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Hello again!

Sorry I have been late on the blog...but like I mentioned earlier, I am so busy with school at the moment. Speaking of school, I take my final on Friday! Then I am off to Spain for 6 days! I am so excited to go to Spain, but not so excited about the final I have to take before my wonderful journey into another country.

Sunset riding the train to florence!

On the note of journeys...This past weekend I went to Florence (Fienze) and Pisa! Yes, I saw the Duomo and the leaning tower! I actually climbed the Duomo for 8Euro! It took me like 12,00093232 steps to climb and a lot of sweat to get to the top! But once I did, it was WONDERFUL! See the pictures below! The night we arrived in Florence me and four other girls booked a hostel which had pink walls and pink curtains in the room! It was awesome, you know how much I love pink! They also served us breakfast for only 3.50Euro (all you can eat). We found a great Pizzeria and ate there two nights in a row. I ordered a margarita pizza--mozzarella and pomodoro (tomato) for 5Euro. It was a big pizza! About the size of our American medium, but thin crust, not thick like in America.
On top of the Duomo

Gold doors!


We also ventured out into the night to a "Discoteca" which is what it sounds! It was a club with a disco ball, strobe lights, and more! We got in for 13Euro, 3Euro for the coat check, and a free drink. The Italian were so much fun. They all just like to have fun and dance with each other... Even the boys! I also loved watching how they greeted one another with four kisses on the cheek, two on each side. They are so happy to be alive in this country. We were able to walk the entire city because Florence is the size of a shoe box! Well about a 10 mile distance shoe box from where we were. I am used to walking about 10 miles a day, so walking in Florence was fine for me! Too bad I bought a cheap pair of boots that needed four pairs of socks because they were too big! Not too bad though...

Going to Pisa was fun as well, however it was raining (Sad face). I went with four other girls and we took a train from Florence to Pisa for only 6Euro! We took many funny and outrageous pictures trying to hold, push and kick the leaning tower. We also meat a new girl from another program and hung out with her because she was traveling alone. We went into two churches and saw the magnificent gold doors, sculptures, saints, and bones! Yes, I said bones! There was a small decorative box (it actually has a name, but I can not think of it at the moment) with a skull and two other bones on display of a saint.

Pisa, Italy

Going home was very tiring since we were running on 3 hours of sleep and took the longest train to Rome for 16Euro. We got home at 12 midnight, and I was out. The next morning I was very tired in class, but was held up by the coffee my Italian mother served me for breakfast. Usually I get tea, coffee, milk, and juice for breakfast! I do not know if this is normal, or she thinks I like to drink a lot because I am a crazy American! She only drinks tea or coffee! I also usually eat a soft bread roll with chocolate in the middle, fruit, eggs, and biscotti (I can't spell it...)

For lunch, I take my left over breakfast because I can never finish all of that food! My signora packs it for me, and it has now become a ritual.

For dinner, I have been eating an array of dishes! The other night I had pesto with pene pasta and bread, mashed potatoes, and fruit for dessert. Tonight, I served myself because she was out. I ate mozzarella with thin ham baked with a flat piece of bread. On top, I served sliced tomatoes with olive oil and white beans. She prepares EVERYTHING with olive oil. I am not a huge fan, but it is okay to eat. I am now used to eating it, but at first it was not that tasty (for me...) others in my program love the oil with bread and their meals.

I need to finish my late homework now because I did not copy it off of the bored today and it is now 11p.m. I need some sleep already, but I wanted to update you on my Italian adventure!


Sunset! Beautiful! I took this when the train stopped

Ciao until next time!

Posted by snodgrak 12:40 Archived in Italy Tagged ecotourism

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