Wanderlust

The wild animal within me is still being called to travel! I’m still living this crazy life. So much has happened since my last post. Here’s an update!

Last Christmas, after my return from traveling through India & Italy, I got engaged to my love & best friend! Next, we got news he was finally accepted into the Peace Corps! (After a long process of applying). I’m so proud and excited for him!

Aside from that, things have been a little rocky, I’ve spent the past few months finding a job and settling into my new my life in Seattle, while balancing visiting him at University when I could.
In June, I was ecstatic to see him graduate and move forward with so many good things ahead of him!

Feeling a little less directed in where I’m going with my life, I am always grateful for all of his support. Even when I don’t know where I’m going yet, or what to do, in time I will get there! Life is a balance of up & downs, gotta love my yoga!

My man recently left for his PC journey on July 4th for 27 months of service!! I have been working full-time at Whole Foods Market now six months, beginning to relax into a routine (I even joined a gym!) although the craving to get out and explore this amazing world is still there! Thankfully I have good reason to travel & visit my fiancé. And we definitely are hoping to share some adventures together. For now it’s just me, living on my own, taking adventures one day at a time. Continuing to learn acceptance for myself as I have been, I am, and I will be.

Weekend in Paris

Saturday:

Early morning

Train to Pisa

Wandered around Pisa & checked out the leaning tower

Took the next train to Pisa Airport

Flew to Paris!

The bus into the city took much longer than planned – Traffic!

We got a taxi to take us to our evening in Paris tour

And I fell in love with all the Christmas lights and sparkling city of Paris

But with the crazy traffic we missed our meeting time for the tour we paid for…

Luckily Tia called & found out the address of the boat dock for our dinner ride

Somehow WE MADE IT before they left!

The taxi driver was sweet enough to walk us (run with us) to the find the right boat!

Once we settled down, appetizers and wine was served and the ride began

We enjoyed a three-course meal as the boat toured Paris on the river.

After the boat ride we jumped on a bus to go see the Eiffel Tower!

We to the second floor and viewed the beautiful city

The tower sparkled

Got back on the bus

Went to the Moulin Rouge

Drank champagne and watched an amazing show, called ‘Feerie’

It was delightful!

After the bus dropped us off right by our hostel

We got our room and fell asleep around 3am!

 

Sunday:

Woke up around 9am

Free breakfast was served at the hostel

Then we ventured out into Paris

Took the metro downtown

Walked from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower, absorbing every beautiful moment

We saw lots of gorgeous buildings and statues including the Opera House and the Louvre.

Even left a lock on one of the lock bridges

After lunch we hopped back on the metro to our hostel

Grabbed our bags and headed to the bus station

Took the bus to the airport and barely made our flight

We arrived safely back in Italy and ended the night with a delicious dinner of spaghetti & ravioli & wine!

 

I love Paris!

I love Italy!

What an eventful weekend!?

 

Today we wandered around Florence once more

Grabbed a cup of espresso and gelato

Now to finish up packing and call a ride to the airport!

What an eventful trip!!?

I am so grateful for every experience, but I am very excited to go home!

 

An Italian Thanksgiving

Yesterday, Tia and I spent most of the day baking a nice sized turkey breast, a small chicken, an apple pie, and sauteed green beans with caramelized onions (the replacement for my green bean casserole). Then we heading to her friend’s thanksgiving dinner party. It was actually pretty wonderful. Everybody brought a different dish; they had a mix of appetizers, stuffing, potatoes, cooked veggies, sushi (yes, sushi), pasta, pumpkin pie, chocolate balls, cheesecake and lots of wine! We all gathered in the quaint and warm apartment covered in cute Christmas lights and decorations, held hands around the huge dinner table and said what we were thankful for and the feast began. Lots of eating, drinking, dancing & talking…it was a good night.

This morning I slept most of the day away. Turkey-coma. When I finally awoke, pizza was for breakfast. The apartment was freezing because the heat was out (no hot water either) but I filled the time with packing, doing some yoga, dancing around until Tia returned home from pastry class. We went out for aperitivo (drinks & all the appetizers you can eat). It was delish and cheap!

Tomorrow we venture to Paris, France!! So it’s time for bed, we leave early to take a train to Pisa and then our flight from there to Paris! Here’s to my last weekend in Europe ~ I’m literally raising my glass of wine ~ until next time ;) Buonanotte!

~A