Il Vino è Vita

^ Wine is life ^

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I have once again fallen behind on blogging. This time, though, I have some pretty good excuses. The Sunday before midterms week, which was about 2 weeks ago, my laptop decided to stop working. I just got it back today, but not having my laptop for two weeks while abroad (or at home, really) was really stressful. Last week was spring break, though, so I can’t complain.

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Before my laptop crashed and my world crashed with it (just kidding) I went on a Tuscan adventure to Pisa, Florence, and a vineyard in Sienna. The whole weekend was pretty awesome.

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It was a school organized trip, which meant that I didn’t have to plan anything. Although I like planning trips, I much prefer to have someone else do the organizing, booking, and not have to worry about the small details of whether the hotel will be nice, how to get from one place to another, things like that.

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Pisa was our first stop, and like I have been told, it was a little underwhelming. The tower was pretty cool to see in person though. You have no idea how much it leans until you are standing in front of it and realize that it is basically at a 45 degree angle. You can really see how the builders tried to fix it as they went up.

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The town of Pisa is really small, and besides the tower there isn’t that much else to see. We walked all around, and at the recommendation of our tour guide went to this awesome pizza place. I unfortunately did not get the name, as I was too engrossed in my calzone to think about anything else. It was an incredible calzone.

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That night we stayed in a hotel, and while the food that the hotel served us sucked was free, we spent the night talking and dancing with some Napoleon old ladies and drinking wine. It was so freeing to just dance and laugh and not worry about what other people thought.

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We spend so much of our lives concerned with other peoples opinions that we don’t get to enjoy the moments and lives we are given. These women showed us that we don’t make memories by sitting around and waiting for moments to come to us, that we must stand up, dance, and create our own moments.

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We spent the next day wandering around Florence, which was accompanied by me exclaiming ‘I think I remember this! Or maybe it was something else that kinda seemed like this…’ We went to the San Lorenzo leather market, and I bought an incredible red leather jacket from a very cute charismatic Italian.

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We climbed to the top of the duomo, which was beautiful, but my favorite part of the day was the lunch.

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Once again at the recommendation of the tour guide we found this great restaurant, and I had the pear and ricotta ravioli. I don’t think I have ever seen pear and ricotta ravioli on a menu before, and might not have gotten it if our tour guide hadn’t mentioned that it had blown her mind. It blew my mind too. I still dream of that meal.

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Our final day was spent at a vineyard in Sienna, where we made pasta and tasted wine. If you know me outside this blog, you know that I have an immense love of wine. It is one of my favorite things, and to get to learn about the process, see where the grapes are picked, and be taught how to properly drink wine was an incredible experience.

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The vineyard was called Donatella Cinelli Colombini, and is owned and worked on entirely by women. We tasted an awesome Chianti Superiore, and an incredible Brunello di Montalcino. I was in wine heaven.

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We were then served an incredible 5 course lunch consisting of meat and cheese plates, bread and bruschetta, pasta with meat sauce, chicken and veggies, and a apricot tart. All of this was served with lots and lots and lots of wine.

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Overall, the weekend was pretty amazing, and I am looking forward to the next school-organized trip, which will be to Pompeii, Capri, and Mt. Vesuvius in April.

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Next post will be about my spring break, consisting of Venice, Riomaggiore (one of the towns of Cinque Terre), and Greece!

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