Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

New Years

We went shopping the other day. I got myself a cool European polo shirt. It has to be one of the snobbiest shirts I have ever purchased. I love it.

For new years, Samir and I decided to be the chefs. He cooked lentils and I cooked the traditional Budlong baked ziti dish. I went to the local market to find some ingredients and I must say my Italian was superb. I made an attempt to ask which cheese would work best for the dish and it went something like this: “Scuzzi… Pasta, Pomadoro, Fromaggio…Il Forno.” I then pointed to the cheese and made a shrugging gesture as to indicate I had no idea what I was doing. The lady knew what I was trying to convey and she helped me pick out an excellent cheese.

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Venice

Venice is gorgeous! I think it may be my favorite city in Italy. It’s almost like it’s out of a fairy tale book. The small alleys, the gondola boats, and the beautiful blown glass shops make the city something special. There is really no point in carrying a map around because it will not aid you. The trick is to follow a sign as far as you can and then ask for directions. Some of the signs were so discrete that you needed eyes like a hawk to spot them. Despite the city being a maze, it was overall very quaint and had some tasty cuisine. We found a (literally) hole in the wall pizza place that served slices as big as my head for 2 Euros.

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Buon Natale

Christmas in Italy! I never thought I would be able to say I spent the holidays in another country. The traditions are a little different. My friend Ingrid’s mother cooked us a mix of authentic Italian and Romanian dishes. The food was amazing. When she offers you seconds and you say there is enough on your plate, she will give you double what you want.

Christmas day was one of the first days we got to sleep in, which was quite a treat. I sure needed the break from waking up at the crack of dawn. We had another outstanding lunch and watched movies during the day. For dinner, we made brownies (or should I say Samir and I watched as the girls made brownies) and that was just enough to put ourselves in a food coma.

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Delicious

I have been to many places, but I must say that Italy has some of the best food I have ever tasted. The pizza, the pasta, the gnocchi, and more are delectable. They also have very good sweets. Spain had good ice-cream, but Italy has gelato and excellent chocolate.

The gang went to Milan where we got to see the Duomo. The church’s architecture was gorgeous. We also had the rare opportunity to attend a concert at the famous Skala Concert House. Tickets often go for thousands of euros, but because it is a quiet period and we bought tickets to view the museum, we were able to sit in the booths for a great view. I always enjoy a good orchestra and choir performance. It is a nice taste of music for me while I am away from the jazz band and my saxophone.

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Buongiorno Principessa

We made it to Italy! I left my hostel at 4:00 in the morning and waited at the bus stop for an hour with an array of sketchy individuals. I met Samir at the airport, where he was choosing which items he wanted to throw out from his suitcase. We were flying with Ryan Air, a budget airline which is very finicky about the size and weight allowance of baggage. They have a measure mechanism at the check-in gate and if your bag appears to be too large, they will call you out and make you fit it in. If it fits, you’re fine. If it does not fit, you must pay an extra fee to bring it onboard. Samir had a huge duffel bag and I had a very large backpack. There was a man at the gate scoping out the crowd, so I strategically placed myself out of his sights. From the front, my backpack looks like a normal backpack. However, when I turn sideways, it looks enormous.

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