Friday, May 29, 2015

Using a Mobile Abroad

I'm taking a little break from Italy posts to talk about international cell phone use. I've never had a phone abroad. But, for the first time ever, I got myself set up to take a phone with me when I went to Italy.

I've been with AT&T since I was a senior in high school. Well, I think we signed up with AT&T and then a little while later, it was acquired by Cingular and then a little while after that, it went back to being called AT&T. Whatever. Point is, there will be some AT&T-specific stuff in here. However, I'm pretty positive that what I'm sharing will still be somewhat relevant to the other cellular networks. And if not, do a little web search. I'm not some mobile phone expert; I'm just here to share my own experience.
First things first, I had to unlock my phone.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Italy 2015: Alberobello Video Diary

The cutest town in existence must be Alberobello. And since this town was so cute, making this video was so much fun.
It felt like we were in a totally different world.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Italy 2015: 24 Hours in Alberobello

Taking photos in Alberobello was so much fun. First of all, the trulli are extremely photogenic. Secondly, we were blessed with beautiful weather and Zooey-Deschanel's-eyes-blue skies. And lastly, this town was full of adorable Italian grandpas that I became obsessed with because they were so charming.
We walked around "aww"-ing basically the entire time.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Italy 2015: Alberobello Logistics

Alberobello is one of the cutest towns ever and I'm so glad I got to visit.
It's one of the most picturesque towns in existence.

Friday, May 22, 2015

24 Hours in Boston (Part 2)

The second half of our day was filled with food and booze.
After dropping off our bikes in Cambridge, we hopped on the T and headed to Beacon Hill.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

24 Hours in Boston (Part 1)

I'm interrupting my Italy posts to share about my weekend in Boston. As soon as I got back from Italy, my job took me to the suburbs outside of Boston. I called on my favorite New Englander, H, to show me around Beantown. H went to school in the city and was quite familiar so she was an excellent tour guide.
I will do my best to summarize our lovely day in the city. Of course, it was a trip with H in a town with a bike share so of course, we had to use bikes to make our way around the city.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Italy 2015: Genova Video Diary

I'm having so much fun making these video diaries. Some of the random clips I find are so fun and most of them are surprises that I don't even remember recording.
Genova was a beautiful city to video because of the gorgeous facades.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Italy 2015: 24 Hours in Genova

Genova was a gorgeous city to photograph. Between the gorgeous facades and winding alleyways, I was whipping out my camera at every turn.
Even though Genova was never really on my radar, I definitely really enjoyed it. We hit a snafu here and there (with the funicular being closed and museum Monday closures) but it was still fun. Plus, two adorably old ladies saw us struggling to find a place on our maps and they helped us and totally made our day. One of the ladies told us that we were beautiful girls ("belle ragazze") and she was so incredibly sweet.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Italy 2015: Genova Logistics

To be honest, the only reason we visited Genova is because we were flying out of the Genova airport. I didn't want to fill a day with trains and planes so instead, we took a little break from travel by taking a pause in Christopher Columbus's supposed birth city.

Genova is also the birthplace of pesto and it is well known for focaccia so the pause was definitely worth our while.
We stayed in a hotel right by the train station, which I booked on purpose for the convenience factor.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Italy 2015: Cinque Terre Video Diary

I've been trying to be more of a videographer when I go on trips. It all started in Belize. I ordered a MacBook while I was there (because it was when they were starting their educational sale that offered a $100 gift card incentive) and knowing I'd have iMovie, it encouraged me to take some video. Since then, I've been trying to get better at making videos. I made a video for last year's France trip, which was rather long, but really fun for me (and my fellow travelers) to watch.

So, during this trip, I made more effort to take more video clips. Well, I managed to grab over 250. I didn't want to end up with a 15+ minute video (like last year) so I decided to make a separate video for each town.
I love making these videos because I get to relive the trip.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Italy 2015: 48 Hours in Cinque Terre (Part 2)

For this Part 2 of my Cinque Terre blog, I'll be talking about the other four villages. Vernazza is definitely my favorite, but that doesn't make the other towns any less charming.
We grabbed a Cinque Terre card at the train station and hopped on and headed south.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Italy 2015: 48 Hours in Cinque Terre (Part 1)

Cinque Terre is like a dream. It's incredibly picturesque and charming and wonderful. I would love to just retire (now, not in 40 years) and live there. That's how much I loved it.
We stayed in Vernazza and I just fell in love. I think it's the prettiest town in Cinque Terre, specifically because the hike up the mountain (heading towards Monterosso) allows you the most spectacular view of the village. It looks insanely perfect; it's unfair that I don't live here.

So, for Part 1 of my Cinque Terre blog, I'll be sharing lots of photos from Vernazza. Grab a towel because as Jean-Ralphio might say, "Your eyes are about to piss tears."

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Italy 2015: Cinque Terre Logistics

Okay, so here I am, almost a month after my trip to Italy, and I'm finally starting to blog about it. Spoiler alert: I thought Italy was amazing so I'm going to be rather redundant with my positive adjectives. Hopefully, the photos I was able to capture will give you a similar sentiment.

Before I get into the meat of each city, I'm going to devote a post to the logistics. I'm going to share a map and discuss the hotel and transportation and anything important that you may need to know for visiting each particular town.
Our first stop in Italy was actually Milano (as that is the city we flew into) but our real start was in Cinque Terre.
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