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Re: Italy
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2016, 01:58:05 am »

Excellent!
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Re: Italy
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2016, 12:47:50 am »

All packed. Only bringing enough clothes for 4 days (I'd rather wash boxers and socks in a sink than carry a heavier bag) but all the little shit adds up. It would save me almost a kilo to bring my kindle instead of 2 books, but what's vacation for if not reading fat paperbacks? And yes, that weight is in grams because I weighed the books on my kitchen scale.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2016, 06:27:19 am »

Longest voyage of my life. Every step involved missing a connection because of delays. But holy cow Italy rules. Arriving in Florence 24 hours late but I am not feeling like complaining as I watch the countryside go by. Much prettier than central New Jersey.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2016, 09:14:28 pm »

In Rome alone, Pompeii tomorrow. I have done a good job on this trip until today... sunburnt and weird heat rash on my legs because I wore ##### so I could enter the Vatican sites. Unfortunately today the Sistine Chapel and Pantheon were closed for some religious observance. Walked around (outside) the Colosseum, saw the Trevi fountain. Best part was walking along the Tiber, because I walked down some stairs and there was nobody there. Just a shady path along the river that was mentioned in everything I read in 5 years of Latin class.
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2016, 10:03:17 pm »

Damn religious observances.

I'm glad you're going to Pompeii. I may just cross it off my list. Sending a figment of my imagination there is close enough, right?
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Re: Italy
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2016, 07:28:42 pm »

I have bad news. You need to put it back on your list.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2016, 07:37:49 pm »

Dammit! What happened?
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Re: Italy
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2016, 06:28:51 pm »

Dammit! What happened?

Maybe he means that it was so spectacular that you have to see it for yourself.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2016, 12:02:59 pm »

What Paul said. It was the coolest. Met a cute American girl on the train and we walked around Pompei for maybe 4 hours. Got wiped out and left and still hadn't seen some of the things I wanted to see. It's so cool!
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Re: Italy
« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2016, 01:22:23 am »

Yeah, definitely maxxed it. Just the right balance of days where I wore myself out and days where I sat pleasantly somewhere nice and read.

The coolest (besides Pompeii) was Milan. My sister's Italian friend, which of course she has because she goes to a different kind of fancy college than I did, told her where to go to dinner, and it was in the canal district. We left dinner during the Italy vs. Germany soccer game and it was insanity. People shooting off green and red smoke, fireworks, screaming, etc as they they watched the game on giant screens along the water. Milan was a nice mix of a big modern city and really old cool stuff.

Other highlights: heard an even more insane version of how my great-grandma became an orphan. Also that when they went to her childhood home to scatter her ashes in the river they found her initials carved in a windowsill.

Ran out of mobile data on the first day (10 hour nightmare of missing a flight in London and apparently looked at twitter way too much) so I spent the rest of the time with paper maps. Enjoyable because I love getting lost when I don't have anywhere to be.

Only had one fight with my sister, during that 10 hour layover, and the rest of the time we had a blast, even when my aunt and uncle were being shitheads.

Didn't get to go into the Sistine Chapel or Pantheon because of some sort of religious observance, but saw some nuns crying in St. Peters... which almost made me cry.

Some really great food once I gave in and stopped trying to order weird things. Might need to take a long break from prosciutto after One Bad Experience.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2016, 07:37:35 am »

Might need to take a long break from prosciutto after One Bad Experience.

Need to know more about this.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #26 on: July 05, 2016, 12:27:47 pm »

Yes, and I also want to know the weird things you were trying to order. What's weird in Italy?
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Re: Italy
« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2016, 12:36:00 pm »

I guess  "weird" is not the right word. I just ordered things that sounded interesting that I hadn't eaten before, or things that I wondered what the "Italian" version would be like, and kept getting served very small dishes or things I could cook myself in the states (like a grilled giraffe with lemon). Later in the trip I just always ordered the pasta, and was always happy. Also had some great risotto.

The bad experience: our last day I was really really hungry because we were traveling all day the day before and didn't have any real meals, mostly just snacks. My sister's friend suggested a place to get lunch and we went there and the cheeseburger was beckoning me. The rest of the menu wasn't anything special so I decided to go for it. The meat had a kind of strange flavor and I slowly came to realize it tasted like a thick hunk of prosciutto with ketchup and mustard on it, and then I started feeling really nauseous. It is possible I read the menu wrong and it was some kind of cured meat hamburger, or else I was just suffering from psychological suggestion. But I felt gross the rest of the day and couldn't stop thinking about that bad burger.
I can't figure out how it could taste like that, since the menu definitely said beef, and prosciutto does not have any spices on it that could have been in the burger to make it taste that way. Hmmm.
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Re: Italy
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2016, 07:12:04 pm »

It was cat.
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« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2016, 03:54:25 pm »

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