Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I'm going to let the photos do the heavy lifting here because I'm still left a little speechless that we even got to see Pompeii and I don't think I'm fully equipped to write about it for fear that I won't do it justice. (That and I completely blanked on whether it was Pompei (modern city) or Pompeii (the ruins) and Google had to save me and now I'm just sitting here hoping that my AP Latin teacher doesn't read my blog.)
Pompeii is about half the distance away from Naples city center than Sorrento was, so after getting a tiny chocolate muffin to go with a tiny espresso (which changed my life, even the train station food is good in Italy), we set out for a much less harrowing journey to get our day started. A few things about visiting the ruins:
+ Skip most (or all) of the vendors that seem to swarm the second that you get off of the train. You can buy multi- or single-site tickets at the entrance to the ruins starting at 11€.
+ We ended up opting out of the audio guides which I regretted a little. I thought that I would be mostly OK but it would have been nice to get some commentary as we roamed around the site.
+ We did both listen to Rick Steve's audio guide for Pompeii which was fun and interesting, if a little short.
+ The site is HUGE. Bring water. And snacks. (Though, the pizza in the cafeteria on site is heaven.)
(Excuse the wrinkles. Our journey was shorter but I vaulted over about three grandmas* on the train to get a seat anyway and this was my punishment.)
I'll have more photos from our visit tomorrow. And, given a little more sleep and a lot more coffee, actual commentary! ;)
*No grandmas were hurt in the creation of this post.
Monday, October 20, 2014
We're back! From both trips (one that I was aware of, one that I was not)! It's pretty brutal trying to ease back into normal life after living in fantasy land for a week, but I'll do my best. Let's start with a travel post!
We had a very long day of travel on Monday, so we pretty much just got ourselves to the hotel, poured ourselves into bed, and ordered room service on the first night. On Tuesday, I had my first sleep in in what felt like YEARS, opened up some birthday cards, and then we set out for an adventure! Our hotel was really close to the central station, so we hopped on a train and made the (long, hot, sticky, kind of harrowing) journey to Sorrento!
Sorrento has been a playground for the rich and famous for basically ever, but as we are neither rich nor famous, we decided to see the area via one of my favorite methods: A big red bus! These tours are almost always worth it (one quite literally saved my toes from freezing off in Berlin) but this one was a tiny bit underwhelming. I'm glad we did it as we likely wouldn't have gotten to see so much of the gorgeous Sorrrento coast otherwise, but we couldn't actually hop off unless we wanted to stay put for two hours (it's generally much less than that, giving you enough time to grab a coffee or snack, snap a few photos, and hop on the next bus) and we were on the second to last bus of the day anyway, so lest we got ourselves stranded, we stayed put.
But, look at the views. Pretty fab, right?
After our tour, we made our way to the city center for food, toasts, and gelato.
And I made this face, repeatedly, at the idea of getting another year older:
*Don't forget to RSVP for Fall in Love with Fall!
Friday, October 17, 2014
This will be a short This & That because I've been informed by Ryan that there's a birthday surprise in store for me today! I've been told to pack a going out outfit, my camera, and toiletries, so, I'm stoked!
+ Very cool to see some of my photos from the Bristol Comedy Garden featured in D8's (the creative agency behind the identity and roll out) case study on the event!
+ I'm so excited to be hosting an awesome event with Rebecca from Urban Flip Flops! She has more details over on her blog, and if you'd like to attend Fall in Love with Fall you can email me or Rebecca directly to RSVP! I'd love to meet as many of you as possible, and the venue is FANTASTIC! So make sure that you get in touch (as spaces are limited)!
That's really it for self-promotion! ;) I'll be able to share more launches with you next week when I'm back in real life mode!
+ Find Your Beach by Zadie Smith.
+ The forgotten female programmers who created modern tech.
+ Ummm, I'm not over 30 but I'm also like, "Why on earth would anyone care what their friends are paying each other?" ????? Also, I co-sign the heck out of THIS: "This is a particularly American affliction, since other countries’ banks actually have functioning online payment systems." GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER, CHASE.
+ The 11 times that Kanye West actually had a really great point.
+ I am really very tired of people calling Lena Dunham the voice of my generation. But I respect Roxane Gay's opinion on all things so maybe I'll remove Not That Kind of Girl from my Black List*. (*Books that I'm never, ever going to read, no matter how much space they take up in the cultural landscape. See also: Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight, and any future Jack Reacher books.)
+ Speaking of Roxane Gay.
+ "Is it a cover up?"
+ Make shit yourself. Seriously.
+ Let's start talking about our hair!
+ Some great things to add to your weekend to-do list: secure your WP site!
+ Love love love these photos from France.
+ Mo' JOMO.
+ Streamline your process via Breanna Rose.
+ Photographers: When should you raise your prices?
+ I'm dying to see this!
+ Who wants to side eye the hell out of this with me?
+ This is a little cool and a little creepy?
+ Some great thoughts on crowdsourcing design work.
+ Who else is watching AHS: Freak Show? SO GOOD. Here's how all of AHS might be connected.
Okay! I need approximately 9 more coffees and a shower before I'm ready to face the world! Here's my favorite Instagram of the week via @bessieakuba!
That's right sir, pour it on. Danke schön. #Germany #crepes #nom #instagood #amaretto
(And don't forget to RSVP for Fall in Love with Fall! It's after the date on the invite but that's OK!)
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