Travel Diary: Capri

This past weekend, I met up with my friend Victoria from elementary-high school in Capri. We left on Thursday and took the same train to Naples, but it was super crowded, so we weren’t able to sit together. Once we got to Naples, we took the ferry to Capri, which took about an hour. We didn’t get in until late Thursday evening, so we walked around Anacapri, where our hotel was, and found a place to grab dinner, before going back to the hotel to relax a bit.

 

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Sunset night 1

 

Friday morning, we got up and went to the town of Capri to take a boat tour around the island to see the sights. We were supposed to go to the Blue Grotto, but it was a 3-hour wait, so we decided to pass on that! Once we got back to port, we wanted to go to Capri Centro to walk around the shops and grab a bite to eat. Well, we didn’t realize how far and uphill the center was from the port. By the time we got to the top, we were both panting and sweating. Luckily, waiting at the top was a drink stand that had lemon slush with fresh squeezed orange juice – like he squeezed the oranges in front of me directly into the cup. It was literally the BEST thing I have ever had. It was so fresh and much needed after our killer hike. We also later learned there’s a funicular that you can take up, but we rewarded ourselves with yummy food instead! After we had grabbed a bite, we took a cab back to the hotel to change into our swimsuits to go the beach club. The taxis in Capri are so fun – they are all open air, so it’s like one big convertible, which is really nice in the sun! We spent some time soaking up the rays and then headed back to the hotel to change for dinner. We had read on trip advisor about some places and decided to try one that wasn’t too far away. However, when we got there, it was closed… so we got back on our phones to try and find another place to go, but while doing this, the owner came and, in very broken English, told us to come in… so we did! We were the only people there, for a while anyways, but enjoyed it and I think the sweet owner did too! I think we had some of the best food my whole time in Italy there – we had Caprese salad (with tomatoes and basil from the owners garden – she was very proud of that), Gnocchi Sorrento (with potatoes grown in her garden that had natural soil), and a fresh fish of the day. We didn’t realize when we got the fish that it was the whole fish and that we would have to debone it ourselves. Victoria and Iย bothย just stared at each other for a bit, but I told her if she cut off the head, I could do the fish.. and I actually did pretty well for my first time! We finished the night off with a drink at the hotel bar and then passed out.

 

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View from breakfast

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Delicous Lemon Slush and Orange Juice

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From Kindergarten to Capriย 

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The deboned fish.. it was a lot better than it looks

 

Saturday morning we got up early and went to lay by the pool before Victoria had to leave. She was going back a day early, but we forgot to factor in the time of the ferry to get her back, so she left a little earlier than we had anticipated. After she left, I stayed by the pool for a while before cleaning up to grab lunch and shop a little more. After lunch, I went to ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain for beautiful views of the island and the surrounding area. I went back to town to shop a bit before getting dinner and calling it a night.

 

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From the Top of the Chairlift

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Sunday I got up and got ready for the big travel day back to Florence. It was such a fun trip and it was really fun to share it with a friend I’ve known for 16 years! We had a great time and I cannot wait to go back to Capri one day! This week is my last week before finals and I cannot believe that was my last trip before the end of the semester.. it has gone by so quickly!

 

Travel Diary: Geneva

This past weekend I went to Geneva to visit my Aunt and Uncle. What was supposed to be an easy flight out of Florence, direct to Geneva, turned it to a little bit more of a headache? I happened to wake up at 4 am and checked my phone for the time. I noticed that I had a text from a number I didn’t know and read it… It was a message from the airline saying my flight was canceled, and they would be in touch soon with rebooking options. Of course, I freaked out, and because it was 4 am, I couldn’t call to check. Luckily, though, it was only 10 pm at home, so mom was able to help me find a solution. There was another flight on a different airline that was leaving roughly around the time I was supposed to, so I quickly booked that flight and was on my way!

Once I landed, Aunt Lisa and Nate were there to greet me! We drove back to their house and dropped my stuff off and headed out to lunch by the lake! It was a beautiful, sunny day, so we enjoyed yummy bagel sandwiches by the water. We then went back to their house and hung out a bit, and Nate studied, and I worked on papers until Anna and Sam got back from school. We all hung out that evening and had a yummy tapas at their house! Nate, Sam and I then went to the movies to see Batman vs. Superman, while Anna was at another movie with friends. After the movie, we all went back to their house and then Nate, and I went out to the bar down the street to hang for a bit! It was so weird, but it was nice to catch up with him!

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Saturday morning, we all slept in and took a super lazy day. It was cold and rainy out, so Anna and I watched the first two Captain America movies! We literally just lounged all day, which was so nice! I haven’t really had the opportunity to do that while here, or if I have, it wasn’t in a comfy house, so it was nice! That night Nate, Sam and I went to the movies again and saw Captain America 3, which was WAY better than the movie the night before! Anna was at a sleepover, so she didn’t join!

Sunday morning we all got up and went to Escape Geneva, which was so fun! We did the intermediate level, and it was apocalypse themed. We struggled a bit in the beginning, but managed to get out with 2 minutes to spare! We had lunch at a pub across the street and then went back to the house to drop the boys off! Aunt Lisa, Anna and I then headed to Morges for a fashion, food and art festival. Though the weather wasn’t great, it was so fun to see Morges, and it was beautiful. There were some interesting things at the festival, but Anna found some cute jewelry! We then went back to the house and back to studying and lounging! We finished the night off with some yummy Italian food and called it a night!

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Stuck in Escape Geneva

Monday morning I went with Aunt Lisa to drop the kids off at school, before heading to the airport. It was such a fun trip, and I can’t wait to go back in a few weeks since it’ll be my last time at their house in Switzerland! It was a super relaxing weekend with family, and I was sad to see it end!

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How much to the Alps weight? Moun-TONS