So I pretty much suck at being consistent with uploading my photographs and stories. The last one I uploaded was about Montenegro in September. I never uploaded any more photos from my travels nor have I completely edited all of them.
I am great at this.
I decided to finally edit and upload a weekend trip in Italy I had with Krissi!
I have been in Italy for over a month now and have barely talked about it with you all.
Main reason being that I am an au pair and living in a small city so I'm not living the backpacker life with crazy adventures and new photos every day.
Life here is life but oh is it beautiful.
Background: Meet Krissi
Back when, Krissi and I grew up in the same town and for a few years we went to the same high school so we already knew each other. Fast forward to 2016 when she became an au pair in Busto Arsizio in December.
Her host family knew another family who needed an au pair. Like one does, Krissi made a Facebook status asking if anyone was interested.
I was cleaning the house and listening to Kanye as I contemplated, "Hmmmm. Maybe this isn't such a bad idea."
After some decision (or more like indecision on my part) and communication with the family, I said that within 3-4 weeks I would fly to Italy and be an au pair for them.
Not super impulsive, no, but pretty quick and kind of awesome.
.......and thus begins our Verona trip
A few weeks ago, Krissi and I took a day trip to Verona. After an early morning train, an almost missed connection and some cuss words + sprinting, and an interesting walk to our Airbnb, Krissi and I made it to Verona.
Verona, Italy is where Romeo and Giulietta lived and made that one no-big-deal decision to each commit suicide for love. Awwwww adorbs. Juliet is the name most of us know if you didn't catch on.
The city is full of hearts and romantic sentiment. While I'm not typically a romantic and a far fan from Shakespeare's story, unless it involves Leo and Claire, I truly enjoyed the love theme of the city. Not gonna lie. It was pretty cute.
Krissi and I shamelessly visited Giuletta's house and paid a few euros to stand on her balcony.
I say shamelessly because so many bloggers and travelers roll their eyes at this expense.
1. we visited in off season. no line
2. it was fun. it was cool. I recommend it. screw everyone else.
Here are some shots from Giulietta's House:
Sadly, I didn't get enough DSLR photos inside the house but I did take a few videos and if I ever get my life together then maybe I'll actually make a video of scenes from my travels and you'll see the inside.
Krissi and I also wondered around the city and visited the castle - Castelvecchio. It's simple but austere with a beautiful bridge over the river.
I enjoyed the warmth of Verona so much. Orange, yellow, brown, and pink buildings connected the old city like a puzzle and made my eyes very happy. Scroll through these detailed shots of Verona homes and buildings.
We also saw beautiful architecture, Roman ruins, a market, and the famous arena of Verona. The arena was once used for gladiators just like the Colosseum and now it's used for concerts, games, and events!
By sunset, Krissi and I went up the bell tower - Torre dei Lamberti. The views were really great. While the city does not light up at night like other cities (read : NYC and Paris) it has a subtle beauty to it.
The rooftops, warm colors, level height of buildings, and the plaza below made for a the perfect view of this medieval town.
Krissi and I also could see inside apartments (I swear we aren't creepy) and were drooling over the idea of living in these modern interior apartments with balconies over a medieval city.
Enjoy the sequence of sunset to dusk.
& that my friends is my experience in Verona & I would definitely recommend going.