Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Photos + forecast

It looks like the "official" forecasters on the web are now saying that the upcoming south swell is not going to be that big anymore. If I had more time, I would post an a edited weather map and explain why I still think it's going to be a damn good one. But, believe it or not, I'm incredibly busy here in Italy (which is good, so time flies faster)... just trust me on that one. And even if I'm wrong, now there's a NNW swell getting ready to hit in 4 days, so there should be plenty of action anyway.
Said this, my knee is doing better just by resting. Official diagnosis only after MRI and orthopedic visit next Tuesday.
In the meantime, enjoy a couple of pics from Napoli... specially dedicated to all the napolitan emigrants all over the world... particularly the ones in Maui!
This one below is the Vesuvio. It's the volcano that a couple of thousand years ago (august 24th, 79bc) buried the towns of Pompei and Ercolano under lava, dust and debris. Now these two places are archeologists paradise.
There have been many more eruptions in history, the last one in 1944 (small kind). The volcano is now in a dormant state (just like Haleakala). That means that it can pretty much erupt again any time. As you can see from the number of houses, a big eruption nowadays would mean a very big number of victims, also because the roads are narrow and, even though there must be some evacuation plans, napolitans are not famous for following rules...

This one, instead, is the island of Capri (for the americans: the intonation/accent doesn't go on the last "i" like everyone says in the States... it goes on the "a"). It's a world wide known island of extraordinary beauty. In the gulf of Napoli, though, there's two more islands: Ischia and Procida. They are just as beautiful as Capri, but all in a different way (just like the Hawaiian islands). Just don't go there in summer time... way too busy!

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