Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Vesuvius remains one of the most active and deadliest volcanoes in Europe. Another major eruption is predicted, but the people living in the area don’t seem to care. It is a beautiful area and very close to the sea, which is part of the attraction I am sure, but if I lived there, I would probably think of relocating.
But the danger didn’t keep me from visiting it. The whole time I was walking up, I kept thinking, “Right, if the volcano is going to erupt anytime soon, it will do it with me on it because that is how my luck runs.” Obviously, it didn’t erupt; however, it wasn’t a very enjoyable trip. I had to ride a bus half way up the volcano and then walk the other half. Usually I don’t mind walking, but the walk up was hard. My feet kept slipping on the volcanic rock and I almost fell a few times.
When I got to the top, there was nothing there. The view was kind of bad because of all the smog and I had to immediately turn around and start the descent because the bus was supposed to return at a certain time. The bus was late, really late, so I ended up just sitting on the side of the road for about an hour. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep from taking a few volcanic rocks with me, so more things to collect dust. I am glad I went up, but only for bragging rights. I wouldn’t go again.