Four days from now, I will have officially been living in Milano, Italia for 2 months. No, I’m still not fluent.
My last post was 22 days ago.. I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by, and more importantly my lack of time to write! I’ve been insanely busy with traveling, working (that’s right even while I’m abroad I managed to find a job), school, and spending time with my family (yes my family visited!) and spending time with my friends.
Let’s go back track to the beginning of October, post Oktoberfest. School really started picking up and I spent most of my time going to class and sleeping. I got really sick, probably from lack of sleep in Germany, and spent many hours resting and trying to recuperate. Being sick is just a drag, but it was even worse in this amazing city- it felt like such a sin to be laying in bed when there is so much out there to be seen! Needless to say, the rest was helpful because I am finally feeling better.
Just as I was starting to feel better my family came to visit! I didn’t realize I missed them so much until I finally saw them in the airport, and started crying like a giant baby and making a huge scene in the airport! There’s just nothing like hugs and kisses from your parents and sister (except ones from your aunt and Mima– lucky for me, mine will be here in less than two weeks). I met the fam in Milan and we drove to Florence where we stayed in a gorgeous farmhouse on a vineyard. Protip: Airbnb has been the best when traveling. If you want a nice place, and to meet locals, this is the thing to do. We did a quick trip to Pisa and then headed right back to Florence to see the city! In Florence we ended up tagging along with a group of 30 New Yorkers on a private tour of a castle and dinner, followed by a 5 course dinner and wine tasting. We felt so blessed to have happened on this opportunity because we met the most amazing old Italian man named Gino. He was so sweet and full of life, wisdom, and passion. We had some amazing conversations with him, and I think I could have sat and spoken with him for hours on end. He reminded me of my Poppy so much and I am so grateful we met. I will never forget Gino’s words and kind heart. // After Florence, the fam went to Rome and I headed back to Milano to attend classes. After their adventures in Rome, the fam met back with me in Milan where we stayed for a day to explore. We went around the city and explored Piazza del Duomo and the inside and top of the Duomo. It was a great day to relax and explore the city. // Finally, on the last day of their stay in Italia, we took a train to Venice and did loads more exploring. We rode in a Gondola and bought plastic cups of wine to drink every place we could stop– we had a lot of wine and I am not complaining. I think my favorite part of Venice was when we headed back to the train. We got incredibly lost and were too stubborn to take a water taxi back to the train station- oh no, instead we sprinted through the streets of Venice and made it on our train home with two minutes to spare. I guess I can check “Running Through the Streets of Venice” off my bucket list. I don’t think I’ve done so much running in my life, but I also haven’t laughed that hard in a while. You can laugh with your friends and with your peers, but I am convinced that you will never have a laugh like one with your family– maybe it’s just me but I think family just makes everything better.I hadn’t been feeling homesick before they came, and as strange as it sounds, I think I was feeling more homesick when they left. I really miss that bunch and I can’t wait to see them when I return!
Typical Tourist- Holding up the incredibly sturdy leaning tower
Views from our quaint farmhouse
My parents are the greatest- and seriously so adorable
Share a coke with your favorite blogger- somewhere outside of Florence! I swear the bottle says “Blogger”
Duomo di Milano
Views from Duomo di Milano rooftop
The Mendicino clan loves Venezia and we love each other too!
Since the family left, I’ve been trying to explore more of Milano alone. Sometimes it’s nice to just get out there and experience the city with yourself. It’s important to me to be happy and content all by myself. It is my new goal to check out as many art museums as time will allow while I am here!
So I mentioned a job earlier. That’s right folks, this workaholic just couldn’t stand not working. I know, I sound crazy. I found a nice Italian family who wanted an English Mother Tongue nanny to watch their young children for a few hours each week. The kids are adorable and well behaved and don’t speak a lick of English! Just let that sink in. Im babysitting two young children who don’t speak any English, and as much as I like to think I’m fluent, well I’m most certainly not fluent in Italian. There is definitely a language barrier there, but we are figuring it out and its an adventure. And I am all up for new adventures. Plus, a little extra cash at the end of each week doesn’t hurt either.
I can’t believe October is rapidly coming to an end. This weekend is Halloween and I will be in Barcelona, Spain! Woohoo! I still have no idea what to dress up as.. any suggestions?
My apologies for the novelesque (definitely not a word, but you get it) post! There was so much to say and you all deserve all the best details! Keep an eye out for all of the photos from all my adventures on Facebook and Instagram.
Cheers to finding more time to sit down and write blog updates for my loyal readers! Much love. Il bacio.