Breakfast: Because we left Catania before first light, no shops or bakeries from which to buy any kind of breakfast were open. This is not recommended for anyone planning to bicycle up a mountain, but sometimes it just happens.
Lunch: For lunch, we were driven up to the top of Bronte (our home for a couple of days), to the St. Marcantonio Casas di Riposo, or St. Marcantonio Rest Home for the Elderly, where we were served by two of the attending nuns. A feast of penne pasta with tomato sauce, bread, meats, cheeses, salad, and fruit was brought to us in traditionally staggered Italian courses, along with water and local wine — both of which are always served at lunch and dinner. At the end of the luxurious meal came a special treat: real cappuccino. It was a suitable reward for our hard day's work.
Dinner: Returning to the Casa, we took turns passing between the dinner table and the desk in a nearby office where we participated in our weekly live Chat 'n' Debate with schools following the BikeAbout journey or connecting through CCCNet. Once again, the nuns brought full courses of pasta with tomato sauce, bread, meats, VERY fresh cheeses, salad, fruit, and water and wine. Usually we end up eating very late on Wednesday nights, so tonight we truly felt blessed!
Food of the Day: Pistachio sweets
Word of the Day: Grazie — "thank you"
People of the Day: Ms. Carmela Avellino and Giusseppe
Place of the Day: Nelson Castle and Estate
Tech Fact of the Day: Video cameras on Mount Etna
Group Dispatch, November 12–13
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