Okay my final post about spring break. Sorry it’s taken so long. Busy girl ova hurr! But anyways so we left Rome and took the train to Florence. When we got there we were all pretty tired but we walked around and saw a few things such as the Duomo. Then we ate dinner at a cute restaurant and went back to the hostel where we watched side effects.
The next day was our big sightseeing day. We saw the Duomo, ponte Vecchio, “the fake david” (the real david was closed due to some political meeting, or as I like to say, the mafia. There was a bunch of cops everywhere and about 8 black cars parked outside…) and we also walked around a bunch of leather shops and the leather market.
So this far into the trip Shaz and I were in desperate need to do laundry. So we did. While we waited we found a mexican place that was playing pitbull songs on repeat. It was literally like god placed it there for me. Three of my favorite things: Pitbull, Mexican food, and Margaritas. So a pitcher of margaritas later we were ready to go out!
So then we met up with the other girls and ended up going to a bar near by called Full Up. We considered YAB which is super famous and Jersey shore went there all the time but everyone we talked to (on tinder lol) told us to go to full up. We did and it ended up being chock full of Americans. Which was a nice change of pace. At the same time though, it made me realize that I’m happy I don’t go out in Paris trying to meet Americans. We hang out in a small group and genuinely try to go places where we won’t find any Americans and because of that, we’ve actually met a lot of French people. Now that I think about it, I think we’ve only met other American people one time when we went out and we just shot the shit and that was about it.
The next day was deadly. Probably that most hungover of all the nights we went out lol. But so we went to the pizza place that the Jersey Shore cast worked at which was funny to see all of their pictures and clothes all over the place and the pizza was actually surprisingly good!
Our final big thing of the trip was a wine, cheese and olive oil tasting. We tried three wines, three cheeses and two olive oils. What was really cool was that she had this box of scents like apricot, peach, tabacco, flowers, etc. She’d pass around a smell and we’d smell it and then smell the wine and you could really pull out the smells that were in the wine. Then we’d try to guess what the smell was. It was really informative. I’ve never had tuscan wine either and the third bottle we tried I loved so I bought one for my host mom and one for my parents. Also we tried this cheese that was a peccorino cheese with truffles in it. OMG talk about a gift from god. I’m a cheese whore as most people know and this was one of my absolute favorite cheeses I’ve every had (nothing beats my Camembert though. Definitely my all time fave).
Then after dinner some of the girls got dinner but me and Shazia wandered around the town. She was looking for gelato and I was looking for a wallet. My wallet had been broke for a month and everyone suggested I look for a leather one in Florence. I wanted a cool embossed one but no one was really selling them. Eventually we wandered in a few stores and I found one store that looked promising. So I showed him Shazia’s wallet which he said he didn’t have but showed me what he did have. I accepted defeat in that I wasn’t gonna find an embossed one but I really liked the one he showed me. Then he told me he could print my initials on it and I was sold. I’m not exactly proud of what I paid for it cuz it was kind of pricey, but it was a great souvenir. I also hate the way my full initials look, but it turned out nice and pretty subtle on the wallet.
The next day we woke up super early for our train to Bologna where we were flying out of. For some reason someone in our group thought it would be a good idea to go super early to see Bologna….other than being known oral sex (according to the secret life of the american teengager…) there isn’t much there. We walked around. Sat in two different parks. Went to a market and got cheese and bread and then decided to go to the airport super early because we were all just tired and ready to go home.
Overall, it was a successful trip. Extremely tiring, but well worth it. It’s something I will never be able to do again. I had an amazing time and I met so many people and did so many things that I would have never imagined. From jumping off a 20m cliff in Santorini, to seeing ruins destroyed by Vesuvius, the Colosseum, and eating countless amounts of pizza, pasta, and gelato. Italy really did surprise me and I ended up liking it way more than I thought I would. I was also pleasantly surprised by how nice everyone was. I feel like I have been missing out my whole life by not traveling more. Not only do I want to return to these places again and bring all my family and friends to show them how amazing it was, but now I want to experience even more of the world that awaits out there.
Alright on a less sappy note, all the Italian words I can remember that I learned:
Prego-your welcome/ready/basically whatever you want it to mean
and probably some more.
I just loved trying to pronounce all the words in an italian accent. It’s much easier to master than a french one. Which is super hard and no fun to imitate.
Well I leave for Barcelona tomorrow! So I’ll be sure to update after that! Arrivederci ya’ll!