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Thursday, September 14

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Just like everyone else, Italy has been on top my travel wishlist forever. How could it not be? The food, the culture, the history, the sights, and the people all together make it a pretty ultimate destination.

I met my sister in Milan on a rainy Friday evening, and we continued on to the island of Sardinia on Saturday morning. We were SO fortunate to be able to stay in the city of Alghero with our dear friend, Luise, at her family's vacation home. Seriously, shout-out to Luise, whom I started calling "Santa Luisa" because she was the best host; always having an espresso ready, chauffeuring us around, making the best hard-boiled eggs and pasta, etc.

I was very tickled to come up with the analogy "Sardinia is the Hawaii of Italy" so, the ultimate island vacation destination for Italians. But also a bit of a deep-cut (which we were pleasantly surprised to learn when several Romans said "You went to Sardinia? No one goes there!") achievement unlocked!

Sardinia is truly one of the most incredible places I've ever been, and it has SO much to offer! Stunning white sand/clear blue sea beaches, mountains, cliffs, quaint towns, deserts, and sooo much great seafood, all under the unrelenting (fantastic!) Mediterranean sunshine.

We were totally content spending the day at our “local beach”, & making an ^^ Italian spread ^^ back at the house for dinner (this was not settling at ALL- we picked up any random fresh pasta at the corner grocery and it was like the best thing I’d ever tasted.) Luise was also super gracious to cart us around the island for a few excursions as well (in the cutest retro Fiat!): Capo Caccia National Park (I know I’m using a lot of extremes but this was actually one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been), Stintino beach, (clearest water I’ve ever seen, and a castle to swim to, nbd) and the tiny town and local beach in Bosa (colorful flags and cove beach above!)

We certainly embraced the "island lifestyle" 100%, I'm talking, no real clothes, no make-up, dinners on the terrace, sunset Negronis, it was a dream.

And then to juxtapose our island lifestyle to the extreme, we flew to Rome on Thursday for our last couple days. My sister and I agreed that it would have been better to do the busy/packed chapter of vacation BEFORE the chill/beach chapter (next time!!) We really only did a walk-by tour of most things since our time was short, but turning the corner and seeing the Parthenon was not a let-down. I actually gasped a couple times. To be in the same city with so much history that I’d only ever read about in books/seen pictures of was just SO cool. There may even be a video out there of me singing in front of the Coliseum, (not for money, just for my family and because I am dumb) idk, ask my sister and she might give it to you.

I’ve been thinking about the food since I’ve been back (obviously) and you know, Italian food is just what’s UP. There’s no guessing and it’s a crowd pleaser, who doesn’t love pizza, cheese, pasta, and gelato? We did it big. Seriously in Rome one day we had pizza for a late breakfast, gelato for a late lunch, and pasta for a late dinner! Because the Italians eat dinner at like 9pm, seriously.

I think I could get used to that slow Italian lifestyle…and the people watching was prime. I loved nothing more than watching an enthusiastic phone call or conversation that could have been just someone asking the time of day, but it’s all and emphatic gestures and air kisses in sing-song Italian. You do you, Italians.

Ciao, for now, Italy!

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