21 november 2001
I'm here in Bergamo, one of the famous places mentioned in the Inferno by Dante. I've been doing a little walking around this evening to see if I can do my laundry for less than 15,000 Lira. I can't believe the hostel is charging so much, it's unbelievable. After walking for about three hours, and not finding the laundry matt, I decided to try to get into Alessandria or the Torino hostel tomorrow.
Yesterday in Verona I just hung out mostly. In the morning I walked to the train station and bought my ticket out here. While I was there this well dressed young man asked me for a few thousand Lire to buy a train ticket. I gave it to him. After a few minutes the same guy came by again and wanted more money, fucking jerk. I'm pretty sure he wasn't going to buy a train ticket. In the afternoon I made it to another Internet Cafe that was open in the afternoon from 12:00 - 14:30. In the evening they are open from 19:30 - 0:30. I hung out there until they kicked me out at 14:30.
I then went to the hostel and began to read Dante's Inferno. I'm now on Canto XXIV, at this pace I'll be done with the book soon. I may read it over again since there are so many things to analyze that Dante wrote. Last night I crashed at about 10:00pm and had a tough time sleeping since some wacko in our dorm was really snoring strangely. I gotta sign off for now to call some hostels, but I might be back.
Ok, I just tried to call Torino and they are totally booked for tomorrow. Unfortunately I am having some issues with getting a hold of the Alessandria hostel so maybe one of the local hostel guys can help me out, but currently they are nowhere to be found. I may be forced to stay here for another evening.