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cinque terre

May 27, 2011

Our last two days in Italy were spent in Cinque Terre (English translation: Five Lands), an area on the west coast that is comprised of five little villages. Here we are arriving in Riomaggiore, the town that we chose to stay in.

I loved the whole feel of the village. All the buildings were so colourful and squished together and there were lots of narrow alleyways that linked everything together. Very charming :)

We had been travelling all morning, so we immediately got a pizza to share, and then went down to the water to feast. I’ve never had such an amazing view at a pizza party before:

Then it was time to work off those pizzalicious calories by going for a swim!

Jumping into the ocean after a morning in the sun = so refreshing.

After swimming/tanning, we explored the village for a little bit. It was quite small, so our adventure didn’t last long. But we took a few pictures and then found a cute restaurant to go to for dinner.

Dinner was great (as most of the food on our trip was!) but I have to say that the panna cotta pictured below was INCREDIBLE. Seriously the best I’ve ever had. It was perfectly smoothe and creamy and not too gelatiney and it had just the right amount of sauce… just thinking about it is making my mouth water. :’) <– Tears of happiness right thurr.

Besides swimming in the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea and eating delicious Italian food, Cinque Terre’s main attraction is hiking. The hike through the national park links all five villages together, so on our second day in Riomaggiore, we decided to take on the challenge. Simply put, it was amazing.

The hike ended up taking about 7 hours. It is usually shorter, but because of a landslide and some construction on parts of the path, we had to make a few detours. And our pizza break in Corniglia (the third of the five towns) took up a chunk of that time as well :)

Our final destination, Monterosso, had a beautiful beach! Going for a swim was a perfect way to end the hike.

After about an hour in the water we were all pretty exhausted, so we went back to the hostel – this time by train! Then we celebrated our last night with another delicious meal.

Cinque Terre was definitely my favourite part of the Italy trip! Everything about it was just indescribably awesome. Ahhh, I wanna go back already!

firenze

May 26, 2011

After wandering Pisa for a couple hours, we hopped on the train to Florence and got there in the early evening. We quickly checked into our hostel and then explored the city for a bit.

Here’s a shot of Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famous bridge. There are a ton of little shops situated right on it! Supa cool.

Luckily for us, when we returned to the hostel, there was a free Sangria (apparently they do this every Friday and Saturday)! After a few drinks we headed to a club called “Twice”. It would have been just ok, but they kept playing different Rihanna and Lady Gaga songs, so it was obviously upgraded to AMAZING.

On the way home from da club, we stopped at the SECRET BAKERY! It’s hidden in some back alley and we had to get some locals to direct us to it. It’s really just a normal bakery that sells delicious pastries illegally in the middle of the night (it’s against the law to sell things past a certain hour…) We got croissants and fruit tarts and some other stuff for only 1 euro a piece! Amazing.

Pastries!!!

In line, waiting for their goodies.

The next day was spent walking around the city, seeing some sites and eating a LOT of food! Here we are shopping at a market that was right by our hostel. There was a ton of leather and masks and jewelry, as you can see.

Then it was back to Ponte Vecchio for some daytime photos!

After that, I got a GIGANTIC breakfast gelato :) Half Nutella, half amaretto. MMMM!!! That right there is the look of pure joy.

And then we climbed the Duomo! (Good thing my gelato was so huge, it helped me pass time in the line up)

I didn’t get very good shots of the inside of the dome, but it was beautiful! If you wanna see it – Google dat shit. My pictures definitely don’t do it justice. Anyway, the view of the city from the top of the Duomo was even more breathtaking. Plus the weather was great! It was super sunny and warm. None of us wanted to go back down!

Next, we got some wine and champagne and went to the watch the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. Another great day and an amazing way to end our time in Florence!

Gorgeous!

pisa

May 25, 2011

I am back from Italia with a tan and a few extra pounds… Too much good food there! Anyway, our 5 day trip began in Pisa, where we spent a little over an hour taking touristy photos. Then it was off to Florence for two nights and finally we had two nights in Riomaggiore, a village within Cinque Terre. I’ve got a lot of photos to choose from so expect multiple Italy posts!

Anyway, in Pisa we went to the leaning tower, of course. We tried really hard to think of more creative poses than the typical tower pushing but this is the best that I could come up with:

tasty tower!

After that failure, I decided that sometimes you shouldn’t mess with the classics. So here it is!

can't you tell i've been working out?

art or garbage

May 18, 2011

Sorry I’ve been absent from the blogosphere lately, but there really hasn’t been much going on over here. Parties here and there, school, etc. But on Friday I and some friends will be going to Italy! Pisa – Florence – Cinque Terre. So expect a nice update sometime next week. In other news, I’m the cofounder of yet ANOTHER blog – Art or Garbage? – Rotterdam so check it out!

god bless the koningin!

May 3, 2011

This past Saturday was Queen’s Day (or Koninginnedag), a national Dutch celebration that happens every April 30! It’s a big ol’ b-day party for the queen, a day to wear orange and an excuse to be drunk during the day. Amsterdam is the place to be as there are concerts and other events going on throughout the day. Here’s a little look at how mine went:

We got on the train from Rotterdam to Amsterdam bright and early to avoid the crowds.

Once we got into Amsterdam I went to meet my friends Maddy (and Hanna who’s not pictured)!

On our walk over to the city centre we came across this thing… if you paid a couple of euros you could use a giant slingshot to shoot eggs into this guy’s asshole. I love the Dutch :)

Making our way through the city

Taking a break at Museumplein on top of the IAMSTERDAM letters

Eating Wok to Walk, of course

Relaxing at Vondelpark

Fighting through the sea of orange!

Getting my groove on at Armin van Buuren

:)

Basically, it was the best day. Ever.

she’s not the only one

May 3, 2011

Hanging out on Witte de Withstraat

feyenoord wins!

May 1, 2011

Last week I went to see a football game with some friends! The teams playing were Feyenoord (Rotterdam, wooo!!!) and PSV (Eindhoven, booooo!!!)It was my first ever live football game!!! Admittedly I had no idea what was going on and even cheered for the wrong team a couple times.

But all that matters is that we won!!!

I was very happy to go to a winning game because apparently Feyenoord has been on a long losing streak.

After the game we took a water taxi across the Maas and then got dinner.

We went to the “BEST BALL RESTAURANT IN ROTTERDAM!”

<3 Ballz. Overall it was a great day!

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