It’s been close to month since I’ve last posted, and tomorrow marks two months of travelling (23 countries thus far!). So it seems like an appropriate time to get my shit together and write another post. When I set off on this adventure, I told myself I would be blogging every day.
The only two things I really knew about Venice before today was that it had canals and that it would probably be under water within a few years so if you want to visit you better do it soon. But as soon as I arrived, a massive bout of curiosity emerged. How was the city built? Why did they want a city essentially built on water? How much does it cost to live here? Does everyone who lives here own a boat?
A few days ago Erin and I decided we wanted to do a day trip to Pisa from Florence. When we asked the staff at the hostel about it, they said we really only needed a half a day, as the train ride was just over an hour and there wasn’t much to see in Pisa aside from the tower and the other sites in that square. Taking his advice, we decided to do the Uffizi Gallery in the morning then head to Pisa with two and a half hours to spend there.
One of the things I was most looking forward to on this trip was doing a wine tasting in Tuscany. Why? Because I knew Tuscany was beautiful and I love wine. Erin and I searched around for different options, trying to stay within a reasonable budget, and eventually found one for $50 each. Definitely not cheap, but it was 7 hours long, had tasting at two different wineries, lots of little snacks, and a small stop in the village of Greve so it seemed like we would get our money’s worth. Plus it was one of the cheaper ones.
When I was in 7th grade I read Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. If you aren’t familiar with the book, it’s basically about the Illuminati, Vatican City, CERN, and anti-matter. I loved the book so much that it briefly inspired my future career goals (nuclear physicist), though they have since changed dramatically. It also began a fascination with the Vatican City: the world’s smallest country and the heart of Catholicism. Today I finally got to see it first-hand.
But I'm sure as hell going to try and see it in a day - rain and tired feet be damned.
rin and I bought tickets for the Roman Colosseum online last night, allowing us to bypass the lines upon arrival. Being inside the Colosseum was absolutely breath-taking. It’s incredible to think that this was built in 70 AD and still has this kind of beauty.
Everyone I talked to about Italy said that Pompeii had to be given a full day. I knew you couldspend a full day exploring the archaeological site, but did I really have to? I mean I’m only in Italy for a week and there’s a lot I want to do. So after some research on transportation and opening hours, I created a hefty and ambitious schedule for the day.
Today has been one of those days where I'm going to go to sleep smiling from ear to ear. Though it hasn't been a perfect day (namely having to say goodbye to Natalie, getting pelted by ice during a freak frozen rain storm as I was boarding my plane in Prague, and getting ripped off by a taxi driver), it has overall been a pretty incredible day.