5/23/15 - 5/23/15
I didn't have wifi, or willpower, to write or upload anything last night which is why I'm putting both of these together!
We started off Friday by visiting the Uffizi Museum and we had different paintings that we had to find, which helped to have stuff to actually look for because otherwise I wouldn't really know what to see! My favorite painting was this one called "Judith slaying Holofernes". Apparently the painter painted herself as Judith and her mentor, who raped her, as Holofernes. So symbolically she was killing the man who hurt her. Pretty powerful stuff.
After that we had free time, so we went to the Market Centrale again for lunch. I got my entire meal for under €4, a pretty big round loaf of bread, a nectarine, a huge red pepper, and strawberries. I barely ate half of it before getting full.
Then the group I was with went to this delightful bakery place! The cannolis and apple pastries were to die for!! I can't wait for France and all the pastries I eat there!!
At that point we were on our way to the countryside! We stopped at these hot springs on the way to the farm house we stayed in that melted away all the pain in my feet from walking or standing most of the day. The farmhouse was so legit!! It overlooked this old medieval town on a hill that had a huge tower at one end of it. The hotel itself was kind of sketch! It wasn't terrible, but I've definitely stayed in nicer.. The lights flickered, we didn't know how to work the heat, and here's the kicker: NO WIFI. "Wifi is like a basic human right" as everyone in our group was saying jokingly, but not really.
Day 6: to Rome!!
I woke up sick this morning... Which sucked because I not only missed breakfast, but I wasn't able to go to these gardens nearby the town that houses these weird statues. I ended up staying on the bus and sleeping for almost two hours. When I woke up I felt much better, but I got worse when we visited the catacombs outside of Rome. For a while I thought I would have to miss the cooking class tonight! Luckily the tour was short, and once I sat down I felt better, and I fell asleep when we got to our hotel (apartment style with a kitchen, dining area, and washer-dryer!) so I was good enough to go.
The cooking class was so much fun! We made bruschetta with different toppings, this special pasta with fresh tomato sauce and basil, chicken with peppers and potato wedges, and finally tiramisu. I'm stuffed. Chef Andrea said he would send us the recipes via email, so I'll be able to make everything when I get home!!
A special shout out to my big bro whose birthday is today!! I was sad I couldn't call to talk to him, but I'm going to get him something special in Rome to make up for that, and missing his graduation from his masters program . I'm so proud that he made it through! He's seriously the best big brother. (And I'm not leaving out my twin, even though he's technically my big brother -by two minutes... And he never lets me live it down-, he's the best twin brother ever!)
I need sleep because tomorrow we're visiting the Vatican!