Blogs from Marche, Italy, Europe - page 4


Europe » Italy » Marche March 29th 2012

Day from Hell Waking up at 3:00 am is not so much fun as staying up to 3:00 am. The phone rang and soon we were out of the room and in the lobby waiting for breakfast. At four the hotel provided coffee, tea, cereal, warm milk and packaged rolls with jelly. After a couple of cups of coffee I headed to the head and took a header as I missed a stair. The rating was 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. Once again I didn’t breaks or sprain anything but did get a nasty knock on the head from the door jam. At 5:00 we left for the airport but when we got there we were stuck in traffic. At check in they opened two stations to get us through. You see our ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche March 14th 2012

Well we were off to a rough start ... when we arrived at Newark Airport the porter at the curb told me that our flight had been cancelled. I, of course, thought that he was kidding. But it was true! I had our bus driver wait and after much waiting and working with Alitalia I was able to get our group booked on two separate flights out of JFK. Our bus driver drove us to JFK. We then split up between Delta and KLM ... the story is way too long to write on this blog. The Delta group was able to depart on their flight at 6pm however the KLM group was not as lucky. We got as far as the gate and they said the ticketing was not correct so they removed the luggage ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Ancona August 28th 2011

Geo: 43.6158, 13.5189DISASTER AVERTED3 - the one where you don't forfeit your ticketthe boat from greece is due to arrive at 10:30 so you book your train ticketto Florence departing Ancona at 12:30...pleeeeeeenty of time, right? exceptthe boat doesn't dock until 12:35!at the train station I handed over my confirmation "Si, ciao", pointed tothe departure time then to my watch "No"...he hummphs, he looks at me a fewtimes...I smile, while holding my credit card expecting to pay for anotherticket...he prints a ticket departing at 14:10, gives it to me and tells meto go to platform 4...that's it, no payment requiredcelebration time: across the road is a pizza place where I had my firstauthentic italian pizza, Diabla (but it wasn't very spicy) and now I'm travelling north through the italian countryside to Bolognawhere I will cha... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 23rd 2011

Today is my last full day in Urbino. I'm both sad and happy to be leaving for Florence tomorrow. On the one hand, Urbino's beautiful and intimate. I know people here and where everything is. On the other hand, it's small and pretty secluded. Urbino is a town, I'm a city girl. Florence is going to be amazingly big and full, just the way I like it. Also, moving to Florence means I've completed a semester of Italian, survived three weeks in a foreign country without calling my mom too much (every other day isn't that much, right? Kidding.) and only have two and a half more until I'm home. I'll be sad to leave, but happy to be home and then back at 'Nova. Not much has happened since my last post. I studied for ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 20th 2011

Yesterday afternoon most of the group went to this park area and did sporty activities. I'm proud to say that I participated :) I played ultimate frisbee. Yeah, that's right. However, I didn't get the frisbee much, since my aim isn't too great...I did get an interception :) After that a much smaller group of us met up with our Italian friends and BBQ'ed. Italian BBQs consist of grilling sausage and sitting around, not much different an American ones to be honest, with the exception of everyone speaking (or trying to speak) Italian. Today I have a wonderful nap planned and studying since my final is in TWO DAYS!!! It rained a little last night and some this morning and it's MUCH cooler. I can now sleep under my covers :) These next two days (today ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 19th 2011

Yesterday afternoon was so much fun!! Liana (my roommate), Sarah, Lien, Sofia, SJ and I went to the beach in Fano with 3 Italian guys we met during basketball and soccer. I played beach volleyball and succeeded in falling backwards twice in failed attempts to hit the ball. After that we rushed back, ate dinner, did homework then ran to karaoke. So much fun!! At first it was mostly just dancing to older songs (Grease and Cotton-Eyed Joe, and yes, I did the dance) then more current ones came on. Then the mic came out. It was hilarious and painful because no one singing could actually sing. Y'all will be happy to know that I DID NOT sing, at least with a mic. Then blissful sleep :) Today we're going to a park to okay volleyball, ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 14th 2011

I'm a little late on writing this one, but yesterday was just crazy! Not much happened during the actual day, but right around 8, after a disappointing dinner, a group of us went to play soccer with five Italian guys, 3 of which we had played basketball with. It was so much fun! I of course didn't play, but I was dubbed by Lucas, sorta the leader of them all, the coach/cheerleader of all the players. All I really did was take a lot of pictures and laugh at all the shenanigans that were going on on the field. One of the guys was a professional. He's not at the top level (A), but the one below it (B) (I compared it as not MLB but AAA). It was so cool to see him play, and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 12th 2011

Well, I had my mid-terms today, and they weren't too bad. So right now my electricity keeps going on and off without any roommate's currently freaking out about it in the shower. Anywho, we went to Roman ruins this afternoon. I think I can honestly say I have never sweated that much in my life. It was well above 90 (I know y'all Texans don't think that's bad, but just wait) and not a cloud in the sky. Even the Italians were uncomfortable. On top of all that, the ruins weren't very good. Maybe I've been spoiled by the Roman ruins in Rome, but these were just a jumble of rocks (some of which used to make the public bathroom, sadly the only easily identified room) and a Medieval skeleton. There was no shade, the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 11th 2011

There isn't much to talk about today. We have our mid-term tests tomorrow, so nothing was planned for today. Even if I hadn't been studying, I wouldn't have done much because it was oppressively hot everywhere, not just in our rooms like usual. In class we had a scavenger hunt review where we teamed up and Simone would give us a 'city' from our 'itinerary' and on that card would be a conversation to translate, words to spell, nouns to give articles to, verbs to conjugate, etc. My team came in second....out of three. I did go to the supermarket and get pear juice, which is currently in my fridge so that it'll be cold for the morning! And, best part....FROSTIES!! The Italian name for Frosted Flakes is Frosties. Everything's the same, Tony, the taste, the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Marche » Urbino July 11th 2011

We didn't have anything planned for today, so I finally got to sleep in and not set an alarm! Liana and I both decided against going to the beach like we had considered on Friday, instead choosing to stay in Urbino and study (midterms are this Tuesday!!). We walked up to the top of mountain/hill that Urbino's on where the fortress is. There's a huge green space with a couple trees and we sat there for a couple hours enjoying the pleasant breeze and the beautiful view while studying. Not much else happened today, besides a nice walk with a couple friends after dinner to digest a little and work off my second plate of pasta of the day. I've had so much pasta (at least once a day, usually twice....) it can't be healthy. Can't ... read more

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