From the archives - “Crossing into Sicily” Villa San Giovanni, Italy May 2011
Getting to Sicily was an incredible adventure. I took a 12 hour train ride from Rome and sat next to two Italian women who didn’t speak any english. When I said I was American, they insisted on talking to me about Prince William and Kate Middleton not caring that I was actually an American and I didn’t speak Italian. They made all these incredibly emotive hand gestures which allowed me to somewhat understand what they were saying. After about 10 hours, the train came to a stop, one of the train conductors got out and ran up and down the side of train. We had reached the end of mainland Italy and the train was going to get on a boat. I thought it would make more sense if only the passengers would get on the boat and just meet a different train in Sicily, but this was how they did it and it turned out to be more exciting. If you could imagine, a lot of the process felt like a Wes Anderson movie. All these intricate actions needed to be performed and specific people in elaborate uniforms needed to do specific tasks. Since the train was long, it was divided into two trains of six so they could fit on the boat. The conductor got on our car and spoke to some people for five minutes. Of course they all smoked, I think one man was having an espresso. I took this photo just as the cars were about to board the boat. I love how his face is silhouetted except for the wrinkles on his forehead which always reminded me of a map.