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Published: April 20th 2010
I have not updated in a long time, I have been very busy. The last week of March I had midterms and went straight to spring break. My flight left at 6:05 on The 2nd to Milan. I was with my roommate Marisa and we had to leave our apartment at 3 am so we stayed up all night. We spend about 2 ½ hours in Milan and took a train to Venice. Our hostel was about a 25 minute bus ride from the city center and we got there in the evening so we slept for the most part, by that time we were up for over 36 hours straight and needed sleep badly. The next morning we went to Venice and explored. That night we met up with 4 other girls that we were traveling with around Italy. Sunday we went to Murano, the glass blowing island, and that was pretty cool. We saw a guy make a horse and it was pretty nuts how fast he worked.
Florence was our next stop and I’d have to say it was my favorite city. We got there around 10:30 at night so we went to bed the first night. The next day we saw the sights and walked into the country side which was really nice. It was my favorite city because it wasn’t a huge city and surrounded by rolling hills. The second day in Florence I saw the Statue of David and that was really amazing. I had no idea how big it was. None of the replica statues compare to the size and detail.
Next we went to Rome and arrived around 12:30 at night to our hostel and woke up early the next morning to go to the Vatican. We saw the Sistine Chapel and ran to go see the Pope after because we heard he was speaking. The Sistine chapel was really cool but you have to go through the whole museum to get to it and by the time you see it, it’s a little underwhelming. I’m not sure what the Pope was saying but he was listing things off and different groups would stand and cheer waving their flags and clapping their hands. It was pretty cool to see. After that we went into the Basilica and saw the resting place of Pope John Paul the 2nd. I thought the basilica was cooler than the Sistine chapel to be honest. Also while in Rome I had the best pasta dish, which was gnocchi, saw the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps.
I had a canola in every city and my favorite canola was in Milan. Which is kind of funny since I was there for such a short amount of time.
Marisa and I left the 4 other girls after Rome and went to Paris while they went to the coast. Our first day in Paris we went on a free 3 hour tour (you tip the guide at the end). That was really fun and we got to see all of the main sights of Paris. I also went to the Louvre (but didn’t get to see the Mona Lisa. I asked the ticket office what time they closed and they said 9:45 but they started kicking people out at 9:25), D’Orsay and Pompidou. The Pompidou was my favorite museum and they had a lot of Henry Matisse and I like him a lot so that was a nice surprise. I also climbed the Eiffel Tour and saw it lit up at night. My favorite meal was at a Japanese restaurant right by where we stayed. I have no idea what I ate but it was delicious. I got to see my friend Ally in Paris and that was really fun. She is studying in Venice but was on spring break the same time as me and not in Venice when I was there but in Paris at the same time.
Traveling to so many places I realized how much I missed Prague and how happy I am that I am studying here. There is no city like it and it isn’t nearly as crowded as Italy or France. It’s a little cold here right now but is slowing getting warmer and warmer.
Lucky I got back from spring break on Monday the 12th because on Wednesday night the volcano in Iceland erupted. I know a lot of people that had to change their travel plans and are stuck different places. My roommate’s boyfriend was supposed to fly out on Sunday but can not get a flight until Thursday and even then might get delayed. My other roommate’s brother was supposed to be here last Thursday but has been stuck in London. He finally got a ticket to take the Euro star to Paris and another train to Amsterdam. From there he has to find a bus to Germany and from Germany to Prague. I have heard worse stories of people taking 9 hour taxi rides from country to country and spending a pretty penny on it too. I really lucked out on my spring break timing. I’m going to Berlin this weekend but taking a train so the delays shouldn’t affect me.
I’m sure I am forgetting some things that I did but that is my last 2-3 weeks in a nutshell.
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