It feels amazing and horrible to be back home. I missed by dog and my boyfriend but other than that I wish I could have seen more.
Back to reality means back to paying bills and going to work. Back to apartment and house hunting with the bf so we can move in together. Working on getting all my transcripts transferred over to a new school here so I can start working toward the nursing program they have now that I know where we will be staying. And I need to starting getting all my annual Dr appts set up since it’s actually been like 2+ years since I did any of that.
Obviously I am actually looking forward to moving in with my BF and getting closer and closer to nursing school is a good thing and I have nothing against health checkups except the copays hahahahaha. It just sucks to come back from vacation and I am super tired, traveling transcontinentally is difficult. Thankfully I work today then have two days off.
Went for a 1 mile walk today with the dog, need to get back to my running.
I will keep posting my Europe trip slowly but surely until it is all done.
Have a good night, talk to you tomorrow!!
Greece!!!!! We are in port from 8am to 4:30pm. I have a half day excursion planned with Carra’s grandma. We are taking an island drive and are going to tour the Koum Kouat Distillery, yep! I am getting my drink on! They distil some kind of Grecian citrus alcohol. Mmmmmm. And since I am too broke to eat a big lunch this means when I get back to the ship to wonder around on my own i’ll be walking around Greece drunk hahaha.
On our way!!
Is that not a crazy beautiful sight??!!
I put my feet in the Ionian sea!!!! Didn’t even know that was a thing
Their local coffee drink, called a frape lol, was interesting. It was both sweet and bitter at the same time.
Old town Corfu was beautiful!!!
After the tour i wandered around and had an espresso, of course
Just before getting back on the boat.
Your Monday Motivation is to book a trip and get out and live life!!!
Reporting to you from Kotor, Montenegro. We are here from 7am-4pm. Really before this cruise I didn’t even know there was a place called Kotor, I think I had at least heard of Montenegro though. Again no excursion or set itinerary. We had to tender in this port, meaning the boat anchored off shore and we took little boats in.
Killer view right? That’s from our stateroom. It’s a fjord!!!
That’s from our balcony lol. We are traveling in style!!!!
On the little tender boat to Kotor from the ship.
There was an old fort and inside was the sort of old historic town.
Really pretty. There was I think a monastery up on the hill. I went in on my own amd looked around and did a little shopping.
The outside of the fort, it even has a moat!!!
After looking around and doing a little shopping, I bought locally made vinegar, then i sat down and people watched while drinking espresso and listening to the drizzling rain. Then i headed back and read in our room looking at the fjord while a storm rolled in. It was wonderful.
Hello Croatia!!! Nothing on my itinerary excursion wise so its all me to wander around. I do know this is a major Game of Thrones place, I think they have filmed here so I may just do my own little GOT walking tour.
Emily decided to accompany me so we slept in a bit then had some breakfast and made our way into town. From where the boat docked it wad about a 20 min walk to ‘old town’ which is one of thr big draws.
Here is the view from our balcony. Not too shabby huh?
Old town! This and the day is where most people were. This is where all the Game of thrones stuff happens
The views were amazing everywhere. Walk five it and it was an amazing view from a different angle, and once you got up on the wall that surrounds old town, forget it. There wasn’t enough time or memory capacity.
The bay, well one of them
Anyone recognize this tower? When the dragons (when they were still babies) were stolen from Calisi (butchered that name right) and locked in that tower when they were on that creepy island. The sorcerer was trying to steal them and she ran around the base of that crazy tall tower and there was like no door then the door moved and all that. Yep, turns out, towers not that tall after all hahaha.
I had Bosnian food for lunch. This was as adventurous as i was willing to get. 2 of the cheeses were good and i almost liked the dried beef hahaha. But the sausage was a no go for me. The bread was amazing though. I didn’t want to be rude so i had them box it up for me and threw it away later. Always need to be careful in foreigner countries, you never know what the local customs are.
Cappachino ice cream! We have left gelato land.
Found coffee right before i got back on thr boat!
Bye Croatia!!! Still can’t believe i have been to Croatia. Very surreal.
Sicily, Italy! We are in port from 7am to 7pm today. I have no planned excursion today but most of my travelling companions do so I was just gonna walk around on my own.
I slept in until 8 then got up and went to breakfast then Carra’s grandma and I headed out for a little walk in the town.
We meandered along looking at the pretty buildings.
Wandered around some more
Then stopped for wine and bruscetta before getting back in the boat to relax and read.
We went to an actual sit down dinner that had great food and tiramisu for dessert!!
Then I went with Carra’s grandma to a 50s and 60s music trivia thing then went to a little game show that I was terrible at hahahahaha. I only lasted 8 seconds before I said the word I’m not supposed to.
Then I wandered around for a few minutes then went to bed.
Hello from Naples, Italy!!!!! We are docked here from 7am-7pm. From 7:30am-about 3pm I have a planned excursion through the cruise line. We are hiking part of Mout Vesuvius and getting a tour of Pompeii. After that we get dropped back off at the ship where we will leave in search of pizza!!!! Gotta have pizza in Naples, I think its the law, or like a commandment.
Gathering before the excursion.
Great view from the top! Well not even the top yet.
A view of the crater…..there was some steam coming out hmmmmm
Pompeii!!!! It was huge!!! Way bigger than I thought it would be.
I was really suprised by the ingenuity of people that far back, you could tell which were shops and which were houses. The shops had little groves in the doors where gates were pulled across. There will little pieces of marble in the roads and floors to reflect lamplight at night. It was amazing all the things they came up with.
There are some amazing details that have survived this whole time. These sculptures were amaziny still in tact.
Look at the wall frescoes and that fountain!
Best gelato to date! I got coffee flavor and it was to die for!!!
We stumbled upon a giant piazza while walking around. That happens in Italy, you just stumble upon amazing sights around any corner.
Tomorrow a slow, relaxing day in Sicily!
Day 2 of running around Rome like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get it all in. Boarding on the boat starts at 2pm and we HAVE to be on board by 6:30pm. Here we go!
The others in my group did a more expensive Vatican tour so they left the house around 5am. I had a shorter, less expensive one so i left around 6:45am. I took the metro all by myself! I had gotten directions from a tourist information place yesterday so i knew exactly which lines and ways to go. I navigated it like a champ!!! Hahaha.
I purposefully got to the meeting point about an hour early because it was a coffee shop. I ordered a large cappuccino with a croissant and enjoyed people watching for 45 min then met up with my tour group.
There were so many beautiful things!!!! Everywhere you looked was a photo op
No pictures allowed in the Sistine Chapel but we got one in the front in St Peter’s square! …….I may have made an Angels and Demons (movie) reference
It worked out well and both our groups got to the Sistine chapel at the same time. We then all headed back to the apartment, gathered our things and headed for the train station.
We decided to not wait for the train an hour later and made a run for the train that left in a little less than 20 min. This was not the best idea as we ended up running for the train with one person catching it by literally about 10 seconds. But what was done was done and we were on our way to the cruise ship!!!
We got to the ship settled in a bit then had the obligatory safety gathering and life vest try-on party….and by party I mean boring talk. Now we have laundry going because we have already been traveling for 6 days!!!! My backpack was getting stinky.
After the washing is done and we switch it to the dryer we will go explore a few levels.
We had the obligatory saftey meeting then headed to the deck to watch the departure.
Then came dinner, calzone!! And more exploring. After looking around we got distracted and watched part of a movie then decided we needed to go to bed instead.
Tomorrow off to Naples!!! Here we come Vesuvius and Pompeii!!