Friday, May 21, 2010

Italia, I Love You

Italia, Italia,

Well, everyone, we are finally in Italy. We have settled down in a little town between Milan and Venice called Verona, and seriously, I am already in love. It is interesting just how different the feeling of this town is from that in Istanbul. Don't get me wrong, I loved Istanbul, but Italy is just utterly relaxing and wonderful in seemingly every way.

The last few days we have all just been settling into life here in Verona. Karli, Sarah and I are living in a lovely little apartment - complete with a terrace and huge windows so that we can have the breeze come through the apartment all the time. Wonderful. The apartments are actually pretty nice, which is good since we will be here for a full month. We stocked up on a few basics in the kitchen today. Since we are here for a majority of the time, we will be cooking most of our own food....or at least that is the idea, haha. So, with the help of Martin (our Group Leader in Verona) we familiarized ourselves with the neighborhood supermarkets. If we stick to this plan (that of actually cooking for ourselves) staying on a budget is going to be easy. Everything is really inexpensive, some things moreso than others. For example, a bottle of wine...0.59 Euros at the least and only about 6 Euros for the pricier ones. Wine is cheaper than Coke, go figure, haha.

The funny thing is that I feel like I have been here so much longer than I really have. Everyone is so very nice. I love all of the people in my little group so far. There are so many funny stories - too many to tell. We spent a lot of today trying to nail down travel plans. This was much, much more time consuming and difficult than we thought it was going to be. But....after three and a half hours in the computer lab....Kristy and I emerged victorious with hostels booked and train routes in mind for Cinque Terre, Italy next weekend. In the process, of course, we totally forgot about planning Venice for this Sunday. Go figure.

Jumping back to Verona, the city is awesome. We have been wandering around the city taking in the architecture and lifestyle of the area. All of the buildings are lovely and it feels like every alley is hiding some kind of secret that is just waiting to be discovered. There is bound to be a cool bar or pizza place or more church spires around each turn. We've been looking at Frescas and sipping wine spritzers, trying to pick up Italian and loving the pizza. I can't wait to discover more about the city and have more funny and wonderful times with my new group of friends.

Italia - I think I'm in love with you, haha.


  1. Well, at least you said, "trying to pick up Italian," and not "trying to pick up Italian men."

    Verona. Setting for Romeo and Juliet.

    I think it's also in the title of song by The Knack.

    No, wait, that's "My Sharonna."

    Never mind.

  2. "Two households, both alike in dignity,
    In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
    From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
    Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean."

    I hope you are having the time of your life, Emily. Photos? Where are the photos? It's rather difficult for us to live vicariously through your blog if you don't provide photos!

  3. yay!! I'm so glad you love Italy and are having a good time with your few friends and roommates!!! dont fall too in live with the city and forget about our love :( I missed taking pictures with you on my beach trip. courtney and I even did a message in a bottle!

  4. I am excited you love Verona too! but what is not to love? I look forward to reading more about your trip! Migross is a good supermarket, but making the trip downtown to the larger store is worth it. Don't miss out on the bakery down the a road from Migross (its amazing!) or Renon, the gelato shop across the river. Can't wait to hear more!

  5. Ralph and I just went to see "Letters to Juliet" last night, it's filmed in Verona. The scenery is beautiful - so glad you are having a wonderful time!