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How Do You Convince Your Husband To Take You To Florence, Italy? Scotch.

October 18th, 2013 · Italy · By: Casi

Italy seems to be the place everyone and their mom (well my mom for sure) has asked us questions about. Mainly, where should we go in Italy? When? And the biggest question: do you have some special power to convince my significant other to take me there? My special power comes in pictures, just show him/her all these lovely pictures + a glass or 2 (or 3 or 4) of their fave happy beverage + memorize their credit card number and you will be in Italy in no time!

The when is easy, not during summer when it’s balls hot! Preferably, May or September for prime warmness and minimal crowds. The where: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Venice, and I hear Cinque Terre is incredibile. But I never put Florence on that list, and I feel really horrible about that now that I have looked at our pictures from there. Florence was gosh darn impressive! The Duomo, the parks, the food and leather market, and the perfect sunset from the Ponte Vecchio. How could I leave out such a gorgeous city. Bad traveler, bad!

Be sure to show these little beauts to your hubs tonight! Don’t forget the scotch!

Florence, Italy
Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. Il Duomo di Firenze) Our hotel, Hotel Costantini, was right outside of the Duomo so we got to walk past it a lot!

Florence, Italy
Walking up the steps to the top we couldn’t take our eyes off this fresco painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari in 1579.

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? Answer: STAY!!!

October 9th, 2013 · Italy · By: Casi

WARNING: Annoying #travelgirlproblems ahead

One of the hardest things about traveling is deciding how long you should stay at a destination. Everyone has a different opinion about cities, and I can come up with about a million and a half instances on our trip where we stayed too long or not long enough in a location based on advice from friends and family. We tried to combat that by not planning too far ahead so we could leave or stay in a city as long (or short) as we wanted. That gets a bit tough when you travel to popular (a.k.a. expensive) areas. Hotel and hostel prices are hiked up like crazy and get booked months in advanced.

This happened to us after Rome when we decided last minute to head down to the Amalfi Coast before we moved onto Florence. We originally weren’t going to go to the Amalfi Coast because it was just so gosh darn expensive. But after many aggressive emails and Facebook messages from friends and family who said if we didn’t go they would basically disown us, we decided to squeeze in 1 night there. We found a reasonably “cheap” hotel for $106 and were rewarded with one of the best views in the whole wide world.

Cruising Along the Amalfi Coast, Italy

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6 Months and 12 Books

October 2nd, 2013 · RTW Trippin' · By: Casi

When you travel whether it be on a quick flight up the coast, a few hours across the country, 14 hours across the world, over night on a train, or a day trip on a boat (please insert “I’m on a boat” song here), you have a lot of time to read…. A LOT…sometimes it feels like endless amounts of time. When you travel in South East Asia you also get to read during this time…

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

…and it makes up for all those times you attempted to pass the hours in the back of a buss by reading, but instead passed the time with your head under your sweatshirt trying not to vomit. YaY!

In other words, in 6 months time, I had tons of reading time. So I thought I’d share with you the books I read, 12 books to be exact. I can’t tell if I should pat myself on the back for reading so much, or take some speed reading classes because 2 books a month is something my 6 year old little cousin could do in her sleep.

***Side note: I just joined GoodReads and of course I started stalking all my friends lists of books they have read, and I’m wondering if it’s possible to get a job where all I do is read all day because I now have an endless amount of books to read. I need to step up my game.***

Don’t worry, NO spoilers ahead, just my overall thoughts about the books….read away!

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I started this one in April when we were in Boracay, Philippines. I did really like the book and it brought me back to my high school days, but my favorite part of this book was

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How Not To Punch Babies In Vatican City

September 26th, 2013 · Italy · By: Casi

Greg is very proud of his “illegal” photo he got in the Sistine Chapel!
I pretended like I didn’t know him.

If I can give you one piece of travel advice it would be: Don’t, under any circumstances, even if it’s the only time you can get off work, just say no, and any other WARNING statement you can think of….DO NOT GO TO ITALY IN JULY! Well, at least don’t go to any touristy place in Italy, unless you’re a huge fan of waiting in lines in the hottest heat. July and August (yea, don’t go in August either) is the major summer vacation time for families from all over Europe and the U.S. Which means lots of waiting in long lines behind small children who are just as hot as you are except they get the luxury of whining at the top of their lungs. Actually, I did that a lot too but adult whining isn’t as cute.

If you do end up making this horrible timing mistake (like we did) here are some ways to help you not punch a small child:

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Back In The U.S. of A. & Missing Rome

September 19th, 2013 · Italy, RTW Trippin' · By: Casi

Jet lag my friends, is not my friend. For the past week I have gone from extreme awakeness in the most awkward of hours to the most extreme asleepness in even MORE awkward of moments. Like that time Greg and I took turns kicking each other awake under the table at a bar while we celebrated our friends birthday. Yea, it was 10:30pm. In New York City. The night had just begun. Kill me.

Or the time I woke up so early I was able to take a jog, shower, cook a full-on breakfast (eggs and bacon, I missed you!), burn all my travel clothes, and go shopping for new ones, all this BEFORE NOON! Now that’s being productive! Don’t worry, I’m over all that being productive stuff now. It kicked in the day after we moved into our new apartment less than a week after arriving back home. Now it’s back to real life, David After Dentist style. And yes, it’s just as trippy! Traffic. People. Responsibilities. Job. Home (we’re only staying in this temp home for 3 months). Car. EVERYTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE!!!! It’s all so much!

When I start to trip out like this I eat peanut butter and remember the good times. The most recent freakout brought me back to daydreaming about Rome. Which just so happens to be where I left off on this here blog. So instead of telling you about how my hair is falling out and how we now have to purchase toilet paper again, lets talk about how pretty Rome is.

Rome, Italy

It’s pretty flippin’ awesome isn’t it…

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