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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 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. [ profile] melisus, Star Trek, y/y?
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Went to a club with friends on Friday night (Fallen, Nadine, Raef and Manuela, the last three all know German so at times Fallen and I had NO idea what was being talked about, it was more amusing than annoying). We arrived too early so we had a drink at one of the few cafes nearby. At the club there were A LOT of men. Some quite pretty. Some making out with each other. Turns out we arrived on gay night, for lack of a better name. Of course, realizing that we were not surrounded by the pervy Italian guys who apparently will grind with unsuspecting girls I felt much more comfortable about dancing, something I rarely do. But damn, was it fun! Lots of boy love and Britney Spears (with some Justin and Beyonce thrown in for good measure). Was thrilled when the two songs I wanted to hear were played (I blame [ profile] crudelydrawn for my Lady Gaga love). Even slightly inebriated, I couldn't help but appreciate the comedic value of hundreds of gay men singing along to Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" (not to be confused with Jill Sobule's "I Kissed A Girl", a superior song in my opinion but not nearly as danceable). Fallen made a friend with one Italian dude who kept finding us to dance with our group throughout the night. We didn't put our stuff in the coat room so we settled with putting it on the floor and dancing around it, so we made more friends that way when making sure no one tripped over it. One guy pinched my cheek in that "well, aren't you JUST PRECIOUS!" sort of way.

We danced from 11:30 until the club closed at 4:30 AM. We walked to the Duomo, hoping to find some food place along the way. Alas, it was not meant to be (we found sammich trucks but they were busy and we were impatient). Raef, usually quite quiet, is LOUD when he's had a bit to drink. Also, I'm pretty sure I'm the first Jew he's ever seen/hung out with. We sat down outisde the McDonald's and discussed what we'd do since nothing was open, it was 5 AM and we were hungry. The homeless guy sleeping in the flowers across the way began yelling at us in Italian because were were being too loud. Anyway, Raef and Manuela were close to their respective homes so they walked home while Fallen, Nadine and I sat outside the McDonald's. Apparently it doesn't open until 9 AM? That's just wrong. We wanted our freakin' Egg McMuffins!

Whilst debating over what to do, two guys walked by and motioned for us to share a cab with them. I know, not the smartest idea but there were three of us, two of them and they looked harmless. And they were. But they did try to get us to go back to their apartment and "smoke a joint" and "play Guitar Hero". I admit, I really did want to play Guitar Hero but not with them and there was no way in hell we were going to their apartment. After a few more minutes of trying to convince us they gave up, the cab driver even chipped in and told them they should leave us in the taxi. He was awesome, by the way. We joked with our driver friend on the way back to Fallen's place and told him stories of our night at the club and laughed at the men we'd just dropped off. After arriving at Fallen's door, we opted to head to our apartments. Nadine didn't live too far away and could walk and the bus I needed was running at this point.

I got back to my room about 6 AM and went to bed shortly after. I ended up sleeping most of the day away. We had discussed going to another club on Sat. night but I never got a message telling me a meeting place or time so I assume either it didn't happen or it did but I didn't get the message. Oh well, I was tired and I don't mind alone time.

Today involved waking up much earlier than Saturday and heading to the shops (praying they were open, surprisingly a bunch of clothing stores were) because I'm in desperate need of new pants. Gotta love H&M. I know, I'm in Italy and should be checking out their stores for clothes but the places I looked were WAY overpriced for what I wanted. I'll save that kind of shopping for later.

So back to class Monday (which is technically now but whatevs). I'm not sure if this week is normal because there's a design fair thinger and I THINK we might not have class? I'm going to ask tomorrow (today?). I hate how uncertain I am about scheduling at this place! Which reminds me, I need to do that OIA forum post thing...but not now.
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Yesterday was one of those days that made me sort of believe in fate.

On the way to UPenn, Bri and I ran into a guy I'd known from elementary school. Specifically, I knew his brother. There was brief chatting involved. Then we got to Penn. Class was canceled but I was already in the city. Italian was at 2PM so I had a few hours to kill. I ended up going back to the Hillel to hang around the office and maybe help out (they are very nice to let me do so). Instead Joan, the boss, told me to just chill and let me steal one of the computers. Read a bit and did some homework and decided to tell the older brother that I'd seen his sibling, thus letting him know that I was in the area. One of the beautiful things about facebook is that people who are bored tend to go onto it and then answer you quickly. Jeremy, the friend, got back to me right away and invited me to his Frat's barbecue since I was in the area.

Then we have an Italian interlude. The class was fine. Teacher looked at my sketchbook 'cause I was working in it before we started and was very supportive. She later had me draw a body on the white board so we could do the parts of the body. She's so cute. I may in fact be learning, too!

Back at UPenn, one of the girls there gave me directions to the frat house. I guess I heard them wrong or something because I ended up walking WAY too far. I spent some time in the bookstore, milling around and wondering if my phone's battery would die on me. Eventually I left and kept on walking. While I was pretty sure I wasn't going the right way there was still uncertainty and I figured I'd turn back once I hit 30th st (the girl had told me it was before that I look back, she may have said 38th). On my way I considered calling one of my high school friends who I knew was working in the area. The next thing I knew that exact person called my name.

Anna was walking with her friend Alan towards me. It was amazing to see her!! I told her what I was looking for and she laughed, telling me I was definitely past the house and that she ends up there all the time for some reason. I began to walk with them. Her friend left us to go to his apartment and we decided to chill somewhere before heading over to the frat together. We had bubble tea (something we'd been planning on for a while and never actually got around to doing) and talked about pretty much everything. Apparently I haven't changed. Neither has she. It's hard to describe just how fantastic it was to see her.

Eventually we made it to the frat to see Jeremy. I got the tour and met some of his brothers. The barbecue was a bust but we had fun standing around the vestibule and chatting. Apparently there's some juggling thing going on at Penn on Mondays and there will be an improv group sometime in July (or so his brother heard). I'm very interested. I want to do that more--just enjoying people's company without need for some other stimulation (like movies or television). That's my idea of a good time. And if exploring the city happens, I'm up for that. One of the reasons I didn't mind missing the house is that I got to see more of that area. Also, had I actually found the house right away, I wouldn't have gone into the bookstore for about half an hour and then I wouldn't have run into Anna. In the end, it really worked out for the best. I would LOVE to do it all again.


Jun. 1st, 2008 08:19 pm
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Possible Spoilers for Silence in the Library. What am I saying? Definite spoilers for Silence in the Library )

Went to NJ to see Amanda yesterday. We went to see Miss Gay NJ 2008 and the person we were rooting for ended up winning! YAY! He totally worked the dress during the evening gown section and was the most original when it came to talents. It was a LONG show but entertaining. The theatre was gorgeous. Sadly, I don't think they had the staff who work at the theatre regularly there because whomever was on lighting really didn't understand that there's a reason there are lights pointing at the stage. When people moved towards the audience on the stage, they stepped into shadows. They really needed spotlights on and better sound equipment. Maybe next year. But those are my pet peeves after doing high school theatre.

It was very nice to hang out with Amanda. We went to a very nice Italian place for dinner before the show and then her mom's friend drove us around Asbury Park and told us about how it used to be and what significant buildings were. He also took us into a really cute town that had these beautiful Victorian houses. I really should have brought my camera along. :-( Anyway, next time you should come to me. We'll do South Street and maybe even go into Amish country?

Starting Italian tomorrow. So my schedule as of now is class from 10:40 AM to 12:15 PM at UPenn Monday through Thursday, Italian 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays and work at the cricket club Tuesdays and Thursdays and one day a weekend from about 5 PM to 9/9:30 PM. Here's hoping it isn't too much.
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The toilet in my dorm/suite is broken. At the moment I've been going to the one on the first floor that's public because I can't exactly knock on a friend's door at random hours to use theirs. Maybe they'll actually fix it tomorrow 'cause they sure as hell didn't do it today. Lovely.

Tonight will involve hanging out with [ profile] moojoe and having an adventure in the city. I'm quite excited! We're going to start at Grand Central Station and possibly make our way into SoHo. If so, it's rice pudding time!

Tomorrow there's a pillow fight in Union Square that I want to check out. I have to do chores around there anyway so I may as well go, right? Yeah, thought so. Plus, it's a giant pillow fight! A few people I know are going to be there and I haven't seen them in ages. Here's hoping I find 'em in the crowd. :-)

As of now, my phone is working...sort of. It told me that a friend was calling me when it was my Dad so I was very confused. I haven't turned it off since I got it to go on and don't plan on doing so. Tomorrow the plan is to go to a Verizon store and get them to transfer my contacts to their computer before they attempt to turn the phone off and on again. That way I won't lose everything if it doesn't work again. Maybe they can do the same for my pictures...doubtful. How does a person get cellphone pictures on their computer? Do I have to pay? I think I do. But how much?

Adventure in two/two and a half hours!


Feb. 21st, 2006 08:00 pm
arielarena: (Just shoot by guinevere33)
Yesterday, I had an adventure. I drove to Newark train station with my Mum and we took the train into Manhattan. Now, my mother and I do this quite often, but not always to such a degree. We decide what we think would be fun to do and then do it if we have the time. Yesterday was one of those days when we had the time and the desire to go for it. So we went to New York for tea.

When I told this tale to Arlo he couldn't understand why we would go so far for a simple cup of tea. But this was no ordinary tea house. This was Alice's Tea Cup, one of the coolest tea houses ever! It has an Alice in Wonderland theme and serves tiny sandwiches, scones and various cakes and cookies. And after hours of driving and only having a small breakfast, we were famished. So after meeting up with mum's friend there, we ordered the Jabberwocky (unlimited sammiches!).

I must say, I'm glad we did it. While I could have slept in a whole lot and watched movies all day this was a much more fun way to spend my time. Even though people think it's stupid to hang out with their parents I'll admit that I enjoy it sometimes. Mum and I go on fun trips. Sometimes they're planned out (like London) and sometimes they're spur of the moment. In the end all that matters is that they're fun. So yes, it was a nice vacation. Although I do think I would have enjoyed getting more, what can ya do?

On a separate note, I am still in need of a prom dress...and possibly a date. I think I may have a backup date now. That part can be worked out later.


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