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Last week and a half of school. SO eager to get out of Milan. Booked my ticket for Berlin and am currently looking for a hostel (Twitter is awesome because some random cheap hostel place @replied me offering help). The plan is as follows:
-Head to Berlin for three days (maybe head to Weimar and visit Ma'ayan if time allows).
-On the 12th, catch the train to Hamburg and visit Sandra/explore the city for about three days.
-On the 15th or 16th, head over to Paris to stay with Mum's friend Pierre and sons. Stay for four days.
-If prices allow, maybe hit up Madrid/Salamanca on the way back to Milan to visit Carter. So far this part of my trip is a no-go as it's too much money to spend for only three days.
-Alternatively, head back to Milan and then directly to Rome to visit Nadine for a few days (two or three) and then head back to Milan.
-Be back by 23rd at the latest because I need to pack up the apartment and then get the keys to the place the family is staying in.

Before all that, however, I must finish my projects for the semester. So far most of them are at that point where I need to get just a few more things done. The project that's killing me is Lettering. He wanted us to design two typefaces, one serif and one sans. Done that bit. We needed to do it by hand and making it fucking perfect, mine is...less than perfect. But I'll fix part of that tomorrow. Then we need to scan the letters and vector them (almost done serif). Then we need to design three posters for various museums in Milan. Thing is, I haven't been to any of these museums (though I will definitely go to the da Vinci one with my brothers and maybe the natural history if we have time) and I don't know anything about them. I have vague ideas of which face I want to use on each poster and took notes on what they're known for so that's a start...but I have no idea what image I would use in the background or what colors. I need to start at least 2/3 tomorrow. Then I need to finish my books for photography so they can be printed, along with my work for art and copy (Speaking of, OMG their aesthetic can be so freakin' annoying!). Wow, this is turning into a to-do list (and I have about five of those already).

Other than work, I have actually had some fun. I went to Lake Garda last week to visit Fallen since she's working as an au pair stuff near there. It's a gorgeous area and we went swimming in the lake. Did I mention this was near a freakin' castle? It totally was. Anywhoodle, I got horribly sunburnt because Mother Nature thinks I'm part Irish. And I applied sunscreen. Twice. (The sunscreen song went through my head the entire day..."Ladies and Gentlemen of the Class of '97, Wear Sunscreen").

This coming Saturday we're having a dinner party at my place because Sandra, one of the girls I hung out with my second week here, is coming to visit! It should be fun. So lots to do so I can justify not having Saturday as a work day.

Date: 2009-05-28 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gaaah, this sounds like crazy fun/work/awesomesauce! I want pictures soon, missy >:3

Date: 2009-05-28 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When I've got the time, promise.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
P.S. Didn't mention all project here. I might actually have done more than I think I have! Need to get my to-do lists organized.

Date: 2009-05-28 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, friend-hopping. How cute. You are getting a lot more out of your trip than I did.

Did you look at the museums' websites? That should give you a pretty good idea of what their branding is like.

Lastly, castles are lame.

Date: 2009-05-28 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yup, hence note-taking.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hah! That same travel thing on twitter responded to me about my non-recommendation to you.

Date: 2009-05-28 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I saw! I wonder what they do all day, look at the public timeline hoping to see someone mention travel? Or do they have a program that only pulls up the relevant tweets?

The travel4cheap twitter dude never answered my question but then another mentioned they knew hostels in Paris (mentioned that, I think...) but I've gots me a place to stay there for free. :-D

Date: 2009-05-29 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Will get down to replying to your e-mail, soon! I think saying that will force me to do so even sooner!

Question - how much are train tickets for Berlin-Hamburg? I totally scrapped my idea of going to Hamburg these hols as there aren't any direct flights and the rest are so expensive!

Date: 2009-05-29 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think about 30 Euro. I'm not so thrilled at the price but I've been told I can't miss Hamburg. Hostels don't look especially great but I'm looking for the most decent one in the best location for the least money. Or I will be once I get to that part of planning my trip.

Date: 2009-05-29 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Was that a return ticket? Hmmmm
Quite annoying, I was looking up flights last night to Berlin and even then that would blow a 100pound hole in my pocket!! Think maybe cause I've left it till too late. And Swiss air's not doing its promotions anymore rom here to Basi :(

Btw, the one thing I wanted to answer most in your e-mail was my location. So I'll tell you that here: I'm in Manchester, UK. Well, around here till the 9th of July. Leaving on the 10th iA. x

Date: 2009-05-29 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Erm, I think it was one way. I won't get to England until the 12th. :( Alas, another time!


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