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I'm unable to find my amazingly awesome mask. :-(

Hopefully it was left at home or something and not missing for good.

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As usual, my hair has curled perfectly and there's no one around to see it. I also have the urge to dress up and go dancing. I don't even enjoy dancing that much.

Unrelated, my closet has been cleaned out the first time in ages. I can actually walk into it now. Not that I use my closet if I can help it. Still, Purple Heart is about to get a shit-ton of new clothing/shoes and one of Mom's co-worker's daughters is getting a REALLY nice dress.

Heading back to Brooklyn in 4 days. Senior year...you will probably kill me slowly with stress. How exciting!
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It's occurred to me that I'm going to be camping for the next four days. I don't even like camping. Hopefully the sleeping on the ground in tents part will not suck. The music and friends should make up for it. Folk Fest has always been a good time. And if I'm desperate for my bed, I can always get a lift with the 'rents home and back since my volunteer hours aren't until later in the day. See? Bright sides. In the mean time, I should sleep since we're leaving earlier than I usually wake up.
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[livejournal.com profile] ohniki and I are looking at places to buy server space to host our websites (that will exist sometime in the future). Anyone have suggestions?? Thanks!
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Quizzo tonight. Won a free t-shirt because I yelled out that the real name of the Taco Bell dog was Gidget...before he even finished the question. Because I'm that awesome. We didn't win but we had a great time. Got to see Avi, a friend I haven't seen in ages and we are totally hanging out at Fest next week. SO EXCITED!

Friday night is Project Philly and then Cara and I run over to Paul and Storm/Arrogant Worms and pray we didn't miss too much. We're probably going to be noticeably late, though, so I wouldn't be surprised if we get called out on it. Mum and Dad will be there early so we will definitely have seats.

During the day Mum and I will go shopping so I can get more pants. Italy destroyed my favorite jeans. :-( Must replace them!

ETA: When waiting for Chris to finish up work, Nonee, Jess and I saw this guy walk out of the restaurant and I immediately said, "dude has Edward Cullen hair". Then he turned and we saw his face looked very Elijah Wood-esque. This guy is what would result if Robert Pattinson and Elijah Wood had a baby.
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Karaoke night was amazing!!! Sang Stop with the girls and then did Nickel Creek on my lonesome (first time singing solo). It was a lot lower than I anticipated (song: This Side) and I totally fucked up the first part. Tricia was amazing doing Etta James' At Last and Sully was fabulous when singing Miley. They had Ani DiFranco, too! One song, anyway. I signed up to do Jimmy Olsen Blues but we never got to it. Alas, we're going to do it again Saturday so it's all good.

Tomorrow, well today, I'm hanging out with Anna whom I have not seen in ages. So excited! I should go to bed but I'm not quite tired yet.

Fabulous night. Am somewhat inebriated (funnily enough, Tricia and I discussed large vocabulary words and their definitions when outside after the bar closed and she was totally wasted but still managed to tell me the French route of "defenestrate" and we reminisced about 8th grade English. Best class ever.)
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Is it bad that I totally called Obama replying to that woman's question about the new health care plan killing us all with his fabulous dry wit? Specifically saying that we don't have enough man power to go to each American citizen and ask them how they would like to die. Though that would provide jobs for the currently unemployed...Just an idea.

P.S. You chose Bud Light? Really, Obama? REALLY? Not because it's a "foreign" beer (it may have been purchased by a foreign company but it has maintained it's American identity of being watered down)...because it's a shitty beer.


"Cupcake Reach-around"? I love you Stephen Colbert (and writing team). That and "Jeremeh" made me laugh like crazy.

Tucker Carlson looked a lot like Gollum in that photo.


Unrelated, I'm going to DC for the weekend to hang with my big brother. Maybe we'll get a chance to go for drinks at the White House. If so, I'm asking for liquor.
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Wanna see something I got in Venice?!! OF COURSE YOU DO!

PRETTY )
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Been home for about two days now and it feels like I haven't even left. This is like when I did my first solo trip to the UK for three weeks. I came back and things were just so normal that it's like it never happened. But it did and I was gone six months this time, not three weeks. And I got a chance to hang out with some people last night and it was wonderful. Everyone is growing up and taking the GRE...it's weird.

Speaking of being more grown up, I've been looking at internships. Thinking about applying for some that don't really have to do with my degree but would give me a chance to learn more about the entertainment business from a different angle. Don't know if I can offer the hours they're asking for but I'm tempted to apply anyway. I mean, worst case I just don't get it, right? I've no idea what I want to do with my degree, I just need some idea of what I can do. There is also an internship for Cupcakes Take the Cake that I totally want to apply for even if you don't get credit/money/whatever. They do, however, give you free cupcakes.

Dun wanna grow up...
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Hung out in London with [livejournal.com profile] nibbes and [livejournal.com profile] klo_the_hobbit (at least when Klo wasn't working) and had a blast! Nicole and I saw HBP and wandered around the city. V. fun! Also got to see my Auntie and Uncle before heading to Canada to stay at their house (while they went off to Spain).

Got picked up at the Toronto airport by other Auntie and Gramma. We stopped by to get cousin Joanne and the four of us went to get food. Later Jo and I went to see The Proposal and hung out. Twas very nice. Next day the grandkids (so Jo, Daniel, Ricky and me--Kev was at a wedding) went to lunch with Gramma. After that I called up [livejournal.com profile] melisus and we met up. We proceeded to walk all around Toronto, passed something being filmed and eventually made it to the Hard Rock Cafe. We talked about all things nerdy and awesome and came up with a brilliant bakery idea. I had a wonderful tome, Melis! We will definitely do it again (and if in NYC I will take you to my favorite food places because that's the kind of tour guide I am :D ). Got back and had tea with Jo and played with the doggies before bed (love the doggies!).

Today Gramma got me for the airport and I sat next to a nice guy who teaches history in Philly. Was going to wait for the parents to arrive but their plane was delayed so I got myself a cab and am now finally home, showered and relaxing.

Only thing that could make this perfect is if there were some freakin' food in this house. SHOPPING!

Overall I had a good time these six months. It's had it's ups and downs, of course, mainly when it came to NABA but it was worth it. I met great people (whom I hope to keep in touch with) and I'm pretty sure I got more outgoing. Did things I probably would not usually do (like going clubbing until 5 AM) so yay! So, worth it!
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I think I'm going to save my stories from Family Vacation™ for multiple photo-posts. That way you can SEE what the hell I'm on about instead of just reading it...

Yesterday I arrived in London and promptly made my way to Cambridge where I met up with Aurore. Aurore and I became friends through Fallen, whom I met at the Scuola Leonardo in Milan. I met her when she visited Fallen (they were friends from Australia and have known each other for ages) and we got along famously. Aurore briefly stayed on my floor before heading to London to get a job. She currently lives outside of Cambridge with a family friend and seems to be having a wonderful time.

On the train to Cambridge I met a wonderful girl whom I believe is named Lara. We found that we had Italy in common--she had lived there at one time and while we both enjoyed the country we could not stay there forever. As she put it, the disorganization would drive her insane. That and the misogyny. She's from Ireland but also lived in England so her accent was kind of a mix of these three countries (Italy, Ireland and England). We talked about almost everything during the train ride, sadly cut off when a man sat next to her and we both had a mutual understanding that it would be rude to speak over him. She had lived in Cambridge when studying and was heading back to visit a friend. It was sort of like a homecoming to her. I hope to she emails me. I put her address in my bag somewhere but I'm not quite sure where right now...Anyway, one thing I'm really enjoying about traveling is meeting so many different people and getting potential pen pals and connections.

Lovely person that she is, Aurore met me at Cambridge so I wouldn't have to guess how to get to her place and most likely get horribly lost. We were going to hit up a pub for dinner but Helen, her roomie, put on some food instead and we went out to pick up some more alcohol. Helen has done everything. This woman has led an extremely interesting and entertaining life and is still exploring different things to do. I love it! She told us stories from her days working in film and that time she dated some famous guy's body double, the hiijinks they got into on set (also gossip--totally called the bj thing, by the way), explained very generally astrology to me and the Hindu calendar. Seriously, she, Matt (her friend), Aurore and I chatted for hours. When Matt left we put "Galaxy Quest" in because Aurore had not seen it. Love that movie. Helen headed up to bed and Aurore and I kept chatting for a bit, opting to sleep in late the next day and see how the flow took us.

Today we headed out to Cambridge and generally explored. She showed me the canal, the punters, a man singing in a rubbish bin (I have some video and photos) and introduced me to the brilliant creation that is the cookie-cupcake. I had never actually seen one but had heard of them. Pretty much the best thing ever. We walked through a fair that Cambridge has every year mostly to help parents keep their kids occupied during the summer. Wanna know what we saw there??? THE TARDIS! And Daleks!! And an Ood. K9 was there, too! MANY photos were taken.

We went through this tent thing and saw a woman selling cupcakes. She mentioned having issues with designing her site so I told her I knew how to do web design and she asked for my email. I have her card so Aurore and I can send her photos we took of her cupcakes, as well. Very nice woman. Apparently the US has much more in terms of cake decoration and for much less money than England. She and I fangirled over the blog Cupcakes Take The Cake and I told her about one of my favorite blogs, Bakerella. I do believe I've made a new friend.

I headed to London in the early evening and Kevin, the cousin I'm staying with, is awesome and picked me up at a tube station. I have since met his girlfriend, Jo, who is very nice and sweet, and gone to dinner. Now I'm enjoying some wifi.

Tomorrow I will hopefully meet up with [livejournal.com profile] klothehobbit and [livejournal.com profile] nibbes! OMG EXCITEMENT! And then I get to hang with [livejournal.com profile] melisus in Toronto? SO COOL! I love our SBMB community.
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Day after I last posted, met up with Nonee again. Ran into her friend on way back to flat and proceeded to chill with them until they headed back to Sienna.

Currently in Rome. Been here about three days (if you include arrival date). Flat is great except for lack of wifi, hence crappy internet cafe update. They don't even let you use your own laptops here.

Anyway, yesterday we did a walking tour of the city, today we did a walking tour of the Forum, Colloseum and brief stint at the Palpatine hills. Then lunch break and then tour of the Vatican. Very good guides. More detailed updates later.

Tomorrow: shopping.
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This won't be nearly as exciting for non highschool friends.

GUESS WHO I RAN INTO AT THE MARKET IN FLORENCE?!!!! NONEE!!!!!

And then we hugged and I joined her and her friends until 3, when we had reserved tickets to see the Uffizi. She leaves tomorrow to go back to her dig near Sienna but it was amazingly fantastic to see her!! She gave me a brief summary of what's been going on back home and we are definitely hanging out once she's back.

OMGAWESOME.
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In Florence but spent most of day in car, then a bit in Faenza, then back in car in order to return to Florence. Family vacations...what can I say. Cannot wait to get home, almost six months away is too long (when in a country you aren't in love with, anyway).

Rome on the 6th, Venice the 10th and London the 11th (YAY! Hopefully cousin will let me crash on his couch gratis, hostel is more than I anticipated but it is wonderful). People in London, email me your numbers so I can contact you--internet is not consistent at the moment (since every place that SAYS they have wifi here doesn't actually HAVE wifi...they have the router and the modem but there is always some technical difficulty that means we have to use internet cafes rather than just chill in the otherwise sweet place we are staying at whilst using said wifi). Canada on 18th, home on the 20th. Oh, I cannot wait to be home.

We're thinking of doing a sort of 'Adri is finally home and it's about damn time too' party.
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Family is already driving me a little crazy at times but we had a nice evening hanging out at my apartment (because it is WAY better than the one they've rented). Bri was going to stay over but they left so late that he's opted to just stay with the 'rents. Tomorrow we're heading to Lake Maggiore. We were supposed to go to Lake Garda and visit my friend Fallen but it's going to rain heavily there, which is not so fun. Sadly, the family will miss out on the awesomeness that is giant lemons...oh, and a castle. Bri and I are hoping to convince Dad to hop over to Switzerland for dinner since it's so close. Seriously, it's like twenty minutes away from Maggiore.

Sunday we're going to hit up the antique market on my street (and I will get more photos for my steampunk obsessed friends because I am an enabler) and hopefully get to the science museum. Then Monday I say goodbye to my amazing apartment and Milano. I'm ready to leave Milan...the apartment, not so much. I love it to the point where I would take it with me if it were physically possible. To make up for this, I plan to steal the mini-Spiderman figure that hangs out in the bathroom ([livejournal.com profile] ohniki knows what I'm talking about).

In other unrelated news, I had a weird dream that I was heading home. )

Okay, so I have a shitton of photos to put on my computer and eventually post. In a bit, I will get them up on facebook. I haven't been good about facebook photo albums since South Africa...lots to catch up on.
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Had sudden urge to clean up LJ tags when I should probably be sleeping (it's 4:30 AM here). Tomorrow I ought to begin packing but I may just go for a walk instead. Having the entire apartment to myself might be kind of liberating but it's also strangely disconcerting. Not that I haven't been home alone before, I do it all the time...I'm just used to having roommates. Bright side, if I were so inclined, I could totally walk around the place nekkid. Sadly, I'm no exhibitionist. I'll settle for playing my music loudly and singing along without the fear that I'll be overheard. Except by the neighbors because these walls are quite thin. Let's not dwell on that tiny detail.

Oh, I didn't exactly mention the whole "I'm back in Milan" thing. The family arrives on the 25th and I've had a long talk with Dad about how he thinks Italy is crazy expensive (it is) and how he needs to still watch his weight while on vacation (hopefully not to the point where he makes me feel like a fatty for enjoying my goddamned pasta). I wonder what it's like living with him now that he's on this health kick. While I want him to be healthy, he'd better still be slightly squishy because I don't know if I can cope with a non-squishy dad. It would be like calling a muffin a cupcake when it is clearly a muffin (and vice-versa. Dear Scotland, When I ask for a cupcake, do not reply "a muffin?" because that just confuses my poor US born brain. Love, Adri). I don't care if that analogy doesn't make sense to you, it's almost 5 AM here so I don't have to make sense.

Currently unsure of what to do with myself. For the next few days I have absolutely no commitments. No school, no traveling, nada. I know that I should begin the whole packing/cleaning thing but that isn't something I plan to do all day-every day. Hoping to see some friends. Other than that...who knows? It's kind of liberating. Maybe I should go to the park, slowly burn because despite sunscreen I burn easily, like an Irishman.

And now it's time for...
RANDOM OBSERVATION I MADE WHILST TRAVELING:
Germany had the least smelly inhabitants. Paris stank like no other (the metro was hell) and Milan is somewhere between the two. I mean, Berlin is built on a freakin' swamp so obviously the city has its own scent but its people were pretty good when it came to actually using deodorant. Paris and Milan...not so much.
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That's right folks, I am in Paris. It's my...third? Yeah, third day here. I mean, if you count the day I arrived (which was actually in the evening). I have so far done two walking tours, the free one and the Montmatre one, checked out the Louvre (very big, hard to figure out how to get around and apparently you need to PROVE your age when buying a student ticket...I would have gotten in for FREE...or they would have still charged me because despite having an EU student ID my passport is most definitely USA and only EU students are free), the Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame (gotta say, all churches look pretty much the same from the inside), been up to the top of the Eiffel Tower (AT NIGHT), gone to Versailles and went on a tour of the palace, hung out for hours in the gardens and briefly strolled around in the town. And I still have one full day left.
Cut because I'm considerate like that )
Now I'm in the apartment. Got me some take away Chinese that was le suck. Cannot wait to get to London to get some good Chinese take away. I've been craving it for too long. The family is out and it sounds like a club outside. Unless the son is home and I don't realize it...no that music is def. coming from outside. Anyway, no idea what I'll be up to tomorrow but I will be back in Milan on the 20th of June and the family comes on the 25th. Then July 11th I fly into London and stay there until the 18th. Then Canadialand and finally home on July 20th. Honestly, cannot wait. Travel is fun but I really miss my friends...and my bed...and Wawa. Never separate a tri-state area girl from her Wawa hoagies. It is not pretty.

Hope you guys are having a wonderful summer. Tell me, what have you been up to?
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Last few days filled with apartment drama. Sandra seem to always be there when I'm going through some kind of bullshit like that (see: wallet stolen, also initial apartment hunt crap) and is always fabulous and helpful. Allowing me to use her internet and phone to call home was exactly what needed to happen and her family is wonderful for letting me do so. I think I may be going there for dinner tonight and want to bring a gift.

Sandra picked me up at 12 and we drove around Hamburg, her pointing stuff out along the way. We took a boat tour around the harbor, which ended up being in German so she translated briefly. Then we headed to this pig themed restaurant (sadly I don't think I took photos but picture a TGI Fridays and instead of the random stuff they pepper on the walls, picture only pig related stuff). She showed me Reeperbahn during the day and we went back later that night. I have now seen prostitutes, for real. And not just ladies but transvestites, too. And damn do they have good legs. So not fair. Before our night excursions, we went to her friend's house and hung out for a few hours. These guys were really nice and it made me miss my guy friends. There used to be so many around and now they're busy with girlfriends or have moved to New Jersey. I miss my lady friends, obviously, too. :-)

So, back to Reeperbahn. This area is where the clubs are. Not just clubs with drinking and dancing but also sex clubs and sexy dancin' clubs. And everything was so out in the open. The sex shops had all types of toys in the windows as well as photos that I doubt Playboy would show. Families walk by this place but it's so normal to them they don't notice. After being in the Puritanical US I will completely admit surprise when walking by these places and then seeing who else was around. In the US, places like this are hidden behind euphemism and often the most racy thing in the window is lingerie. Cultural differences, eh?

Sandra showed me the main streets before we entered this Irish pub/club. I love this place. There are three floors indoors and two or three different outdoors areas. Mainfloor does live music (the woman who sang last night was quite good), the level below is more party music. The bottom level is mainstream music. We mostly hung out on the main floor at a table near the bar. Lots of singing along and drinking took place. Good times. Her friends were great and talked to me in their limited English (which sounded pretty damn good, actually) and their grasp on the language did tend to slip a bit as they continued drinking.

Today I don't know what we're doing but I hope it doesn't rain. Really should have checked the weather before packing, did not bring the right type of clothing.
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In Berlin, my last full day here. And I was going to do a walking tour of the awesome street art but it's raining like whoa so I opted to go back to the hostel (after spending a few hours walking in the rain anyway, just not on a tour) and change. Am waiting for the only warm sweater/jacket combo I have to dry a bit before round 2. Window shopping it is!

Yesterday was a free walking tour around the city with a very entertaining and informative guide, Natasha, from Scotland (called it as soon as she spoke!). I met a few cool people, a few girls who are here for the same amount of time as me but they are all together. I ended up kind of forcing my company upon a group of people who had met up the previous day but were all traveling alone (Andy, Jen and Ines). It was kind of awkward and I felt sort of bad about ruining their group dynamic. Oh well, it worked out. They left today anyway. And Jen has worked as a PA on pretty much every show I have ever watched. I was picking her brain about the entertainment business because I think I might want to do something in that. But, yknow, sort of related to my major. Or, PR, whichever...let's not think about this now.

We went to what is supposedly the best curry-wurst place in Berlin. It was damn good. Ines had been wanting curry-wurst for maybe two years so this was a realization of that dream. From there we decided to head to the best cake place in Berlin, detouring to the Jewish Museum on the way. Our detour ended up lasting 3 hours but that museum is HUGE and made so you have to go through it a specific way. Then there was cake.

Cake was pretty damn good, though I have had better. Despite our feet being dead from the 3.5 hour walking tour then our own trek to various places, we walked back to the hostel. I was hoping to meet up in the WomBar (Wombat Hostel + Bar = WomBar) but they weren't there when I went up and I was tired so sleep won over socializing.

And now I have opted to chill on the computers briefly (using overpriced internet) so those coats can dry and then more rain walking. In the only long sleeve shirt I brought with so hopefully that will be better.

Tomorrow I head to Hamburg and meet up with Sandra. On the 15th I'm off to Paris and will be staying with Mum's friend and his family. Then back to Milan. When I get back to Italy, it will be only one month until I am finally back home.

P.S. Canadian friends! It's official, I'm heading home via Toronto. [livejournal.com profile] melisus, Star Trek, y/y?
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Last day of school. Made out with mostly three Bs (two of these grades came from teachers who barely looked at my work, which annoys me greatly), two As (photo and lettering) and one E. That last one is in art history where I completely failed the test. Let's keep in mind that I was taking it in a different language and hadn't studied the right material because I couldn't find the books (it is my fault that I didn't try the library but I'm pretty sure you can't actually take books OUT of it, just look at them on campus). I did study. I wrote a seven pages of notes and images. I just didn't look at the right stuff. Of course, the test was not what I was expecting either so I guess it's a mix of me not understanding when he told me what the test would be like and not going over the right information. But it's done and I need to stop dwelling. That, however, is hard because an E is essentially failing but with effort. So I tried but still did a shit job. If we had had a paper, I would have fucking aced that class (or at least gotten a B and I would have written it in English). So yeah, that whole dwelling thing...gotta get on not doing that.

In happy news, I am going to Madde's place tonight and we are going to play mini golf! It should be fun. I haven't played mini golf in ages. Mini golf and friends! Best way to end a school year.

More happy news, I leave for Berlin on Tuesday! Three days later, I head to Hamburg and on the 15th I go to Paris where I'm staying with a family friend. Then back to Milan to begin cleaning my apartment and packing before the family comes/I move out.

July 12th I'm going to London before heading home. Haven't booked a ticket home yet because I'm not sure if I want to go home on the 20th or a few days earlier. Thing is, in London I have friends and family and I adore the city. I could very well spend 8 days there and be happy. But I also want to get back Stateside soon. I'll figure that stuff out when I'm back from my trip.

Now, to eat lunch. I skipped dinner last night (unintentionally) because I was working on lettering. Almost finished season 10 of SG-1 whilst doing so (let's keep in mind I started watching middle of season 8 when I began working on this hardcore a few weeks ago).

And how are you all doing? I want stories!

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