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Italy, a retrospective — May 20, 2010

Italy, a retrospective

well, i am just about at the one-year anniversary of when i whisked myself off to Florence, Italy to visit my cousin in her last days of her semester abroad at the TCU Florence Center

and i just realized, i don’t think i blogged about it.
how remiss of me!

i do recall writing a fun post in my hotel room in Rome… but then i got home (after 24-hours of travel!) and got back into the swing of things, and before you know it… the post was long-overdue. so, why not take time today to provide some fun photos and reminisce, one year later?

i say, Brilliant!

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this was taken right as i got to Florence (the first 24-hours of travel). My cousin had already moved out of her flat, so she rented us this cute flat a few blocks away. at this point, she was Skyping with her parents and was giving them a tour of the place.

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right near where we stayed, there were artists that recreated works of art with sidewalk chalk. it would take a day or two to complete each one, and there were typically three reproductions at a time. then they would wash them away and start over.


me and cousin, Steph, in front of the Duomo (i think)

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That Girl… trying to repress the jet lag, and accepting the frizzy hair due to lack of flat iron.

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Lemoncello, of course.

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KT & Steph, waiting at the bus station for cousin Lala to join us… poor thing was stuck in Frankfurt for a bit.

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Shopping while waiting for Lala – this photo was taking for AJ, of course! vroom, vroom

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shopping in the open market. This gentleman was embroidering my mother-in-law’s name on an apron for her birthday gift. he asked me to write down her name so he could get it correct. I wrote, “KAYE” and he said, “Oh, Kah-yay”… close enough.

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Frolicking in the Medici Gardens… NERD ALERT

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Steph and Lala chilling at the top of the Medici Gardens – enjoying the view. we were picking out our future homes.
House Hunters, anyone?

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cousins! (i think at this point, i am saying through my teeth, Lala, if you drop my camera, so help me…!”)

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continued silliness.

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later that night we walked up all those steps to the Michelangelo Monument (we did this every night!) and shared a bottle of wine and watched the sun set… good times!

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then off to the carousel in one of the squares! love these girls!

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our grandfather is Italian, and both if his parents emigrated from the Abruzzo region of Italy to America in the early 1900’s. Our original goal was to spend a day in that region, but there was a recent Earthquake causing travel to that region to be less than desirable.
However, Steph mentioned that there was a “Remigio Street” in Florence, so off we went, camera in hand.
Once there, we found at the end of the street the Saint Remigio Chapel!

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at the end of day three, i said Ciao to my cousins, and headed back to Rome, where i would spend my last night, and then catch my plane home the next day. I grabbed a free tourist map from the hotel lobby and tried to gather any sort of memory of my time in Rome back in the Spring of 2001, while i was studying abroad. My main goal was to find the Trevi Fountain (my most favorite place)…

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Success!!!

it was such a quick trip, but oh-so-fun, and i am so glad i had the opportunity to do it!

now, one year later, life has changed quite a bit, you just might say… one adventure after another!

Let the fun times continue!

Cosa means What?… yes — May 18, 2009

Cosa means What?… yes

this blog could also be titled:

  • how to speed through Italy in four days
  • i’m not jetlagged– what time is it again?
  • give me three hours in ROME and i am a happy donna!

My whirlwind tour of Italy is coming to a close! when i booked this journey, i was too excited to do the math and realize that i would be traveling for 24 hours to get out here, and close to the same for the way home… but, its all been well worth it!

i have to say- i am oh-so-proud of my cousin (cugina?), Stephanie – you can SEE how much she has grown in the past four months of living in Firenze, Italia! (and that’s hard to do, when you are already 6’1”!… okay, you know what i mean by “grown!”!)

Steph was such a good tour guide, and it was so fun to see the city through her eyes and experience! it was also so great to spend time with my other cousin, Angela – Steph’s sister. i loved all the Italian words she taught me too– as you can see in the title. she kept saying, “Cosa?” and finally i asked, “Cosa means, what?” to which she answered, “yes”… and from there we had our own “Who’s on First” for a bit, until she told me that the Itailian word, “Cosa” translates to “What”… ah, gotcha!

i promise to post photos soon – but right now i am sitting in my hotel room in ROMA – where they kindly provide a laptop and internet! whoo hoo! i am here alone – as the cousins flew to Greece today for another week of travel. i will head back to The States tomorrow, and continue on with the Fun Times With The Becker’s Madness, that i have truly and completely missed these past few days!

right now, i am chatting with AJ on Facebook (7hr time difference allows for this, of course!) and he’s telling me how THOR misses me and is pretty dispondent… Lucy, on the other hand, doesn’t even notice i am gone. ha!

anyway- back to ROMA! i arrived around 5pm, and got settled – thanks to Steph, she helped me find a hotel that is literally across the street from the train station – so that is perfecto! when i got here, they said i had one of the biggest rooms– i would hate to see a small room… i am picturing a twin bed and walls… but, this room is great- and yea for the private bathroom and INTERNET! whoo!!!

so then i headed out- i grabbed the gratis map that mostly advertises the local bar crawls- would be a blast, if i had more time – but my goal was to make it to the Trevi Fountain!!! my most favorite place on earth! it has been eight years since i have been here- and it was fun to try and dust off my photographic memory a bit!

i set off– and had to find my bearings, but also try to LOOK like i knew what i was doing! walked a TON and fast– sorry tootsies– and found myself getting closer and closer to what i remember to be the Emmanuel Monument (Brooke, i took a picture for you!) which i remembered to be very near the Forum ruins and also the Coliseum. SCORE.

i took photos, and decided, that’s all i really had time for today– i wanted to get through as much as possible before night-fall — because, i am alone in Rome — and i am a paranoid DORK! but, it was awesome.
so after i snapped a good shot of the Coliseum and didn’t see Russel Crowe anywhere in site, i turned on my heel and headed back toward what i thought was the direction to the Trevi Fountain… i found some American-ish looking people and followed them for a bit, and, though they thought i was stalking them, i think, they actually brought me right to the Trevi Fountain!

i could tell, once i saw all the vendors selling useless crap and Americanized pizza and ice cream.

i grabbed a slice of pizza and found a seat. i sat there for about an hour- heaven. then i walked over to what i remembered to be my favorite gellateria in Roma – and, was instead greeted by a not so nice dude serving the gelato… however, the nutella and tiramisu concoction was to die for, so i left a happy donna! and, i was able to figure out the way home effortlessly– yippee for me!

it was about 8pm and i just wasn’t ready to call it a night, so i walked around the Termini Train Station for about an hour – going through the shops and enjoying life!

now, i am going to try and fall asleep – and TRY to wake up to my 6am alarm… on to another day of travel!

YEA FOR EXPERIENCING THE WORLD! YEA FOR GOING HOME TO MY PUPPIES AND LOVE!

Ciao, Bella!

FOUND: In Lincoln, Nebraska — March 19, 2009