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June 12, 2011

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June 12, 2011

    Today, we woke up early with no alarm set. It was about 8 a.m. We got dressed and walked down to the train station to check it out. The walk was a little easier today since we weren't as tired as last evening. We took a map this time, which was good because this place is ridiculously confusing. The weather was great, it was warm with a cold ocean breeze. 

     Our first stop was the Russian Orthodox Church, it was a beautiful structure, I wish I could have taken pictures but we weren't allowed. Next door there was a little pastry shop, so we bought breakfast and walked down the street eating our yummy formage turnover.

  We searched for another touristy point on our map but never found it. We kept ending up in these little alleyways with dead ends. Plus, it was all uphill so I was exhausted. We had walked miles and miles in just one morning. We jumped in another tram, illegally again, but as we got on it, there was an announcement on the loudspeaker saying that the tram was out of order. So, we decided to walk. I am so glad that we walked because we got lost in the streets of Nice and ended up finding an outdoor fresh market that hosted vendors with an array of fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, flowers, herbs, and homemade soaps. We bought a handful of very large cherries and were happily satisfied. We also found the most beautiful church I have ever seen. It was a hidden gem, with the most beautiful structures and paintings I have ever seen. (I was able to take pictures there, so they will be up soon.)

      We also went to the city's Contemporary Art museum and saw some great  pieces and some not so great pieces. We did go up some 6 stories of the museum and took pictures of the view. 

    We roamed the streets, and ended up at the same restaurant where we had a glass of wine at the night before. We had peeked at the tables around us and had seen pure deliciousness, so we thought we would treat ourselves! So glad we did! Ray had a steak and I had a seafood linguine. Talk about fresh! After the restaurant, we walked very slowly and jumped on a tram back to the hotel, where we showered and I am currently writing this from and where Ray is taking a nice, long nap. I also wanted to add that I hand-washed our dirty clothes and have them hanging on the windowsill. Very French of us, huh. :)

. I also wanted to add that I hand-washed our dirty clothes and have them hanging on the windowsill. Very French of us, huh. :)

Tomorrow, we catch a train to Sanremo, Italy. 

  • ****Note: Ray will be posting up his experiences too. Stay tuned! 

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One day left in Miami, then off on our adventure!!

(Status: Pre-Trip)

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I finished packing today, though the backpack itself was storing a plethora of gear, mostly from the past few weeks of me hording and collecting things I thought would be useful. We leave on Friday morning, and I have a feeling the next two nights are going to be rough. It's 12:30 am right now and I am still bushy tailed and wide-eyed wired from packing and picking up the house. Leaving my house and my pets is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. My mom is taking care of everything for me, but I still worry.

I'm just glad I am going on this adventure with my husband. I cannot imagine being so far away from him for two months.

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The Itinerary (for the most part)

(Pre-Trip)

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20 more days!!!

We will be leaving on June 10, 2011 and have lay-overs in New York, Brussels, and then land in Nice, France. It will be a 13 hour flight. We will be staying in Nice, France for 2 days, then take a train to Sanremo, Italy on the 13th. We still don't know exactly what cities the summer camps where we will be working at will be, but I know that the camps are in or very near the main Italian cities (Milano, Florence, Rome, ect..). From July 30 until August 8th we will be situated in two hotels in Rome, and will plan to visit neighboring cities. Two whole months in a different country. Does 2 months count as living somewhere else? I want to be one of those cool people that go around telling others how they lived abroad and ate amazing food and drank amazing wine.

I've tried my best to organize. I even got a ipod touch app called TripIt that itemizes all of the flights and hotel stays. Technology these days, I tell yah. ;D

If anyone out there has any suggestions of places to visit around the large cities, please let me know! Any information would be helpful!!

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The backpacks!!

(Pre-trip)

So, I was really happy when I found an awesome backpacking backpack at Goodwill for $6.00. I was ready for anything the world threw at me 'cause I hads me the coolest backpack! ......Yeah, it was all fine and dandy until we filled it, measured it, and found that it was too big to be a carry-on. Poop.

So, the search was still on for a backpack that could fit the bill. We looked through backpacking forums to see what others were using.

We found this awesome backpack (pictured below) on sale on eBags.com. My husband bought two of them and the packing cubes, too! The backpack is called the Mother Lode TLS Weekender Convertible.

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Please feel free to leave any advice, comments, or whatever! :) Thanks for reading!

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Pre-Trip Status: Sleepless in Miami

(Pre-Trip)

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We leave to Italy on June 10th, and I am already losing sleep. I am excited and nervous at the same time because this is my first time out of the United States. I have no idea what to expect. As much as friends and family have told me what’s it’s like over there, I know that experiencing it for oneself is the only real way of knowing what’s out there. I’ve searched website after website, sponging up as much information as I can from things like backpacking to crime to tourist traps.

I’ve slept about 3 hours every night since we got our plane tickets (about a week ago). I guess that would be enough sleep for an average Jane, but working with seventeen 5-year-old’s with only a few hours of rest could take a toll on a person!

If you have any advice or comments on traveling out of the country, please feel free to post!!

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