italy this weekend, eventually turning around and heading home after reaching Venice. My path to the sinking city took a lot of odd twists and turns, starting with a train into the western hills of Tuscany to visit a tiny Italian village called San Mome. Temple the traveling troubadour took me there to stay at a communistic type house dubbed …

  • Wandering South

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    JohnnySnelgrove

    by: JohnnySnelgrove

    created on: Dec 10, 2012 | Agrigento, Italy

    Posted up for the night in a sketchy hotel room in Agrigento, a town near some of the most well-preserved Greek ruins in the Mediterranean. Internet is spotty. Lots of stories and things to think about in just three days here. I've written a longer post, but need to edit and find internet before publishing. 

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