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July 11, 2011

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     We have been having a great time back at Blue Beach Bungalows at Bussana, a small town on the outskirts of San Remo. I am so glad we took time off between camps to rest, recuperate, and have fun. Our roommates, Amy and Evie,  left us yesterday morning for Cinque Terre. I already miss them. They were my roommates during the training portion of our stay threes weeks ago. Probably the coolest girls we met so far. Yesterday, we went to San Remo and ate at Teo's house, which is the Cuban guy we met during our training week. Him and his other Cuban buddies played dominoes with Ray and I hung out with the women. We had a great night. 
     Today we spent the day in San Remo, checked out the casino, then Teo dropped us off at Bussana Vecchia, which is the old city within the city where we are staying. Holy shit it was beautiful. It was on the top of a mountain. The old city is literally made up of castle ruins. So cool! We ate dinner at a little outdoor restaurant overlooking the rest of the city and met a German couple on their honeymoon. They gave us a lift back down, close to our Bungalow, and I got to see "gold baby Jesus." 
    

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June 13, 2011

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     We woke up extremely sick today. Ray had a fever the night before, and I woke up with one. The biggest blisters imaginable lined the heel of my right foot. We  unwillingly packed our bags and trekked over to the train station, bought our tickets and were out of the city by 10:00 am. We tried to find flu medicine but all the pharmacies were closed because of Pentecost and no shops sold medicine. At 10:30 am, we got to the Ventimiglia, Italy stop. I was able to properly buy tickets in my Rosetta Stone Italian, which was pretty awesome! It took us another half hour to get over to the San Remo station, but it felt great to finally be where we needed to be. 
 
     We took a bus to Blue Beach, which is like a low-key hotel on the water. This is where we will be staying for the rest of the week for training purposes. I am bunking with four other girls in this tiny little efficiency apartment. My husband is at the other end of the hall with four guys, I think. This is a very strange experience since I have only ever lived with my family and now my husband. I mentally prepared to be apart from him, but now that it's happening, it sucks. The girls I am bunking with seem very nice, I am glad I didn't get a bunk full of loud, obnoxious people. 

     Tomorrow we begin our training. There are about eighty tutors here, so they split everyone up into two groups. Of course, my husband and I were placed separately, but a really nice guy in my husbands group asked the supervisors if we could switch so my husband and I could be together. 

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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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