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Friday, October 24, 2014

Against all odds, I survived the comeback from vacation! Of course, I caught a cold and will likely be crying until the middle of next weeks thanks to a Wednesday night viewing of The Fault in Our Stars, but Friday is here and I'm in one piece so I count that as a win!

I don't have enough links this week to justify breaking them out into categories, but I hope you will like what I put together!

+ The case for drinking as much coffee as you like! Don't mind if I do!
+ Here are some great resources for bloggers!
+ Welcome to the silliest restaurant in London.
+ How to do nothing with nobody all alone by yourself.
+ Noor gives an interesting insight into life as an American living in Saudi Arabia.
+ Freya shares thoughts on having a destination wedding.

That's it! I'll be better next week! I'm headed off to London this evening (no sleep for the wicked!) as I'm hosting a lovely little fall brunch tomorrow with Rebecca!

Here's my favorite Instagram of the week via @2nightowls!

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here is the last batch of Pompeii photos!

I'm already counting the seconds until we can go back!

I'll leave things short and sweet today! Hope that the week is treating you well!

Happy Wednesday!

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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! ;)

Happy Tuesday!

*No grandmas were hurt in the creation of this post.

birthday in sorrento.

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:

Happy Monday!

*Don't forget to RSVP for Fall in Love with Fall!
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