Today was my last day in Napoli and my first day in France! Napoli (and the surrounding areas that I have seen) has been an amazing experience… I loved the city of Napoli, with it’s chaotic people, traffic, and streets, yet it’s classical beauty and incredible (and cheap) food. It really reminds me a bit of Argentina (although it’s definitely the other way around) so it is almost a bit nostalgic to walk around the streets of Napoli and go to little grocery stores or eat some baked goods in the corner store while the locals hang out and talk loudly with each other. While I won’t necessarily miss the chaos too much, I will definitely miss the architectural feel and geographic beauty of Napoli, as well as getting to walk around without any direction and losing myself in the alleys and tiny streets which posses so much character.
This is probably a very naive and romantic view of things, but I feel like the people in Napoli, while they seem to complain a lot, enjoy life more… You see old men in suits just talking and watching people walk by while a mother of two and her best friend and her kids enjoy a coke on the corner, and couples are walking around everywhere kissing and being very romantic. It’s something that is rather striking for somebody who lives in the United States; I feel like it’s rare to see people doing stuff outside… I don’t know, maybe because Austin is small and there isn’t too much to do downtown except 6th street… Either way, I feel like the mentality is different in Napoli; people just like to sit, relax, and observe — something nobody else seems to do these days.
Anyways, I am glad that I came to Napoli, it was a great experience and extremely beautiful. I hope to returning the future!
I’ll miss you Napoli!