Before we start you should know 2 important things. 1) This is the current dance anthem of our apartment. Especially now that 2) tomorrow is the 150th anniversary of Italian unification is TOMORROW, we feel that this is a song with international flair, and its just catchy. Besides, who doesnt love shakira. enjoy :)
Also, tomorrow, Thursday, is a big day for Italy. Like i mentioned before, its the 150 anniversary of unification. aka its kind of like independence day here. It is a brand new holiday, the government announced it like a month ago, if even, and its craziness. There are so many events!!! Tonight at 1030 we are going to Piazza Signore for some flag raising ceremony, followed by fireworks, and a historical parade! VIVA L'ITALIA!! The Ponte Vecchio is lit up to look like the Italian flag - green, white and red. The Pitti Palace is lit up white. Its awesome. There are Italian flags hanging all over the streets. We even bought one and its hanging in our apartment. So presh. So since tomorrow is the start of spring break and this holiday... we are celebrating with our own theme day party - Guidas and Grappas (the italian version of TCU's senioritas and margaritas hahaha). And its St. Patty's day tomrrow, so it should be a good time!! then Friday we leave for spring break - island hopping in Greece for 8 days!! :)
now we have oh so much to catch up on im going to have to do another blog post. This one is all about my weekend spent in the French Riviera 2 weekends ago for carnaval. i dont have words to explain it. but it was one of the best trips so far. So lets begin...
If you recall, this was the trip I won with Euroadventure. Well Wednesday, the day before we were supposed to leave, we received an email saying the trip had been cancelled because a group backed out last minute and we didnt have enough people to go. However, Shaun and his wife (work for euroadventures), said if we still wanted to do the trip and figure out a way to get there, he would set up the hotel reservations and stay for the weekend and show us around. So this is what we did. There were 7 TCU girls going. Thursday afternoon we headed to the train station and made our way to France. It was about an 8 hour trip there, so we arrived at around 10 that night in Nice. Shaun had left us a note saying if we wanted to go out he would show us around. Some girls were tired, so only 4 (out of 7 TCU girls), wanted to go. So at 11, we headed out to explore the Nice nightlife. He and his wife (Reta/Meta/No idea how to say her name) took us on a "mini pub crawl." It was a really fun, chill, night. We got to see where everything was and got our bearings on the city.
|first night out in Nice|
|sunset = gorgeous|
|Cannes at Sunset - the yellow umbrellas is where we stopped for champagne|
|go frogs :)|
|starting the night at waynes|
|"we need more candids"|
|at waynes lol|
|dancing at the club|
|just 2 of the olympic water polo players hahaha|
|its so pretty they put a giant picture frame to take pics in :)|
|all the girls in Monte Carlo|
|overlooking the marina of Monte Carlo!|
|in front of Monte Carlo Casino|
Saturday night was the big night.. CARNAVAL!!!! the main reason we came to Nice! The big thing for carnaval in Nice is the parade. There was one Saturday night and one Sunday afternoon. Saturday night was the main one and omg was it crazy! First off, at our hotel, the super metro/borderline gay worker at the hotel kept telling us that there would be a champagne party before the parade. Well everyone met in "the chill out room" (that is what the sign said... along with... "the party starts here") for the free champagne. We hung out here for a little bit and then headed out for the parade. It lasted for about 3 hours and essentially is a crazy silly string/confetti fight with these INSANE floats and loud music and dancers and craziness. It was sooooo cooool. omg it was so much fun. Well the block where the parade was, there is this carnival type area with rides and things for kids and tehn a MASSIVE ferris wheel. I'm talking, well i dont know how big, but it was huge! So during the parade we got on the ferris wheel so that we could see everything going on. omg. so cool. After that we made our way to the bars aka back to Waynes. Danced all night again. Had an absolute blast!!!
|one of the floats!|
|sign at the "chill out room"|
|view of Carnaval from ferris wheel!|
|tcu frogs love carnaval!|
Sunday morning, we woke up, and 3 of the tcu girls had already left. they had booked different train tickets for the return (hindsight is 20/20), and we didn't want to leave super early that morning. Well we ate breakfast, and walked around Nice some more. We went on the ferris wheel again during the day - could see the whole city it felt like, and the beach! we didn't realize how close to the water we were, so after we got off the ferris wheel, we walked to the beach. On the way to the beach we saw all of the floats from teh parade before... turns out they were getting ready for the day parade. We went down to the water and waited for the parade. Once the parade started it was the same thing as the night before (loud music, floats, dancers, confetti, silly string). So fun.
|some floats of at the parade|
|before ferris wheel ride|
|on the ferris wheel overlooking Nice!|
Then around 2 we decided it was time to say goodbye to France and come back to Italy. Little did we know what we were getting into...
Apparently the last train that got into Italy Sunday night was the one that left 20 min before ours. What that meant was we had lots of stops, lots of layovers. The ticket lady told us the earliest we could get into Florence was 5:30 am Monday morning!!! talk about a nightmare... we left at 2:30 pm Sunday. Went to Ventimiglia, had like a 3 or 4 hour stop... got off ate dinner. Got on a train that arrived somewhere else at like 11. Next train didn't leave until like 1. Got to Pisa at like 2 45... and slept on the floor with all teh homeless people until about 5. Which is when we got on the train to florence. We got back to our house around 6. It was exhausting to say the least. I had class at 10 30 and then slept alllllll day. The trip was well worth it! Such a fun weekend. I woke up Monday evening, skyped wiht my Dad and he told me my MOM and my aunt were coming to visit me on Wednesday for the week!!! I was super excited! great way to end the weekend and start the week!
but i'll save their visit for my next blog.... which will be coming shortly! until then..CIAO!
and GO ITALYYY!!!! hahaha :)