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.