At the beginning of June I went away to Catania, Sicily with one of my best friends for a few days. It really was the perfect trip to just relax and eat some amazing food! In all honesty we chose Catania quite randomly, I was just looking through Airbnb to see what was reasonably priced for that time of year and stumbled across Catania. Now if you’re the kind of person who likes to go away and constantly do things, this may not be the city for you. I would 100% recommend a day trip if you’re nearby because it is still a gorgeous city, however it really isn’t that touristy.
One of the main things I liked about Catania is it actually felt like a very authentic Italian experience, although most people understood English, a lot of the time we were spoken to in Italian which made the trip a lot more interesting. Honestly, I really enjoyed the peacefulness of the city. I was actually able to walk around the whole time, it was nice that we had time do everything we wanted to without compromising on anything. One of my best pieces of advice I have for travelling, is make sure you like where you’re staying. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find a comfortable place to stay, but I know with my CFS/ME I spend a lot of time relaxing and resting there.
In our Airbnb, we had a great outdoor space to chill in, we must have spent most of our time away there. It was so nice after being out and getting tired to come back and be able to rest without feeling like I was spending all my time in bed. The trip was the perfect way to just relax after finishing uni. I learnt a lot during this trip, I had a really hard experience with a group of passengers on our flight making me feel uncomfortable for having special assistance. Fortunately, it didn’t put a dampener on our trip but I hope in the future people are more accepting of invisible illnesses, and I know I am less likely to be tolerant of discriminatory behaviour.
See you next time pals x