06.09.2012 - 16.09.2012 30 °C
Hi ya! I have been too busy enjoying my travels and tackling all my daily challenges that I have given up my blog. The last two weeks have been really overwhelming...Florence, Siena, Pisa, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Dubrovnik, Zagreb. So many things happened I have no idea where to start...but let me try
Florence: my favorite city of Italy by far. Even though I ALMOST got ripped off paying 8 euros for a scope of gelato. An amazing city in every way, it is impossible not to get inspired in such a cultured atmosphere. The architecture, the renaissance art, the stories of the greatest artists on earth, the music (it sounded better even they played just Beauty and the Beast...and they really liked Disney music), the food, oh my god THE FOOD (I will get back to this later), the kind and passionate people, especially guys ^o^, the countryside scenery, the food, oh wait I said that already, the gelato...everything was perfect.
But the one thing that made my stay super awesome was the hostel and other travellers I've met. I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with all these different people, but in order to do that I really have to brush up my geography and common knowledge...or else i would ask another guy from Armenia "is that an african country?"" no, it's North of Iran", "so are you muslim?"(someone should have popped up and slapped my head), but it was so much fun understanding how people live in the other side of the world (for example, I didn't know that Isareli party hard in Tel Aviv). It felt magical when someone else with a completely different culture, speaks a completely different language has gone through some similar mental or emotional states and that they understood what I have been going through at this point in time. The connection was amazing. As Paulo Coelho says in the Alchemist, the Soul of The World allows us to understand anything on the face of the earth, because it is the language with which all things communicated. Having said that, we all speak English
(I haven't spoken any Cantonese in three weeks lar! Yau d gwai chu)
Rome: NIGHTMARE. dont get me wrong, I like Rome.
Just didnt have much luck. I got bad bed bugs bites the first night in Rome. The irony was, I was safe from bed bugs first 9 nights staying in hostels, and the first nice newly renovated B&B which cost almost 110 euros a night and I got bitten. A big WTF! (And no one has ever told me Italy has flies?!?! I have never seen Anthony Bourdan dining alfresco and constantly waving his hand at the annoying insects. What can I say, European bugs like me)
Italy totally blew my mind. A huge contrast between the cultured atmosphere in the North and the intensity in the South, I couldnt believe the rubbish-filled city of Naples is actually part of the beautiful Italy, and then you'd find yourself in heaven on the island of Bari just an hour away from Naples. Legendary!
Turn on: Italian food, gelato, system in chaos, nice facial hair of northern Italians
Turn off: bed bugs, rip-off tourist traps
Grazie. Italia.. I will be back.