My first impression of Naples wasn't a good one. It was raining when I arrived by train and I was tired after a long delay with the train schedule. I saw trash everywhere on the street and people looked tough.
But I found that under the tough exterior you will find the friendliest people. I had the chance to really interact with the locals in Naples.
Our Air bnb was 5 minutes away from the outdoor wet market. We bought all our groceries from the market and cooked it in our kitchen. It was one way to save money and try the delicious produce from Southern Italy and to meet our neighbour's.
People from the market were curious about me. My boyfriend tried his best to communicate in Italian and they would ask him where he is from followed by where I'm from. They were surprised when he said Canada. But that's to be expected then we have to answer the part on where I was born.
The grocery guys were always so helpful.While I was waiting for my boyfriend to shop, I stood just behind the cashier counter and I totally forgot I had my camera slung around my shoulder when the grocery guy smiled then pointed to my camera signaling me to hide it. When I did he smiled again and gave me a thumbs up. They look out for you. You become family.
And btw, a big chunk of bread was less than 2 Euros. It was the best bread I've ever had. Crusty on the outside and soft inside. It paired well with the cheese and deli we bought.
And the local wine from Vesuvius is 2 euros. I loved the red wine and almost drank it exclusively during my trip. Nothing better than cheap but delicious wine!
I hate eating tomatoes in Canada. I find it too bland but this all changed in Naples. My boyfriend bought a basket of tomatoes and once I tasted it I was hooked! I ate it every day! I ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's almost a snack! I never ever tasted tomatoes like this before. It was so tasty! I wish I can plant the same tomatoes here in Toronto but I know it will never be the same.