Day 27 – Old Friends, New Places

Day 27 – Old Friends, New Places

I guess I chose the right summer to go to Europe because — without a whole lot of planning — I’ve been able to meet up with friends a few times. This time I met up with Adler and Anna, two friends from high school. They’d planned three days of museum hoping in...
Day 26 – Rainy Day in Pisa

Day 26 – Rainy Day in Pisa

With a train to catch early tomorrow and most of Pisa’s sites seen, I headed to Lucca, a nearby town with its medieval wall still standing. The town is nice and you can walk along the wall the entire length of the town. I hid under buildings and in cafes during the...
Day 25 – Leaning Tourists in Pisa

Day 25 – Leaning Tourists in Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is really-freaking lean-y. It’s not a slight lean or a gentle angle, it’s all the way over. I got off my train in Pisa in the early afternoon and took the evening to wander around, read a few pages from my book in the shadow of the tower, and...
Day 24 – Pasta in Rome

Day 24 – Pasta in Rome

Rome is an interesting city. It’s bustling and full of traffic and students like many modern cities but the whole city is also a museum. All the buildings are unimaginably ancient and the city is dotted with landmarks like the Colosseum and Pantheon. Seeing history...
Day 23 – Lapping the Vatican

Day 23 – Lapping the Vatican

I walked around an entire country today, — only took about 20 minutes. I hadn’t even realized I had done it until I looked at the map later. The Vatican is a strange place. It’s basically a church, a museum, and a big garden with an apartment for the Pope in it....
Day 22 – Unexpected Connections

Day 22 – Unexpected Connections

Venice has the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world. Don’t worry, I didn’t know that either. It is small and quiet and was largely empty when I visited in early afternoon, before jumping on my train to Rome. Seeing the ghetto confused me, making me feel a whole bunch of...