In my other post about Stromboli I forgot to tell an entertaining story. In Rome, as I think I mentioned, there are heaps of random water fountains that just run all the time.They were very helpful for refilling our water-bottles. Rome seems to have no shortage of water.
Then went to Stomboli, where, it turns out, the tap water isn’t drinkable. This was a bit of a disaster, as we’d arrived, at the end of a long day of travel, with about half a litre of water between us. We were going to have to buy some water. And then keep buying water for the next several days!
The amusing part is that Steve and I, without any consultation, both came down to breakfast the next day with the same idea: free breakfast == free liquid. We had both realised that breakfast was now an occasion not just to stock up on food for the day, but also to stock up on water. That first morning I drank a glass of juice, a glass of water and a whole pot of tea (about 2.75) cups worth.
Free breakfast seems to be a standard thing. On Stromboli we were staying in a hotel, because nowhere else replied to email. But in Rome and here in Naples, and on all the brochures I’ve seen, the hostels provide free breafast. It’s not necessarily very interesting or very good, but it’s free. And as poor travelling students, we make sure we get what we can out of it… At the hostel in Rome they also had free pasta dinner. It was very basic – pasta, with a bit of tomato-based sauce, and an even littler bit of token vegetable. But with that, free breakfast, and Steve’s conference lunch, we were spending about €3 a day on food (for my lunch). Sweet.
Since then, of course, we’ve been paying a bit more, but I think we’re doing pretty well. €2 or €3 each for lunch, about €15 between us for dinner, and maybe about €3 on fruit and bread and biscuits for snacks. Food here is pretty cheap.