And that’s a wrap for Best Friend & Best Friend Do Italy.
8 cities (20+ if you count day trips)
3 “we don’t check luggage!” bags
95 happy pounds gained
0 minutes spent in the customs and security lines that were over an hour for almost everyone else
A dash of Italian — Prego! Busto! Basta! Ciao! Si! Buongiorno! Uscita! Treni! Biglietto! Vegano! Dove! Bene! Mi scusi! Conto! Permesso!
Too many trains and steps and stairs and favorite memories to count
When we heard people use phrases that we use ironically non-ironically. Imagine “Oh la la!” emitted from a child’s mouth as he exhaustedly reaches the top of a mountain. “Mamma mia!” exclaimed from a tiny elderly woman when looking up at the Sistine Chapel.
- Bathroom emergency cords
- Professional soccer game
- Bidet use
- Turkish Bath use
- Ordering from a Pillow Menu
- a comprehensive, fast train system
- gelato multiple times a day
- everyone in linen and brightly colored New Balances and Saucony
- restaurants patio chairs that all face the street
- not having to cook
- not having to tip
- tiny cars
- a clean room when we come home every day
- lake life (which is ironic, seeing that I live on Lake Michigan; let’s just say, it’s no Como)
- much more wandering and walking than computer/TV screening
- wide, smooth sidewalks
- police uniforms that didn’t make me giggle
- free water
- pigeons that know their place
- washer and dryer
- free bathrooms
- the grid system
- large stores
- large elevators
- pretzels (Best Friend’s addition)
- drivers that don’t nudge you across the street when you’re in the crosswalk and make you feel bad for walking
- good customer service outside of hotels
Total “should’ve been” cost (lodging, flight, activities, food, trains, etc.) = $8500; total “post-hacking, actual” cost = $4500.
Fake Oprah signing off. Live your best life, y’all.
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