Vulcano, Italy

April 24, 1995



Another island of the north shore of Siciliy...

If the island's name evokes thoughts of Dr. Spock, being there takes the image even further. The sulfuric, volcanic terrain is the ideal setting for a Star Trek episode. The overwhelming, disgusting odor (imagine contact lens enzymatic cleaner shoved up your nose) even smells like another world. There were a bunch of old people hanging out in a brownish, quietly bubbling, hot, sulfuric pond. I stuck my finger in and then smelled it. Grossed out, and wearing jeans, hiking boots, and a long sleeve shirt on a cool damp overcast evening I decided not to go for a dip, despite the encouraging crowd. It's like I was on a planet made of rotten hard boiled eggs.



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