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22 October 2008 @ 04:09 am
memories from the past 10 blurry days  
10 days is way too long to be traveling. I don't think I really slept very much. None of this was helped by a falling out I had with my best friend the night before leaving, but now back on campus, and looking at my photos, I can't believe 10 days have gone by, so forgive me for the bulleted points -- I'll elaborate where asked.

  • Croatia is definitely worth visiting. Greece can be difficult to get to, and Croatia, yes, can be a bitch to get out of, but I enjoyed Split and Dubrovnik much more than I thought I would.
  • The Kuna, Croatian currency, was 5:1 to the dollar, an awesome rate. I ate well, and drank well, for 5 days, on about 100 euros.
  • Most pizza in Italy is awesome. Everywhere.
  • When in Roman, go to the Galleria Borghese. Stare at the fresco in the main room. It is not as large as the Sistene Chapel but is way more impressive if you ask me. Also in the gallery: Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian
  • Venice is really crowded during the day, even in October. St. Mark's is much more pleasant after dark, with gelato, listening to classical groups have a virtual "battle of the bands" with one another.
  • You will get lost in Venice. If you are not comfortable with constantly looking at a map/constantly not knowing where you are this is not the city for you.
  • If you do Rome and Venice go to St. Peter's Bascilica and skip St. Mark's.
  • Gondola rides are 100-120 euros. The Vaparetto (water bus) runs on the honor system. Tickets for that, however, are about 16 euros and you get to see just as much of Venice as a Gondola would show you.
  • Seeing your parents eliminates homesickness. I would have liked to see them the second break so it was home stretch from now on but I'm feeling much better now, and it was great to see them (even if we all weren't in LOVE LOVE with Rome or Venice, they however loved Florence as did everyone at the castle who went).
  • RyanAir is rarely competent or on time. It's cheap, because they have constant advertising and raffles and drinks to try and sell you. Plug in your ipod and go to sleep.
  • A taxi from Dusseldorf (Weeze) airport to the castle is about 35 euros, and takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Pick-pocketing is alive and well in Rome. As is road rage.

    That's all I can muster right now. I have work to do, schoolwork to do, and midterms next week. On the bright side I'm taking the next two weekends off to recuperate -- so I'll be going to local Dutch cities (town of Arcen, Eindhoven, Rotterdam) on day trips! Til then!