Roman Holiday, Part 2

My final day in the Eternal City had a distinctive feel from the first two days.  Instead of frenetically trying to see all I could, I was frustratedly looking for one place I couldn't seem to find. The day began rather slowly as I packed my backpack and checked out of the hotel.  The bag itself wouldn't have been heavy if not for my 50-pound computer.  Having that with me the entire day really put a damper on my overall enjoyment of my last day in Rome.  To be completely candid, I wanted Read more ...
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Roman Holiday, Part 1

Roma, or Rome; the capital of Italy.  Downtown isn't particularly large, especially considering how large some other cities are, but there is certainly is a lot to do.  Since my weekends are free, I decided to spend one of them in Rome.  What a great decision!  The city is filled with culturally significant art, historic landmarks, and delicious food. I took the train from Padova to Rome in about three hours.  It was pretty expensive (75 euros, one-way), but the train was by far the most Read more ...
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Eating in northeastern Italy, and some particularly special meals

Food in Italy is delicious.  I don't think you need me to tell you that. As an American and coming from a background where food was important but always eaten quickly and early, I've had to adjust my relationship with food.  Now, this hasn't been difficult by any means; it's just a question of slowing down.  Oh, and changing my meal times drastically. I can only speak about the experiences I've had here in the northwest of Italy and with this particular family, so I imagine others have had Read more ...
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Wandering around downtown Padova

Wow, it has been far too long since I've posted.  Especially since a lot has been going on! The family that I am au pairing for live permanently in Padova (also known as Padua to us English speakers/readers), Italy.  Padova is the capital of the province of Padua, is primarily an industrial region, and is home to the renowned University of Padova (where Galileo once lectured).  The population is a little over 200,000 people, and, when walking around downtown, it seems like a lot of them Read more ...
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The Beach at Lido

Twice last week, we've traveled to Lido to go to the beach.  Lido is a Venetian island located south east of the main island group.  Getting there and back was definitely an experience as I'm not used to the Italian way of behaving on crowded public transportation.  People are smushed in like sardines (Have you seen videos of people getting pushed into crowded Tokyo trains?  I felt like that.), and they don't say "Mi scusi" at all, even when they force their way past you.  Oh well, I'll either Read more ...
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A few things to do around Venice, my first days here

Ciao!  It's been almost a week since I arrived in Venice, so I should probably update you on what I've been doing.  As I mentioned in my last post that I haven't taken many pictures since arriving here (and this will soon be remediated), so please bear with me.  The past few days have been...  Well, they've been the perfect pace.  A little of this, a little of that, and plenty of time to relax. I mentioned on Tuesday that I did a tiny bit of exploring on my own, and Wednesday included more Read more ...
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