Less than 30 days…

I know a lot of you are probably frustrated I keep posting less and less but I keep getting busier as my clock ticks down. I officially have 29 days and I haven’t even hit my 9 month mark quite yet… It’s terrifying and bizarre thinking that this is all going to end so soon.

So a month ago I was on the most incredible trip. I went to Italy for 10 days. Let me tell you, I love Belgium, I do, but I am fully intoxicatingly in LOVE with Italia. I hate to pick out a favorite country in Europe, but Italy would be it if I had to. We started down in Rome for the first two days… That city is unlike any other. I was able to drink from all these fountains on the street, some running from ancient aquaducts. I even drank from a fountain in the Vatican…beats tap water any day. Sadly, the Trevi Fountain was under renovation, but they constructed a bridge we were able to walk on and get super close to the fountain itself, something you could never do normally. Despite it being empty, they had a pool of water where you were still able to toss in coins so  tossed in a penny and a centime. The Colosseum is absolutely incredible too… When you see reconstructed pictures of what it looked like back in the day you can’t believe it. And finding out the whole thing was only held together by giant lead nails makes you honestly question how the hell it’s still standing like it is today after 2000+ years. Then we headed toward Castellemare di Stabia and the coast, stopping to see the Palace of Castello on the way there. The next day we visited Sorrento (known for it’s limoncello), Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. In Amalfi I was able to dip my feet in the Tiberian Sea. That was some of the most beautiful water. Day 5 was lots of boat rides because we visited the island of Capri. We received a complete boat tour around it, then headed up to Anacapri and I took the char lift to the top and it was just the most amazing views from there, exactly like being on the top of the world. The next day we left but stopped and saw Pompeii first. I never imagined when I first knew I was doing exchange that I would get to see such an amazing historical site. You expect it to be just massive ruins and dark and dirty with those famous casts of victims, but it’s so much the opposite. I was shocked to see how in tact and we preserved everything is there. Mt. Vesuvius is still pretty intimidating, but it lost over half of it’s height in the eruption, and it still has the potential to erupt today. Pompeii at one point was a port city, but due to the eruption, the ash and debris formed land and pushed the sea back quite a distance. We also visited Pisa and Florence (or Firenze in Italian). Florence is beautiful with all it’s elaborate architecture, and Pisa, well…it’s pretty much just the Leaning Tower (which sadly is not as impressive in real life). And to end the trip, we visited the islands of Burano and Murano (like the glass) and Venice. What’s really unique about Venice is that it’s built on hundreds on little connected islands, but some of it isn’t, like the main basilica we visited, it’s built on poles. It was so stunning to see all the marble and gold mosaic frescos. And the floor…being that it’s built on poles and not solid ground, the floor shifts and looks like the water. In other words, it’s a wavy floor, not flat. And of course, I got a mask. It’s so beautiful. And that was pretty much a quick summary of my Italy trip. Oh and yes, the food was out of this world amazing. I did eat pizza and pasta every day. Along with gelato a few, okay maybe like 5 times… I could be content living in the south of Italy…which is why I decided I probably will end up living there at some point in my life. And I learned a few words in Italian! It was just an absolutely brilliant trip!

1st day in Rome right down the street at a castle from the Vatican

1st day in Rome right down the street at a castle from the Vatican

Pisa

Pisa

French-Swiss border

French-Swiss border

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Trevi fountain

Trevi fountain

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Colosseum

Colosseum

Fountain in the Vatican

Fountain in the Vatican

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

She-wolf with Romulus and Remus

She-wolf with Romulus and Remus

Hot Roman waiters

Hot Roman waiters

Palace of Castello

Palace of Castello

Interior of Castello

Interior of Castello

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

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Ristorante Aurora - I had to

Ristorante Aurora – I had to

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Somewhere in between Sorrento and Positano

Somewhere in between Sorrento and Positano

Coast line

Coast line

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Amalfi

Amalfi

In the Tiberian Sea

In the Tiberian Sea

Or course I had to model...haha

Or course I had to model…haha

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Capri

Capri

Red coral

Red coral

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Elephant arch

Elephant arch

Green grotto

Green grotto

Anacapri

Anacapri

Blue grotto

Blue grotto

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Map of Capri

Map of Capri

Telesiege selfie

Telesiege selfie

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Even from the top of Anacapri I could see through to the sea bed

Even from the top of Anacapri I could see through to the sea bed

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Postcard shot

Postcard shot

Pompeii

Pompeii

Amphitheater

Amphitheater

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Plaster victim casts- some of these are so amazingly preserved you can make out facial features and clothes

Plaster victim casts- some of these are so amazingly preserved you can make out facial features and clothes

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Snack bar

Snack bar

Shrine to familial ancestors

Shrine to familial ancestors

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All original painting

All original painting

Mosaic tile floor

Mosaic tile floor

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Original lead pipe in the wall of the public baths

Original lead pipe in the wall of the public baths

And even a brothel

And even a brothel

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Main forum

Main forum

View of the volcano from the city center

View of the volcano from the city center

Famous dog

Famous dog

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Yep, that is his actual skull, you can also see his fingers and toes.

Yep, that is his actual skull, you can also see his fingers and toes.

Florence (Firenze)

Florence (Firenze)

Gallileo and Michelangelo are buried here... no big deal

Gallileo and Michelangelo are buried here… no big deal

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Pisa

Pisa

I am Captain America

I am Captain America

Well I tried

Well I tried

USA, Canada, USA

USA, Canada, USA

Murano

Murano

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He made the horse in under 2 minutes

He made the horse in under 2 minutes

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Burano

Burano

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Venezia

Venezia

Essentially the Judgement Bridge (I don't remember the exact name)

Essentially the Judgement Bridge (I don’t remember the exact name)

Palace of the Doge

Palace of the Doge

Gold mosaic fresco

Gold mosaic fresco

Wavy floor basilica

Wavy floor basilica

Just beautiful

Just beautiful

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Masks <3

Masks ❤

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My mask <3 Completely authentic and handmade. I never found another one just like it

My mask

My other mask

My other mask

Colosseum group selfie

Colosseum group selfie

Colosseum selfie

Colosseum selfie

Colosseum group pic

Colosseum group pic

Amalfi- one of my favorite pictures

Amalfi- one of my favorite pictures

Venice

Venice

America!

America!d

Otherwise, since then, I’ve been in school learning and taking tests (and actually doing better than some classmates). I met an illusionist and author named Carlos Vaquera, who is such a cool guy. I also was praised on my French by my school director and French teacher.

On Wednesday, I head over to Germany for 4 1/2 days to visit a really good friend of mine, so I’m beyond excited for that. I haven’t seen him in around ten months. Oh and last weekend a friend from my home district, on exchange in Austria, was in Brussels on his eurotour so I got to go and hang out with him and his friends for the day. And in two weeks, two of my friends on exchange in Denmark will be there so I’m heading up to see them. Plus, Manneken Pis will be dressed up and peeing beer so it’s going to be a spectacular day.

Currently I’m also trying to get some last trips around Belgium in before I leave. I have so much I want to accomplish and not near enough time to do it.

So for now, I’m doing good even though I’m panicking inside. Most likely, I’ll get to see most of you reading this in around a months time. So hold on tight, check out my pictures on facebook and I’ll see you soon.

Gros bisous ;*

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