October 8, 2014
Woke up kinda chill today..
Heard ate nene this morning and i think she said she was tired.. but i was still half asleep so im pretty sure I wasnt much of a conversationalist..i
kuya joseph n i had some bfast..
Coffee n a croissant
then kuya told me to get all of my stuff packed really well… and make sure I dont forget my lunch that ate nene packed in the fridge.. i packed n tried to make things as small as possible..
Then i decided to wear my botton up shirt.. but it needed to be ironed.. and kuya joseph saw me starting out and he was like oh you dont actually know how to iron.. so he started it for me.. i keep on meaning to know how to iron button up long sleeve but their like the trickest of shirts.. i mean obviously for normal people.. people making their own clothes and wanting to pleat or something probably have more-difficult-for-the-everyday-person techniques..
so finished that.. and showered and changed.. and packed and
Ate lunch soo delicious lol i had some rice. . And apparently u can.just put.eggs in.the rice cooker with the and theyll cook.. go figure huh? anyways..
Eggs with hotdogs and.homemade tocino.. (idk what its name would be in english actually..)
then it was nothing really to do but wait. So chilled out on the couch until kuya joseph said it was time to go.. and we went to the hotel he works at..i chilled in the lobby for a while before ate lucy came and took me to dinner! at like 5 something.. really chill..used wifi.. kuya jo and i took a pic before i left.. and then ate lucy took me to the church sacred heart of jesus.. pretty.. and then we had dinner af the roadhouse.. it was in termini..i had a steak and a salad
Affer we got there i realized i forgot to buy balsalmic vinigar from italy.. so ate lucy went downstairs and bought it for me.. 2 bottles.. one i planned on bringing home to the us.. and the.other i was planning.on giving to ate judith.. or tita mel…
Now for a pretty long train to salzburg! 😁😥😔😊 lol
October 7, 2014
colosseo and roman forums today!
sooo i couldve tried to do these yesterday and gone to pompeii today.. but then tita beng and kuya said theres a lot of theives… and i would be far away… so i opted out..
today I would chill…
So I got in line for the Colosseo.. and double checked to see if it was really 12€ for both the Colosseo and Forum Romano. And entered! I started taking pictures.. and asking people if they wanted me to take their picture.. and then they would be polite and take mine! 😁 makes it easier when everyones a tourist. 😉😌 and itd be difficult to get away from someone if they tried to run with your stuff… theres tons of tourists who could probably create almost a spartan wall or something! 😜 but really people are actually totally chill about taking your pic or having you take theres..
Sometimes there are so many tourists that its impossible to get a solo picture..
So what I started doing was spreading my arms out along railings. Lol taking up more space.. like i would do at a concert or something.. and then people would kind of hesitate whether or not they wanted to still stand by me and my outstretched arms..and its during their hesitation I could get my picture taken really quick! 😉 haha i met some people from philidelphia.. and other people were dutch i think.. lol then i saw this girl.. with a camera by herself taking a selfie so i asked hey do you want me to take your picture? and she said yes please! And then she took mine and i asked if she was alone.. she said yes.. asked the same.. yeah… oh cool! her names elise (nickname) and shes from Brazil.. not Rio.. but another major place in brazil I cant remember right now.. anyways.. shes on an italy trip by herself.. staying in hostels and seeing verona and venezia firenze roma bologna.. and a bunch more i think.. shes headed back to brazil around the 28 of october.. so quite a bit of time! Haha so we kinda team up. Lets take pics here.. and here… have you already been the the forum romano? no? great! We’ll go after this?! 😁 and she kinda just went along with me more.. because I led the way.. lets take pics over here! or over there!! lol even in the Roman Forum… tons of pics!!
In the Forum by Palatine Hill i came across the end of a tour.. and got to listen in a little.. it was by Special quality rome and the tour guide was a guy names Micea (misha?) I think.. and hes employed through Tripadvisor.. and he was soooooo smart! okay i think he mightve been kinda cute…but him talking about the history of the place made him incredibly charming and attracrive considering his english had a little italian accent but was some of the best english Id heard from any of the people in rome not my family.. lol 😍😘 hahaha
i walked away knowing a new fact.. he asked everyone does anyone know that Cesare was not killed on the steps of the senate..? does anyone know where he was killed? no? well he was actually killed on the steps of the Theater of Pompeii about 1Km from here.. that is where the senators stabbed him 23 times.. It is after he is dead that his body was brought to the senate to be burned.. but why does everyone think he was killed in the senate? Because William Shakespeares the Life or Julius Cesare has Caesar being killed on the steps of the senate for convenience purposes because if they were to be at the senate then change the scene for 30 minutes only to kill caesar and then change the scene back to the senate for 30minutes it would be impractical.. so for the sake of not having to add two 30 minute intermissions for a 5 minute scene of Caesar dying.. he changed it to the steps of the senate and everyone thinks that that was where it really happened..
😁 haha cooll…
I waited in line for the bathroom at the forums.. shorter than the one at the colosseo! 😌 but this guy was on the side and laughing! because of how long our line is.. i mean really girls lines are always longer.. its just a thing weve got to deal with..
Anyways after we left we walked towards venezia again.. i stopped and ate one of the sandwiches Ate Nene made me and a croissant looking thing…
More walking some.pics at venezia.. tried to check if i could get into roman capitale museum but it.looked like it cost something so i said never mind..
I decided to try and get another pic of Berninis ecstacy in Vittoria.. and left Elise to find her way to the Trevi Fountain.. I didnt tell her its under construction.. I dont really know why.. just kinda thought maybe she was like me and would still wanna see it and then after she would wish to not see it like that..? Or maybe she would still throw a coin in! Who knows? i was almost to rebbulica when kuya jo called.. he was leaving soon and when i checked the church. it was closed until 330..it was 315
Kuya jo was on his way but maybe not there yet..? so i waited 10 outta 15minutes but kuya jo got there faster than i expected.. and I wanted gelato.. I considered running really quick to the church and then grabbing a gelato on the way back to Kuya Jos vespa.. but i figured i really didnt have THAT much time.. and i could do it tomorrow anyways.. so i chose gelato. Lol and returned with the same gelato i got with ate beng and RJ and kuya g two days ago.. 😌😁😜
idk if i could live in Italy.. I think Ive had gelato everyday here.. might gain too much weight..
We got back to the house and rj was there.. ate nene was on her way home from work.. and i just chilled.. relaxed.. lol i would be leaving tomorrow anyways..
We ate dinner all together this time because Rj didnt eat with us yesterday because he doesnt like beef steaks.. or salad.. or pasta..
Tonights dinner was pork chops and us adults had some broccoli pasta.. and rj had rice. Lol broccoli pasta is great..
Cook broccoli with pasta
In pan fry some garlic in olive oil..
When pasta and broccoli are cooked.. then drain and place into pan with garlic and olive oil.. and mix! 😁
Delicious! And quick! 😊
after dinner i did my nails.. blue again! 😁 just cleaner again since after ate elo did it on saturday they chipped a lot because im.not used to having nail polish.. but now it think its pretty cute! so even did my toe nails! 😉😏
Kuya jo asked if i wanted a suitcase.. and i was pretty strong at first.. like no!! Im okay…but then he mentioned my spinal cord.. and the whole what if you end up all hunchbacked when youre older and i gave in.. out of fear of becoming a hunchback.. 😌 so they found an older suitcase of theirs thats in pretty awesome condition that i had to ask again.. are you sure you dont need it..? Then i practiced and checked if my things would fit.. and they do.. and so now i have a much lighter euro-tourist-backpacking backpack.. and a trolley or carry on suitcase with most of my things.. lol its a pretty cool suitcase has its built in lock and everything..
side note ate elo has one of the coolest karaoke sys.. its song selection is prettttty sweet.. 😌
October 6, 2014
woke up early today!! kuya Joseph and i left the house by 6 and got to repubblica by 630 ish he went to work.. and I went to the train station and went to the Vatican! 😌😁 got there by 7 ish.. and the line was soooo much shorter! yayy!!! got inside and took a bunch of pics.. why is Pieta so far away? 😔 danng.. too valuable i bet.. and i took a bunch of.pictures of everything.. Its pretty beautiful in there… i feel bad because my mom n.gma wanted me to pray for them.. but ive been so out of the religious catholicism that all I could think of was the sign of the cross.. and how amazing the decorations were.. Im sure god knows I meant to pray for them.. right? Spent 5€ to take the stairs to the top of the cupola of the vatican.. great view of st. Peters square.. and a lot of rome actually.. had some.people take my picture.. i actually got bit a lot by.mosquitoes last night.. 😔 so was hoping the.pics wouldnt be too close.. cuz they but my face.. oddly towards my hair so not dead center but still uncomfortable.. 😒 also got some of my arms..
But i digress.
Cupola was fun.. lol mini vatican work out! 😁 as you get higher the steps become more narrow as does the passage.. lol no cutting! 😉 and the cieling slants.. its a weird visual.. lol Aww just realized I dont think I got a picture of Moses by Michelangelo.. and when I went to see how much the vatican museum and Sistine chapel are.. they said 25€ 😓😩😲 for reall?! i only wanna see the sistine chapellllll… ughh sorry cant do it! too expensive!! Bought some postcards instead😌
so i walked again.. took pictures by the bridge of castell angelo again.. piazza navona.. trevi fountain was a let down because its under construction.. if people say its under construction.. you just shouldnt go.. i figured oh itll still be cool to be there with the trevi fountain.. but no! just like if a ride breaks in disney and you see the inside it almost ruins the magic for a little while… just dont go.. wait until its fully operational and beautiful! 😌😁😉 because going under construction they have a mini portion of the fountain available to throw coins into but its really small.. 😔 like maybe the size of a table.. and they only have a picture of the real trevi fountain saying “take a selfie!” 😓 i didnt throw my coin in trevi.. because I want the first time I throw it in to be more memorable than a bunch of guys working on the real fountain and Me throwing my coin into a tiny portion of the fountain by a not so impressive picture of the actual fountain.. lol
Walking walking.. reached their school i think.. academia something.. and walked until around 1255 kuya Joseph called and said to wait by via del corso… and I stayed by Venezia for like an hour.. chilling.. watching people.. helped this one lady with.her map..
And then when kuya Joseph picked me up We went to the mall.. and ate hot dogs and i had a gelato at Ikea..
Haha and we checked out some shoe prices and stuff at footlocker..
its so crazy expensive here! its not just because our dollar is worth less than the euro.. but its not even the same number for euros.. its more! like if some rocheruns from nike are 70$.. here it would be 90€! 😓 oh man… cant shop here.. lol though i probably shouldve bought a tee shirt somewhere.. cuz Im running out.. 😞 ive noticed now that coming from philippines to france and france to italy.. i bring too many bottoms and not enough tops.. 😌 so at least i can fix this problem next time.. but yeah.. i have like 4 extra shorts and no tops to wear with them! 😜 ayiyiyi.. looks like Ill end up wearing my sweater without a shirt.. lol trials of travelling with just a backpack..
Anyways… get home and hang out with Kuya Jo and Ate Nene.. 😁 wine and dinner.. wine heres delicious.. 😌😄 and so is their salad.. cucumbers omg.. and we had steaks with basil pasta and salad.. oh my gods……😋😄😜😁😍😘 so amazing!!!
Tomorrow kuya jo is selling a car so hell be able to drop me off at the colosseo around 9 or something! awesome. 😁
October 5, 2014
I decided to not try to see the pope.. and go to the vatican today super early.. 1 because i honestly didnt know who the pope was.. last i remember benedict the 16th wanted to quit being pope.. lol so i slept in and it was great.. best nights sleep ive had probably since i left venice.. i dont know why but firenze (florence) i just couldnt sleep comfortably.. too many people? Lol paranoid ill get stolen from? haha.. but full 8 hours this time! 😁😄😊 by the angel! Was it awesome…
Woke up and my Ate Nene had made some coffee.. and eggs and hot dogs.. and mmmm… just mmmmmm!!!! 😁😜😝 she said youve seen almost like everything so when my sister Ate Beng comes with her husband and the car.. you have to think of other places to visit! haha that was difficult.. i kind of already so most of rome.. but we relaxed and i stayed in pajamas.. lol even when ate beng and her husband did show up i chilled in my pajamas until we decided to go out.. and then i changed.. we stoped by the bridge and took pics.. but unfortunately around the justice building my phone died.. 😔 my charger wasnt working.. 😒 but ate beng.used her phone.. and we got some fun pics in a parc by sant andrea chiesa.. (church) and some pics by the fountain there.. our gelato pics more stachatella and chocolato for me! 😁 and pics of the ecstacy by Bernini in Santa Maria De la Vittoria.. it was a chill time.. hanging out.. 😁 then when we returned ate Lucy was there and so was ate Elo! 😁 more wine and food!! yummm pancit.. and sinigang (mine was more like nilaga because im not big on salt..) then more karaoke! 🎶🎤😊
October 3, 2014
Bye florence! Until next time!
grabbed a set of 6 waters for ,90€
And then a chocolate croissant for 1,10€
waited for like forever in the train station for there to be a platform for my train… but on the train..
Listening to soundcloud.. boom clap… jasmine thompson.. my favs.. young and beaitiful by lana del rey… totem by ansolo.. runaway by pierce fulton remixed by ansolo..
Gonna watch some fairy tail!
got to the train station but didnt see my cousins friend Lucy that was coming to pick me up.
Walked around a little… and then pretty much stayed by the entrance figuring it would be the easiest place… nothing.. hmmm maybe she went to the wrong station? how many exists does this place have…? oh! someone is shooting a movie! lol cool… guess ill just chill here by the entrance and watch them film..
that actor looks super familiar.. was he the cop in da vinci code or something? Ill figure it out later…
Oh mayb…no… hmmm later later.
Anyways by being next to the entrace exit.. she did eventually have to pass that way.. so i grabbed her and she wondered how i recognized her and i said facebook and she said she was going home and my cousin is here.. well distant cousin.. lol so pretty long story ill try to make short:
my moms 1 out of 9 kids.. closest sister to her is my Aunt Lou. Shes got 4 kids (my cousins) eldest of the 4 Cousin JR. Is married to Dulce.. her sisters Elo and Leonora are the ones hosting me in Rome.. and Leonoras hubby Joseph was the one she ways talking about was there to pick me up.
Kuya Joseph (kuya is a sign of respect for older guy cousins.. brothers.. even some strangers get called Kuya) picked me up.. hes got a prettttttty sweet vespa.. its a bigger vespa.. like suv of vespas lol except still only 2 people… just more space.. so maybe bigger sudan type vespa is what i should say.? Anyways he was pretty hungry coming straight after his work at the hotel..so we went to a buffet.. pretty asian.. but good! they fry fish or shrimp.. or chicken along with their chinese food appetizers.. overall it was my biggest meal in 4 days.. venice i had pizza and baguette with salami.. n pizza and gelato for 2 days…. spaghetti in florence.. then a sandwich.. panino…
So yeah definitely a hell of a lot of food! It was amazing.. lol
my Kuya Joseph took me to their house so i could drop off my bag.. and then he took me around on a quick tour of the city via giant vespa.. (lol in actuallity it probably isnt giant.. but its definitely a comfortably-fit-two-people kinda vespa..
We visited the steps by the national art museum of rome… and were by piazza del popollo for a nice view and pictures.. and then coloseum and roman forum… and then it was kinda rainy.. venezia.. rained quite a bit so we stopped on the side for a little..met a couple of australian girls! they were kinda soaked looking for a good seafood restaurant.. they said its hard to find a good seafood place here… and its kinda dirty in rome…. in australia its relaxed.. and very clean and well maintained.. and fresh seafood!! 😁 sounds yummy…
then… drove back to the house where Ate elo and Ate Leonora (Nene) were already waiting for us! 😁 took off wet jackets.. and poured some red wine.. and sang karaoke! they were surprised by my voice.. think I sing good but I dont think Im that great… but i do enjoy singing so i guess it works out
Continued with some wine and drinking and decided that if i could wake up early after all this lol then we’d get an early start… took a shower after eating and drinking… felt so awesome!! and relaxing.. so glad to have family everywhere!
even though they are only my family by marriage.. 😁
October 4, 2014
i did manage to wake up early!! hooray.. but another shower and dressing up and drying hair.. and bfast.. and some makeup.. lol ate elo even did my nails! Haha and we got to the Vatican kinda late at 9 when there were a ton of people in line already… wrapping around the square.. and i decided not to wait in the long line and get up early to get in a different day.. after all its Saturday.. im here until wednesday..
So since we didnt get in there we walked… to Castel Angelo! 😁 which i recognized from Angels and Demons! haha so we toured that place.. thanks to ate Elo for my admission ticket was 10,50€ and Rj was free.. so she only paid 21€ for the two of us.. walking around and taking pictures its so fun and tiring.. lol walk into exhibits and things are from the 1500s some older.. its just so crazy.. I mean the United states was only created in the historical sense 1776 and this place.. Rome is has existed since before Christ.. we walk from castel angelo to a bus and then stopped over when we saw a sign for Navona because I want to go to Piazza Navona and i wanted to see Berninis four rivers (also from angels and demons)
We ate pizza and panino had a breezer..
haha and then we walked and saw the Pantheon.. some guy called me rude because in a group of people i didnt think he was talking to me when he asked “do you speak english?” And i just kept on walking also because if he was talking to me he was a guy with a clipboard which usually meant he wanted to try and sell me something.. and because I didnt reply.. he said “well i was going to say thats a great dress but its a pity you have no manners!” 😳😒 whatever jerk! couldve just said great dress. Had to have all the extra stuff.. and what if i didnt speak english?! 😡 yeah jerkface. Wherever you are.
Anyways.. got stachatella n chocolate gelato n walked from there to venezia.. walked in there and up to the view.. walked down and past the roman forum to the colosseo.. walked back up to the train.. to spagna.. checked out the outrageously expensive prada and gucci stores.. after a few pics on the spanish steps.. and then walked again to flaminio metro to catch a train back to labaro… and walked some more until we got back home! 😁😥 what a work out.. my feet were starting to hurt.. lol When we got back.. we kinda just fell over onto chairs or. the Couch. tired from.the day of walking.. lol relaxed on the couch.. had dinner… mmm.. fried calamari.. and zucchini filled with alici and mozzarella and a salad with cucumber cherry tomatos and some balsamic vinigar and olive oil.. 😁 omg.. so delicious.. i ate so much!! along with some red wine.. and some karaoke again lol 😉🎶🎶
September 29, 2014
Had a bit of a rough night on the train from Paris. After getting to the train station Gare de Lyon. Got to my car and my seat. But the diagram doesnt have me by the window. I clicked “basso” which to me means glass..? So i thought it might be the window seat.. not the case. Not the case. Anyways.. first guy comes in.. middle eastern.. next a family of 4 with 2 young boys.. also middle eastern.. and then 2 more guys also middle eastern.. definitely feeling singled out at this point. I like kids.. but because one insisted on crying and the other decided to wipe all of his oreo and saliva covered hands on the bench that i would end up having to use as my seat and cot for the next 12 hours.. not really fond of them like that.. and they didnt seem to want to talk or anything..
ugh and while I read John Green’s Paper Towns.. everyone slowly fell asleep including last guy to enter the car who was wondering why the beds werent out at 8.. (it was a bit of a hassel making all six beds anyways) but we eventually had them out and this guy that was complaining… Snored! So loudly.. 😒😒 by the angel!
They got off a stop or two before Venezia Mestre.. which means they got off aroud. 630 Or 7.. better time than any to get up i guess.. I put away the two middle beds.. because it feels so cramped having them all out.. and i was on the bottom bunk anyways so it didnt affect my arranged spot.
Got to Venezia Mestre and was looking for canals and gondolas.. nothing.. hmm.. maybe im on the wrong… side? So i go into a best western.. how much to stay for the night? 199€ hahaha ookay.. are there any hostels? Guy says in Venice.. oh.. so im not quite in venice yet.. lol okay! so back across the street to the train station look for someone who speaks english.. how do i get to venice? Turns out the girl that was able to speak to me in english was at the mcdonalds counter.. lol she says train or bus.. i go buy a ticket for Venezia S. Lucia… get on and realize I didnt have to buy it because I have the Eurail.. ugh wasted 1,25€ but its okay.
Get to Venice finally a scene I recognize.. boats, canals, big buildings.. walk along and everyones selling Murano glass.. and masks and keychains.. shot glasses.. lots of stuff. Walk back because i realize I dont know where the hostels are. Ask for tourist office.. and its back inside the train station.. i buy a map for 2,50€ kinda pricey but its fancy.. 3D! lol not really. But it says tries.. and she tells me theres this hostel in Santa Croce. And this hostel in this other area. I say okay great! Then I start to look. I got to Venice around 10. Walking around in my euro-tourist-backpacking backpack I borrowed from Yarrek weighs a lot.. walking and walking looking for this street..? In santa croce.. and finally ask this hotel guy.. he said yes this is santa croce. And I ask how much is this place., 140€ okay.. so no. Can you tell me where I can find this place.? uhh no.. the numbers.. dont really mean anything.. this entire area is santa croce. So its going to be pretty impossible to find. 😓 okay. Thanks.. I think this area for the other one is an actual street.. so I decide to look for that place.. meanwhile Im passing hotels..how much? 110€.. 75€… 70€…60€… okay looking promising.. way better than 199€ i started with.. Im walking.. Im walking… nope no place called Madame Doroteas.. which to me sounds like an insane asylum anyways.. or a school for problem children.. finally stop into a different hotel.. no one there at the front desk.. but theres wifi! wooo!! so i message the people mom.. i made it to venice.. kuya oliver cant find the hostels! janae.. im so tired! Been in venice since 10 and its 1 and I still cant find a place to stay thats reasonable.. and my backpack is weighing a lot.. after some time sitting i walk again.. find Hotel Adua. And ask.. how much? she says 50€ im like wow thats awesome.. and then she says.. if you want my friend rents an apartment 40€ a night.. your staying 2 nights? yes! Okay he will be here at 330. You can leave youe backpack in the closet that is secure because It is locked unless someone from front desk unlocks it. And i am so glad I really just need a place to sleep and use the bathroom.. lol i shop a little. I had bought a slice of pizza 1,80€ during my trek through the many many streets of venice..so wasnt too hungry. But then i check.. buy a mask for 8€ reminds me of Chasing Liberty.. but after buying it I dont really feel it was quite right so I dont really know if i will keep it or give it to sissy janae or jacqui or shanice.. bought 3 murano pieces at 8€ a piece.. turned out to be still expensive! aparently i thought it was cheap because in the US its at least 25$ each.. and then tomorrow I would find a place where the girl makes and sells her own jewelry. And theres a lot of the same beads but they all look cute! and i chose one with 2 turtles.. 1 rialto bridge instead of the red ones i liked because that one didnt have the bridge.. it had the san marco tower.. which might get confusing if i get the big ben tower from pandora..
Thought about buying a shot glass. Then decided to just do that in rome..
Bought baby wipes n 2in1shampoo
Anyways. Back at 330. David shows up.. old guy.. and woman is like this is the guy who rents and apartment.. and if u like the place then you can stay there.. if not.. you can come back and check in here. I appreciate her trying to save me money.. and apparently the apartment has a bathroom and toilet. All private.
Get there by walking through the streets of venice again. Short walk from Adua. On Calle Zane. Next to Saint Giovanni Evangelista church. Small apartment.. walkways abour 1 person wide.. shower and bathroom are separated by the showercurtain. Each about the same size. 1 Person size lol. Guy shows how to use the fan.. and then i tell him ill take it. I mean 40€ a night?! cheap for venice. Even the.hostels were costing 50€..
Then i consider relaxing.. for a bit.. and then i decide to go for a walk..but then the walk turns into remember where this appartment is! lol walk around and around so i remember where it is..
Then i go to the store and buy salami and baguette… and.chips.. walked trying to pick a place to just sit and relax and eat…
End up walking farther and farther and just give up and make my sandwich while im walking.. and eat my sandwich while im walking..thinking.i shouldve brought my water .. mehhh oh well!
And when it starts to get late i walk back to the appartment and realize i shouldve turned the water heater on… it needs 30min to warm up..
Reading paper towns..
Shower and sleep!
I woke up Really Early after going to sleep around 1.. woke up at 445am.. and then fell back asleep and finally woke up to my alarm at 8 (after checking instagram.. facebook.. texted my brother a bit.. janae a bit.. sissy a bit.. ) lol woke up and turned off the alarm.. turned on my side light. The New Hostel Im staying at is decent! 4 bed room with 2 brazilian girls Fernanda and Veronica and then theres Catalina and me.. lockers (which dont get used..) and all of us kind of just keep our stuff next to our beds.. a little bit of a trust thing that we wont go through each others things.. we have a designated bathroom (toilet number 2) haha.. and woke up washed my hair.. changed.. sunscreen.. bug spray.. some. make up because waking up at that time this morning didnt help my already forming dark circles from lack of sleep. We stopped over at the front desk for Catalina to check out (she didnt think she would be staying another night but then I told her all my plans for today and she decided to stay but there was only the mixed room with 3 guys and she didnt want to deal with the whole getting to know you kinda thing.. lol) so power-walked to the train station.. mini stop over when she had a minor scare of missing or leaving her phone..(shes had 3 samsung galaxy 4’s.. 1 died in water.. 1 was left in a hotel in milan.. and 1 was stolen on a bus- so after all of this her s4mini was pretty important to her).. one second… okay found it! lol so we walk even faster to the train station.. get there. Shes buys her ticket.. and we are off.. one guys says the trains at platform 1A.. people are checking tickets.. but we dont really have time.. I am looking for my Eurail pass as their checking others and just run through to catch up to Catalina. We’ve got an hour train to pisa.. and then we plan on taking pictures and maybe grabbing something on the side to eat.. and then we head back to florence.. i want to see the Santa Maria Del Fiore- Brunelleshi’s Duomo and Giottos Campanile which i was very proud to have remembered when we saw it for the first time last night.
side note is that Catalina said is it gothic? And I was like noooot quite.. and turns out its New Gothic.. or Gothic Renaissance which I think is quite beautiful considering the decoration is somehow less serious and daunting and more inviting than traditional Gothic.
bfast croissant and capuccino at the station
20Min walk straight from train station.. tower is on
the left side
The leaning tower of pisa is actually leaning quite a bit..! i mean really.. lol some things you guys should know
1. Cathedral is free
2. Dome is 5€
3. Tower is 18€!
we took pictures all around the outside of the buildings.. and some of the streets in pisa.. but. And its a pretty big butt! The Cathedral even though its free you have to wait an hour!! and when Im exploring pisa and florence in 1 day and hoping to go to The Mall and grab something for my mom and myself.. doesnt leave a lot of time.. and my schedule wouldve been thrown off.. so I decided I would just have to come back for those things. Plus itd be nice to just do all of them in one day.. but i didnt plan a day for pisa.. lol it can probably be covered in half a day but then thats another 23€ that i could spend on another day. And I am saving 16€ already by using Eurail to get to pisa and back.. and maybe Ill be able to use the bus without buying a ticket! Ill have to check! 😌😁 So. Lesson. If you want to even just do the free cathedral.. go to the ticket office first thing. Grab the free ticket.. then go back and take all of the pictures with the tower and the basilica.. and the dome.. and the little angel fountain right there.. and then go straight in! Theres set times for the tower too Im sure.. but Ticket office first! 😌 right now the ticket office is in a museum on the left..
Note. There are tons of bugs by the very nice grass.. of course there are… when I went there were these guys cutting the grass… be mindful.
😒i got a couple bug bites.. which i hate.. but im learning to accept and not hate so much.. still an inconvenience but im not freaking out anymore Everytime i see one.. just sometimes…😌😋
Ooohhhh feeling like a boss!! lol this lady just came around to check tickets.. i showed my Eurail and she just glanced and nodded her head.. 😌😄😉😏 oh yeahhh… damn right! Paid hella for this ticket! glad to see it working!
Saved 28€ to venice and 16€ to pisa and 1,50€ from v. Mestre to s. Lucia shouldve saved 3€ but i forgot when i got there that i didnt have to pay.. 😔 savings so far. 45,5€
thinking of making a story out of this. Its just that crazy.
Get back to hostel around 2 something.. charging a little.. using the restroom.. sitting for a while.. okay phones around 60 that should last a while.. we leave the hostel with Catalinas giant luggage.. and head to look for her new hostel for the night..
20€ but its at 40 Via Faenze and we cant seem to find it…
The numbers in italy make no sense.. one side 12 and 32
Otherside 43 21 39
Finally find it.. shes got 5 people in her new room including her..
we grab some food.. sandwich grec and fries..and italian orange soda.. which is pretty good.. not bad to
me..but finish and get to the cathedral at around 345.. wait in line. (catalinas going to gucci museum.) But when i get there.. guy says no shorts..😳 ayiyiyi
so i run to the hostel. Go pee really quick beacause running can do that.. and then grab my jeans lock the door and head out.
Get back to the cathedral… no.its closed.sorry closed at 4 today because its thursday. 😒 okaaay..
Line up to see the cupola.. inside the dome.. the diagram says no ticket office in.that portion of the basilica.. which apparently is not the same as no ticket needed for this segment like i thought.. so waited in line. Got to front. Only to.have no ticket to scan to get in.. 😔
its now 445. And i had planned on meeting catalina at 5 in front of the tourist office to get ready to go to the Mall! where there was supposed to be a lot of discounts!!
On the way i find the ticket office! Lol only 10€ for all 4 portions the cathedral campanile and duomo and baptistry..
So not really worth spending at this point.. 😔
Get there and have to wait a while for catalina to show up..
Anyways i read it was open until 8, we would be fine leavinf at 6 instead of 530 anyways..
Go inside tourist office to check. How do we get to the mall?
go to this place. Okaaaay.. try and look.. is this the place.? No.. ask someone else.. they say go over there… ask polizia.. they turn us around and say go straight that way for 5 minutes.. which cant be because everywhere ive looked its almost an hour away.. lol catalina is like oh men.. they dont know shopping..
And then we ask bus driver. 1, he points that way.. ask bus driver 2, he says that way.. then bus driver 1 pulls up and opens the doors and lets us in. Okaaay… he said hell take us to the bus station..
Reason why it was so ellusive?! welll.. 1 even the police dont know how to tell us how to get there.. and 2 its under construction on the outside.. and was practically a big hole in the wall parking lot for buses. Get there. Ask bus driver number 3! U drive to the mall?! he said yes. Okay great can we go?
he said no not now.. we said why not theres schedule for 6pm.. cant go now because the mall will be closed. Closes at 7!
no but u guys have ones coming back from the mall at 8.. and scheudle said 8„
i downloaded a schedule for july to october.. but hours were only extended to 8 during the month of august.. 😳😔😝😒 ughhh
so what we end up doing?! going by plazza vecchio and grabbing fruit and fruit gelato.. wild berry with strawberries kiwi blackberries and raspberrirs for me.. it was delicious.
And thennnn we visited the bridge again at sunset..
And then we spent forever looking for a place to relax ane chill with a beer or something.. walk all over.. try going to the plazzo duomo because Veronica said she would be there with the German guy.. but saw the ‘bar’ place Smali and was pretty dead.. and the never endint walk continues..
Mind you. I am already exhausted from trying to run fast to get back to the.cathedral..so my feet are starting to hurt.. and finally end up at an irish pub.. it was great.. two guy bartenders were very nice.. one had a nice smile and winked at me when he set down out drinks.. i think he could tell we were thankful for the alcohol.. lol
1 Beer and some Cuba Libre..
Met a group of guys who were all friends.. they apparently made a bet on who they thought was older Catalina or myself.. catalinas wearing a dress and a leather jacket.. and since i changed (sort of) in in jeans and a yellow Old NAVY zip up hoodie to hide my sweat… lol
Met Paula and Nicolas.. friends of Catalina.. and then we walked some.. i was kinda drunk.. one of the guys is pretty drunk and disappeared and came back with pastries! yummmm.. pain au chocolat in italian… nicolas and catslina walkme home.with them practicing their english and me not really practicing my spanish.
Well 1, i know some spanish only from overlapping words in Tagalog
2 definitely know more french than spanish.. so much that sometimes the first response is in french..
3 i know buongiorno.. and grazie.. and prego..that is the extent of my italian.
And all the italians talk with emotions and their hands.. it was a blast to watch.. and they dont speak that much english but speak a lot of spanish so i didnt have to do a lot of talking.. which is good considering my staus as lightweight hasnt changed much.. i couldnt help but laugh sometimes just randomly.. haha oh man..
We walked down the street and finally found the clubs! Past the plazzo della signora.. and down like v. Della ninna… and keep walking..
The guys wanted to roll a blunt and smoke on a bridge.. hang out more.. but i personally dont smoke.. not even metaphorically.. lol so i opted out plus it was like 0030..
😥 so nicolas and catalina walked me home and.went to sleep late.. like 2.. woke up at 7.. ugh sleep deprived..
On a different note i gotta add christiano on fb or something.. he works at the uffizzi gallery and.could totally hook it up for free! 😁 so gotta add him so next time i can go for free!!
Tuesday in Venice I woke up and snoozed my alarm a bunchhhh.. meant to wake up and go for a run at 6 or even 7.. but ended up awake at 830.. eating leftover sandwich from yesterday (salami in a baguette.. spending a lot of time in france..) and brought my chips and water and grapes i bought at the store yesterday with me on my walk through venice to Rialto Bridge.. had some people take pictures of me for my phone.. and I took some for them.. and then headed to San Marcos Plaza.. which was crawling with tourists.. I thought about doing San Marcos Tower.. but decided not to.. and stood in line for San Marcos Basilica.. met a couple from Sydney Australia! they said to try and make it over to Murano and Burano.. we got into the Basilica and it said no photos.. but someone started and then before you know it everyones taking pictures with flashes.. and its kind of funny how that happens.. the couple also said to go to the Doge’s Palace. Its beautiful.. it was 16€ to get in but i spent hours there.. following part of a private tour.. reading a lot of the descriptions for all of the many rooms in the palace.. rooms where meetings were held.. map rooms.. weapons rooms.. prisons.. hours and hours.. and then after I had my picture taken by the buildings.. and took more pictures of san marco Plaza and tower.. walked along the coast of venice… beautiful day.. i remembered sunscreen and my hat.. and then on the walk back on Rialto bridge i heard a commotion.. some girl was crying her eyes out freaking out because her friend had just collapsed. Young male around 14-16.. i saw his face was blue and someone was already trying to open his mouth and check his airway.. then the friend said hes choking and someone says give him the heimlick maneuver.. and im thinking is someone going to do it..? And then i realize I could do it.. part of me is hesitant but then I try to work with other people ones getting his heart rate.. does he have a pulse.? is he breathing?!! and after i move his legs a little straighter in an attempt to make it like my training sessions the person by his head says no hes breathing.. and his cyanosis (blue color caused by poor oxygen) is going away and i see his chest rise and fall. And then the guy continues to remain unconscious.. hes having a seizure.. the people by the guys head are medics.. and we are asking different friends does he have any allergies..? Medications..? History of epillepsy? what was has doing right before? Did he eat anything strange? and his friends were just saying no. This has never happened before! When the people by the head mentioned they were medics i was so relieved. Vacation me was having a bit of a time freaking out like a civilian.. but the friends were calming down.. even the guy friends were close to tears.. they called their teacher and the venetian emts were on the way.. the kid came around.. but couldnt remember his name.. or what happened..but overall i think he will be okay… after i saw the emts take him to the boat to go to the hospital I finally left.. and went back to the apartment.. i wanted to relax after that scary ordeal.. a bit later i got another piece of pizza.. and some nutella and cheesecake gelato.. went on instagram… and checked in with my mom.. wouldve taken more pictures at sunset but the weather was already turning gray.. and then I went to sleep because unlike slacking this morning I would actually run tomorrow.
Woke up a little later than I expected in Venice.. 730ish.. After hitting snooze on my phone a couple times since 6. I got changed and decided to go for a run! why not right?! well its 8 and Im running making it to the Rialto Bridge with no problem.. Then like yesterday I decided to check out San Marco’s square. But unlike yesterday today it took me a couple wrong turns and back tracking to get there. When i finally got There it was pretty empty which I thought was great! Except that it isnt normal especially so late in the morning. So Im taking pictures and running and pictures and running.. and then It starts raining! like a lot! i dont know why This happens but happens often apparently.. haha Anyways.. running and looking for Signs for S. Giovanni Evangelista and only made one wrong turn before making it back to the apartment i was staying at. I shower and change.. and pack.. on the way out of the apartment around 1158 im walking With my giant euro-tourist-backpacking backpack.. lol stop into q store to grab something to eat..,65€ for a little brioche croissant-like italian thing with nutella-like filling (it was delicious) and then i headed to Hotel Adua to use the wifi and let people like my Mom know im headed to Florence.
Took the train from Venezia S. Lucia to Venezia Mestre waited for my train to Firenze at 1337 sat down.
Then the ticket guy comes around I hand him my ticket he says im like 3 cars away from my actual seat.. haha woops!! So i grab my big bag and start walking on the moving train. Pretty sure my strap hit a couple people.. or part of the bag did..? I dont know tried hard to avoid them of course.. i get to my seat and there are these girls talking.. and this married couple in front of me.. eventually topic of Iphone 6 comes up because the guy in the couple has it and the wife mentions finally someone reacts like youve been waiting! (Talking about the other girls next to us) I find out their names Beth.. Juliette… and the married couple are Elizabeth and Christian.. we talk about where we’re from.. where we are going.. I am actually the first to say my name so we could call each other by names and asked for the names to add them on facebook.. or instagram..
Some guy showed up and took the chair next to me so instead of letting me be all awkward with my bag on my lap Elizabeth volunteered Christian to put my bag up in the overhead storage..(which he did with no problem)
Elizabeths fam is from California but her and Christian are from Maine.. Juliette is at Dickenson College and her and Beth are studying abroad in Copenhagen which was mostly sounding awesome because they dont have any tests.. they study for a week or two and then travel for a week or two.. I will probably message them again and see what program they are actually signed up for.. Everyone was surprised I was travelling alone and i did admit it gets lonely.. mostly missing my friends and thinking of the times I miss with them.. but they said I shouls be writing a blog.. lol about all of my travels.. so I will probaBly try and backtrack.. if i can..
Got to Florence.. no problems.. got off the train and headed to the tourist office with Elizabeth and Christian right behind me.. haha and grabbed a map and the directions to my hostel.
When i got to the Hostel i met a couple people who were getting ready to leave.. Erica And Jeremy from China. They mentioned cinqotera and milan as places to visit.. got into my room first out of 4 beds.. an hour or so later the second girl showed up.. Catalina from Chile! 😄 we are already becoming friends and decided to walk the city together.. she showed me how to use the key to the room which was great because i was having some difficulties with the old keys.. and then we left.. started walking in florence.. made it to the bridges right when the sun was setting! Pont Vecchio.. Plazza Vecchio with all the statues.. and jewelry stores.. people selling knock offs.. and then scurrying away when they think a cop is near..
Get to Santa Maria Del Fiore.. with rhe Duomo by Brunellschi and the Campanile by Giotto. Gothic renaissance.. Beautiful. And then we walk some more.. find a mini arch de triomph like thing..next to a carrosel with these guys playing some string instruments.. and these girls dancing on the side (maybe too much to drink..) haha
we ate at an italian place.. i had the house spaghetti because I couldnt think.of anything else.. it was spicy next time Im definitely trying the ravioli like Catalina got! 😌 Catalina got annoyed by the couple next to us.. haha this guy and girl from frat and sorority were on a date.. and 1. She wouldnt stop talking and 2. She checked her phone at dinner.. but mostly her saying everything about her life was what irritated Catalina
Made it back to the hotel with a plan for tomorrow. pisa.. back here. Santa Maria Del Fiore. And Catalina checks into her new place.. then we go to the Mall and check out the outlets until 8.. then come back and sleep before catching trains to Rome friday morning. 😁