Sunday, December 27, 2009
Soon after, we got cleaned up and went to the Royal Beach Club lounge for happy hour and watched the sunset through the huge windows. The concierge James Hawethorne let us and a few other people into the Presidential Suite. He gave us a tour of some of the executive suites and checked to see if we could be upgraded (unfortunately we couldn't). There was dinner and a Polynesian dance show going on at 7:30 that we wanted to see, so we hurried down to get a table. We enjoyed a very Korean style bbq dinner and the dancing was amazing! There were three women and a man dancing, which later turned into two men because one came out dancing with fire and the end, and a drummer with a ukulele player. Toward the end of the show they picked people out of the audience to dance and they picked me and some adorable kids. So much fun!
We wanted to find some nightlife after the all you can drink Miller light night, so we went downstairs for a drink and headed out. We made a round through the downtown area and oh my god are there a lot of strip clubs! We walked through the Hyatt and walked on the beach back. We had to walk though the water for part of it because the coral made the beach hurtful to walk on. We ended up talking to a guy who worked at our hotel and went to Globe. It was all you can drink until midnight and we got our fill of cheap vodka! Good thing it was only down the street from our hotel. The DJ had two live drummers playing with them. The music was good and I had a great time dancing. I could tell Geoff wasn't feeling it anymore, so we left to this bar with a local band playing. I met Royce the bass player who was from Guam, but lived in SF for awhile. The band was great and one of the lead guitarists/singers sounded like the lead singer from Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder. What a great night!
When I woke up this morning it was already 10:30! We missed breakfast so we ate downstairs at Taste. It was a brunch buffet with unlimited Rose champagne and a chocolate fountain. Yummy!
We jumped into the car to check out the north side of the island. This time I didn't forget my camera, but I didn't wear my bathing suit. (It had been the other way around on our last excursion). We went up to the point when there was a beautiful nature preserve. We walked through this jungle-ish trail to get to a beautiful beach. There were locals laying out and I was jealous of Geoff because he was able to jump in! I found a pretty piece of coral and a shell that I pocketed.
We had to turn around and made it to Two Lovers Point.
The legend its that a woman Chamorro was arranged to marry a Spaniard, but she loved a man from the village. They were caught trying to runaway together, so they tried to run. They made it to a cliff and tied their hair together and jumped off so they'd never have to be separated. So sad, but the view was fantastic.
As soon as we got back to the hotel, I jumped into my suit and ran to the beach. I've been here ever since. Now I'm sitting with a pretty drink watching the sunset on Guam.
Such an amazing trip :)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I am so glad Geoff was so adamant on finding a place to go for Christmas. Just a week ago we were talking about Taiwan. This is so much better! Since he travels so much for work he has all of these perks. Good thing he likes to share with friends! He knew Im on a budget so he generously offered to take care of half of my flight and everything else the rest of the weekend.
When we got to the airport we hung out in the Hub lounge and ate free food, drank free beer and waited for our flight. Since he's Morning Calm status on Korean Air, we didn't have to wait in the same line and when we started to board they upgraded us to business class!! Woo hoo! They served a multi-course dinner and I prepped for my winter intensive class.
We arrived around 2am and caught a cab to the hotel. Again, since he's platinum status with Starwood they upgraded us to a corner, beach front ocean view room. We also got Royal Beach Club wrist bands (gold-clubbing type) but what that allows us access to we're still unsure. I have been way too excited/jetlagged/swollen to sleep so I've just been watching CNN & BBC news. Yay for American Territories! I've been able to watch the sunrise, unpack my whole three pieces of clothing and brew a pot of coffee. I hope he wakes up soon because I'm hungry for breakfast! I'm in Guam! WOO!
Monday, December 14, 2009
10 days 21 hours 31 minutes until Christmas
27 days 21 hours 31 minutes until Carlo's Birthday
51 days 21 hours 31 minutes until Alicia's Birthday
61 days 9 hours 31 minutes until Beijing and Carlo
101 days 21 hours 31 minutes until Italia
The holidays rock.
Thanksgiving was amazing. So many people were able to join us! There was a great spread of Thanksgiving dinner, too. The cabbie even sang Do Re Mi with us. Awesome.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I give myself ample time to arrive back in my neighborhood and walk to work. The last few days have hovered around 30F, so I really enjoy the 55F weather given to me today. I stop off at my swanky local cafe (well, as swanky as you can get in Eunpyeong) and get my regular cappucino. It's nice to see that I have accumulated enough stamps to make my next one free.
I decide to take the scenic route to work, through a narrow, mostly pedestrian street. I'm bundled up in my cardigan, wool scarf and W2000 gloves with my yummy cappucino. I get to walk next to beautiful Ginko Biloba trees changing colors and the brisk breeze blowing leaves past me. I pass by ajumas selling vegetables and talking over Korean dramas in the background. A new nail shoppe opened up recently and I can see them finishing up a new local bank branch. My regular dry cleaner is either closed on Wednesdays, or he's at lunch. I'm a little disappointed because I was looking forward to waving to him as I passed by. A man selling his rice treats from a truck sells me rice cracker snacks I will give to my students today. I look forward to seeing them; I only have three students and they have a very important test. I hope they do well.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I feel a little overwhelmed to talk about everything that's happened so far. So I won't really.
I've seen a few islands, made some really great friends and had more than my fair share of waiting for 5:30am for the subways to open.
I've went home and come back again. Enjoyed explaining American halloween to my students and listening to them explain Chuseok to me. Also, cooking meals for more than just myself.
My apartment feels more like a home.
Slowly exploring more of this city I call home.
I can't believe it's the holiday season. My friends and I are supposed to throw an Expat Thanksgiving dinner, but I'm not sure yet how we'll do it. Where can we eat? Cook a turkey? Even get a turkey??
My intake of non-water beverages that make running into things not hurt has gone up quite a bit. Detox/Rehab weekend is called for. Maybe a temple stay? Or at least away from Hongdae and loud music. I've been getting into too much trouble there!
I'm really enjoying my students. We only have 3 weeks left together :( Then I meet a whole new group to love!
I wonder how I will fit a Christmas Tree into my apartment. Do they sell trees that small? I already know what I'm giving my students! Woo woo!
Tell me why... It's 31 degrees outside right now and it's supposed to get back up to 70 this weekend? I don't mind, but really? Ondol is soooo awesome.
I'm on to the next one (Thanks Jay-Z)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Then I jumped.
The first free fall is so beautiful. I wish I could describe it better, but I really don't think I can. After I landed, everyone told me how quiet my jump was, and I think it's because I was overcome with how liberating it is to fly. I imagined that when the cord finally kicked in, it would be jarring, but it wasn't. I just swung back and forth until it calmed down enough for the man paddling the boat to grab my hands.
The rest of the day was spend sittting and lying on the bank of the river, splashing my feet, watching others jump and enjoying conversation. The weather was perfect.
A perfectly fantastic Sunday.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Jong-il headed home, while Lisa and I decided to go for a foot massage. We get there and decide we would also like a full body massage. We didn't get out of there until 4:30am! By the time we got back to my house all we had time for was to figure out how to get her to the airport and repack her bag. I didn't sleep until 8:30 in the morning and woke up at 2pm to get to work.
Today I went to a "cultural exchange" with Matt, Connor, Samantha and Andrea. I've been really hesitant on attending one of these events because I've heard people just go to find dates. I suppose it's a lot like the people that go to clubs and bars, but this just seems so obvious. It's 15,000 won to get in, and you get unlimited beer, soju and anju. It was much better than I had expected. There were a fair share of weird and creepy people, but I met a couple of great girls! The best one is Anna and she learned all of her English from American dramas and tv shows. She speaks really well! I'm going to meet up with her this week for coffee and conversation. I can't wait.
Goodnight. Tomorrow, good morning rapids!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I feel like I really live here now. I guess I was subconsciously waiting for evidence that I'm actually here. Actually living in South Korea. I got it while I was rocking out with my headphones transferring between subway lines, and this morning when I was on my way to work.
First, a woman about my age starts walking up to me as I'm walking the other direction and stops me. She starts speaking to me in Korean, but after I say English with a sad expression she says, "Jonggak". I turn around and point her in the direction she needed to go, without even looking at my subway map! (If you didn't know, there are like 14 subway lines. I tried to make a bet on how many there were once and I lost. I said 9.)
Then this morning, as I'm hailing a cab to take me to work. Because of course I'm cutting it close again. I start to hand the cab driver a piece of paper that has directions to my workplace written in Hangul and he waves his hands. He already knows where to take me. Apparently, I've hailed this same cabbie before and he remembers me! A real example of how often I test my limits when it comes to time.
I thought of two more things to add to my "Be prepared in Seoul" list. (It started out as three, but now I can't think of the last one. Of course.)
- When you go to an FC Seoul game, which you will because there is no way you can't, buy seats in the North Arena. These tickets are the cheapest, but the hardcore, cheering, chanting, dancing, flag waving fans sit on that side.
- Do not ride the Disco Jump in Dongdaemun unless you have a death wish. I think the operator might get off on the possiblity of really killing someone.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I've been quite busy. What with Summer Intensives and traveling here and there every weekend, I haven't had a moment to myself.
I decided I would write down the things I've encountered so far in Korea that could've went much more smoothly had I been informed.
- Be prepared to not have any money coming your way for the first two months. I couldn't tell you how lucky I am to have people that care enough to lend me survival money.
- Go to the Seoul Global Press Center as soon as you arrive. They have great information for expats, and provide many services for free. This was the easiest way of procuring a cell phone.
- Join Korea Adventure. I love to travel and it is very difficult to plan and reserve when you don't speak the language. They take care of everything for you and have quite the selection of activities to choose from.
- Buy a grandma cart. The kind that is made of metal with two big rubber wheels. It will save you when you realize you need to buy everything you need to live in your apartment and you don't have a car. It's good for groceries as well, unless you're lucky enough to encounter a very sweet Korean woman that carries half of your load with you to your elevator.
- If you're taking a cab, write down the closest subway station in Hangul on a piece of paper. If you think you can pronounce it from the Romanized sign, you're wrong. You can point to tell them where you want to go from there and say Yogi (like the bear) when you want to stop.
- When arriving to the airport, tell customs you would like to change your visa to a multiple entry visa. It will save you a lot of time if you plan on leaving the country at all during your stay.
- Eating alone in Korea is somewhat difficult unless it's fast food. So, make friends or cook at home. I've been doing a lot of the latter.
- Find a subway map you like and keep it with you at all times. I very much like the one from the back of the 100 Best of Seoul book. It's free from any tourism information center.
- Bring hydrocortisone from home. The mosquitos are vicious here and it will save you from a sleepless night after an afternoon of bloodsucking.
- Learn Hangul. I still haven't and I know it would make my life so much easier if I sat down and focused on it. Shame on me.
That's all for now. I'll experience more and add to this list.
I'm looking forward to rafting and bungee jumping weekend after next. I have also had a fantastic time meeting people and making new friends. Saturday I plan on riding the Seoul City Bus tour and attending a professional soccer game with Matt, after which Holly and John will be coming up to do some midnight shopping (finally!). This weekend will no doubtably be fun. As always it seems.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
I went to visit her this weekend in Daegu because we planned on attending a pool party to celebrate her friend Anna's birthday. I jumped on a train directly after work with help from John (he weaved through the crazy traffic of Seoul in order to get me to Seoul station in time for my train). I arrived in Daegu a half hour earlier than Holly had expected, so I hung out in the train station to wait for her. They were playing this creepy American movie with John Cusack dubbed in Korean so it ended up frightening me even more.
a week later...
finishing and posting :/
didn't get home/sleep until the sun was up both days that weekend. So much fun to be had out of an X-tra Large Capri Sun bag-cocktail. Swimming and beatboxing to clay made on a stage at 7am. Fun fun.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
My new apartment, albeit small, is perfect. When I first walked into it I was a little turned off that it wasn't totally clean. I've been told in Korea people don't clean apartments when they move out of them. The first thing I did was make a run for E-Mart (it used to be owned by Wal-Mart so you get the idea of what it is) for some cleaning supplies. Now it's clean with almost all my basic necessities, except food. It's mine. I can't wait to get paid so I can have a housewarming party!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I haven't said anything about London yet.
We took the tube from Paris to London (I forgot to write that earlier) We woke up quite early to catch the bus for our tour. We walked through Westminster Abbey, and it reminded me of Santa Croce with everyone and their mom trying to be buried there. The cool part, since it is the Church of England, it's just Christian so on the outside they had statues of 20th century matyrs, including MLK Jr. We watched part of the changing of the guard. During it, there was a complete black regiment and my first thought was that Britain's military was still segregated. I found out later they were visiting from Jamaica because they are celebrating fifty years of independence from Great Britain.
We then jumped on a river boat and had a guide explain the landmarks around the Thames River. We ended up at the Tower of London, a place where former Kings and Queend used to live, where they had executions and where they now keep the crown jewels.
The stars of Africa are there sitting on the top of one staff (and honestly I couldn't tell where the second one was) 500 carats!
That is amazing!
After Amalia took a million pictures, Chris and I went to have afternoon tea. Scones with cottled cream and traditional English tea with milk. It was so good! We went to meet the family afterwards to take a picture in front of the Tower Bridge. We began to wak back and Chris and I thought we had to meet where she gave us the tickets, but Jens and Amalia and Jon walked to where the bathroom is and we stepped into a sovenier shop. After awhile no one was anywhere. We walked back to where we thought we were supposed to meet and I notice our bus driving away. We wait for awhile and we realize we had been left.
I started to get really sad because I feel like people don't care if they leave me. We decided to take up an offer for 2for1 fish and chips up on the hill from an old woman and their promoters passing out flyers. We split a stella and chill with castle in view. We jumped on the tube back to Notting Hill Gate--the hotel and the family. Jon Amalia and Jens ended up getting back a little later than expected since they got a bus ride back to the headquarters of the tour and then the tube back to the hotel.
I'm tired. I'll finish later.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Vatican Museums. So much! Rafael rooms-the school of Athens in particular. Even a Dali painting! I have pictures of all of it. Wandering around by myself was quite nice.
Teatro Dell' Opera di Roma:
Nabucco. An opera by Verdi used as a political vehicle for Italy. We saw it in the Roman Bath and it was quite impressive!
Prato delle Colonne Stagione 2007:
Momix Ballet. The one modern art piece we saw the whole time. Crazy. It was really abstract. They danced behind a screen to projections and music with lights... hard to explain.
Opera di Santa maria Del Fiore (del Duomo):
Opera actually means works, so this place is a museum of all the original parts of the Duomo. The two best pieces, well how about three... Mary Magdalene by Donatello, the third Pieta by Michaelangelo and the Choir Loft by Donatello.
Friday, August 03, 2007
It's knind of awkward the way the Eiffel Tower tickets are set up. You just pick a leg and hope that's the option you wanted. We walked up to the first two platforms and took a Willy Wonka elevator to the top. The view was great! We took a bout a million pictures and headed for the Louvre.
On the way there we stopped by the Arc de Triumph. I didn't appreciate it as much as I thought I would since it looked like a replica of the Constantine arch. The Lourvre though was fantastic. Since everyone wanted to see the Mona Lisa I was able to see other Italian artists I just learned about like Fra Angelico, Boticelli, Rafael, Giotto...
The Mona Lisa has her own free standing wall and is protected first by banisters and secondly by bulletproof glass. There were so many people crowded around to see her and I bet most of them don't know why she is so special.
After a long day on the road we stop for some french cuisine. I for one, was not impressed. I won't say it wasn't good, but with all the emphasis on great French good... it didn't live up to the hype. Yesterday morning Amalia, Jens and Jon rush off to see Notre Dame while Chris and I go on a search for souveniers. Unsuccessful in that area but we did find a great sandwich /bakery and a farmers market stand. We bought some of the best plum-ish things, there were little green ones and a little bigger yellow ones. MMM
We walked leisurely back to the hotel where his family was rushing out to catch the shuttle. And now after a smooth 2 hour and 15 minute Eurostar ride to London, I'm here. I'm on the last leg of my European journey!
We got settled in so late we just walked down the street to find somewhere to eat indian (because Brits suck at food we hear) It was very good, but pretty pricey considering the exchange rate. Today we are conquering London with a day tour.
Oh! I forgot to mention, at the Louvre we saw a diamond that was 140 carats. 140 Carats!!
Can you believe that?
Today we are supposed to see some that are even bigger!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Santa Maria Novella:
The Holy Trinity by Massacio (I need to check the spelling) First fresco made with linear perspective. Perfectly proportional. May have had help by Brunaleschi (sp) Lauree's favorite lecture.
Virtuosi di Venezia-Le Quattro Stagioni:
The four seasons in Venice. Always played for Rendentore. Bought the CD with Lauree.
The Accademia. The Music museum with Rona and the David by Michaelangelo with Rocky.
Saw Harry Potter with Sirena, Jessica, Thomas, Eric, Kenneth and Chelsea in a theatre that looked like it should have plays going on. We had beers while watching it and it had an intermission!
Arena Di Verona Aida:
Aida was absolutley fantastic! We saw it inside a Roman Arena underneath the stars. It included so many beautiful voices and insturments and because the acoustics are so good in the Arena they didn't use microphones. There were pyrotechnics and two long intermissions.
Galleria degli Uffizi:
The Uffizi really means offices, since the Medici had their offices here with a secret passageway to their palace, Palazzo Pitti. Botticelli's paintings "The Alegory of Spring" and "the Birth of Venus" are here, along with Fra Lippi's "Madonna with Child and Angels" We saw some of Da Vinci's work, "The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary" and so many others. It has some fabulous things inside.
I had to take a break from the tickets/biglietteria in order to finish cleaning the apartment and get out. Jen left at around 4:30am and so it was just me and Helena for the rest of the day. We walked over to Accent and check our email. I sent Chris the flight information just in case he didn't call before Helena left (which he didn't). Helena and I left our bags there and started to roam about Firenze trying to figure out where to eat. We decided to go to Cafe Amerini across from our apartment. MMM. I will definitely miss Italian espresso, and as much as I hate to say it... paninos too. After eating our brunch we headed over to Mercato Centrale near San Lorenzo so I could buy pistachios for the train--haha I mean plane ride--I've been in Italy too long. We bought a half liter of red house wine and cheered our last cheers in Italia.
Helena's sensitivity must be rubbing off on me.
We walked back to Accent so Helena could call a cab to take her to the airport. After a quick goodbye (Helena starts the water works if it's too long of a goodbye) I walked over to Amex to change the last of my travelers checks just in case something crazy happened at the airport again. I left in time to catch the 14:30 bus to Pisa airport. This time I know I have more than enough time to get to my plane. Although I couldn't help but doze off for a few minutes here and there on the bus, I took in as much of the scenery as I could.
I love the villas in the rolling hills, the yellow of the sunflower fields and the tall thinness of the Cypress trees (it's like Italians model themselves after those trees) Everytime I've come close to Pisa I find myself searching for the Leaning Tower. Still haven't seen it . Maybe I'll see it next time I come to Italy.
Here comes a new and exciting part of my summer adventure, PARIS! But before that happens I want to reflect on as much as I can about my last week and a half/two weeks in Italy since I slack on writing quite a bit. I am really impressed with the dynamic of our group. There was always someone who opened a different door for me, gave me a new perspective or reminded me why I believe what I do. The trip has changed me and to what extent I may to fully know--only time will tell. One thing for sure...this is only the beginning of my journeys to new lands and far off places. I can never go back to the sheltered American girl I once was. I wonder where I will go next.
Five hours later...
So I'm on a plane to Paris which I felt descend just a bit. I sat next to a husband and his daughter, both of whom are French and don't speak any English. I love children so it didn't stop me from making facial expressions to get my point across. I've spent the last hour reading Time, eating pistachios and drinking frizzante water. The flight attendants offered up scratch cards for a E1.50 and as with all things that are based on luck, I lost. Although the woman right before me and the husband sitting next to me both won!
Me, Jess, Helena and Jen went to the beach at Via Reggio and it was fantastic. Since it was a Saturday we wanted to spend the day there. The train ride there was crazy! Oh these Italians. Things always seem like a "Find your own adventure" book. It took us so long to get there and back because we had a hard time figuring out the train schedule.
In the last few days I've enjoyed the very best gelato in town which I later dragged Helena, Jen and Jon to eat. MMM the no name gelataria on the way to Piazza Michaelangelo. I also enjoyed a sunset over the River Arno with Rona, Stephanie, Eric, Ken and Andrew. I have some gorgeous photos. We had a farewell dinner at Mamma Mia and it was incredible. We had penne with meat sauce as the primi piatti and Veal as the secundi and Tiramisu for dessert. I also enjoyed a bottle of wine on the steps of Santa Maria del Fiore aka the Duomo with my roomies. This time we had some forethought to come home and get cups instead of using gelato cups again.
I'll most definitely will not miss the mosquitoes! They are a whole other breed. I've gotten to the point where I have to wait for Helena to wake up before I can finish cleaning so... I'm going to put in my ticket stubs and see what I remember...
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Wednesday all the roommates have a meeting to put everything out in the open. Thursday I come home to a laptop soaked in wine, pigeon shit in my pillowcase and my food tampered with. Who knows what else she fucked with. The director of the Accent programin Florence is giving us no kind of options to deal with our very unfortunate situation. It seems as though the other students are very supportive and want to help me (us) out in our fight against the machine.
On another note...
Rome is amazing.
We watched Nabucco in the Carcalla Baths. It was a more intimate setting in Rome but I don't think anything could compare to the Roman Arena. Today I almost died pushing myself to see all I wanted to see in the Vatican. Coquering a city/state in a half day is quite the task. The sheer volume of art in the Vatican collection is unimaginable. I used my guidebook to give myself a guided tour. I wanted to do this on my own, as my own "pilgrimage". I didn't see the Pope, but I did get an offer to buy my MTV Italy book by Paolo, the owner of the Sistine Bar because they mention him in the book.
St. Peter's is by far the most impressive church I will ever see. The Pantheon was great but more on that later. I picked up a beautiful rosary bracelet for grammy and Amalia's spoon. If all roads lead to Rome than why does Capital Hill face the Vatican? Of all of the Roman ruins made me wonder how civilization occured here while at the same time in America ther are native American tribes as nomads with no written language. I've been in constant contact with Chris and even though I talk to him everyday I still miss him like crazy. I can't wait to see him in Paris.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Venice is beautiful, ungodly hot, but beautiful.
We arrive and after we take a tour of the Palace and the Church (Basillica San Marco) we all took a ride on the gondola. It rreally lives up to the hype. It's wonderfully romantic and our gondolier told us he had seen many people propose. He even let me drive!! Can you believe that??
Saturday was Rendentore--which means redeamer because the people of Venice survived the Black Death Plague. They string lanterns along the Grand Canal, party boats are everywhere and fireworks begin at 11:30pm. Vivaldi composed concertos celebrating Rendentore and we were able to see The Four Seasons performed at a theatre off of Sn Marco Piazza. Lar, Helena and I searched, well ran to find a perfect spot to set up Helena's camera for the fireworks. We did after jumping a fence and standing on stone blocks in t he water. Helena claims they turned out great but I haven't been able to see them yet.
Verona was everything you imagine a city that set the stage for Romeo and Juliet would be. Full of houses with balconies made of wrought ironand flowers, love notes stuck to Juliet's courtyard and a Roman ampitheatre. Incredible. Part of the original city walls still stand and the arean was built in the 2nd century BC. We watched Verdi's Aida under Roman stars and a wonderfully beautiful setting. I'll never be able to see it any other way.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
On Thursday Chris came to Firenze early in order to spend more time with me. I skipped Rona's class and went to the train station at 9:30am to meet him when his train arrived. It was like a movie. I thought it would be so difficult to find him but as soon as I walked throught the gates there he was walking straight towards me. We walked to the apartment so I could pick up my map and we could find his hotel. It turns out his hotel is near the train station (Santa Maria Novella)
When we get there his room isn't ready so we drop off his luggage and swing by San Lorenzo's open market. He picked me up some fresh basil, lemons, black pepper and asparagus. Oh I almost forgot! Before that he was extremely hungry so I suggested we go on the other side of the river to find someplace a little less touristy. We ended up walking outrageously far and came back across the river to a little restaurant. We had pizza, pasta, wine and great conversation. I love talking with him.
After all that running around (post-market as well) We decide to open a bottle of wine and hibernate in the hotel room until around seven when we worke up. We knew his family was arriving soon so we cleaned up, grabed the food and headed over to my apartment to drop off the food. While we were there I finished up my laundry while he cooked some aparagus. I made a salad and enjoyed my favorite vegetable with my favorite person.
After, we went to the hotel to meet up with his family for dinner. We went to della Carmine (my favorite restaurant here) everyone really enjoyed their food (so much they ate there the next day too!) Me and the boys met up with Jenn, Carrie and Jessica (the sister in laws) and we went to J.J.'s our frequent late night spot. We chilled on the steps of the Duomo until about one and headed over to the hotel. I stayed with Chris on a tiny twin bed.
I had to wake up early to catch the train to Venice. We woke up earlier than we needed to so I could shower and get some breakfast. After our espresso and and crossaint, he also got me a sandwich and oj for lunch. We headed over to the train station and he got to meet all of my friends in the program. When I was leaving I was so sad leaving him. I'm sleepy now so I'll write about Venice and Verona later....
"As long as I can remember, for all of my spirit's days, All of my journeys have been roads home to you."