Scenes from Italy: part 1

Ciao!

Scenes from ItalyWe’ve been in Italy for 5 days now but are just getting started with the tour portion having spent the first few days in and around Milan visiting family. Days filled with tons of carbs, language confusion, late trains, sweets and about a pack of cigarette’s worth of second hand smoke but also wonderful memories and genuinely loving people. It’s funny how you can never have met someone that’s family and then spend 12 hours eating, drinking and “talking” with them like they’re an old friend.

Scenes from Italy

We started our trip at the Hilton in Milan which was wonderfully American in that hotel amenities sort of way and are now in a room that looks like it hasn’t been touched since 1985 with a hotel staff that’s never heard of the term wifi. This is the first ever post I’m writing from my phone so I have no idea what it will actually look like when it’s published. If its a hot mess, sorry…

I’m not sure if it’s sad/pathetic that one of the highlights of the trip so far was taking a Crossfit class in Milan or a great representation of my dedication. I’m going with the latter.
crossfit MilanThe workout was great and there was another drop-in guy from Bermuda that spoke English in the class which made me way more comfortable about the whole experience. Apparently there are no Italian translations for any of the crossfit terms so it was nice to walk into a place and actually understand everything going on after 2 full days of expressing myself like a 2 year old with my basic Italian language skills.

Once the tour started yesterday, we checked out the main sites in Milan like the cathedral and the galleria (that I’ve seen 3 times now so I didn’t pay much attention) and then headed out towards Parma to do a little cheese tour and tasting.

 Parma

Besides two young boys from Australia, I’m the youngest person on this tour by at least 20 years and seeing a bunch of 60-75 year olds holding their nose like kindergarteners inside the cheese building was both amusing and ridiculous at the same time.

parmesan cheese factory

Honestly, I could live in that little cheese house/factory. Screw college, degrees and big salaries, give me a hairnet and some rubber boots and I’d gladly make parmesan cheese all day long if it meant being able to eat some every day. Even if I had to pay for it, it’s like 1/3 the cost as it is in the states and about 300% better than the crap that gets passed off as parmesan. We tasted 2 batches, one that had aged only 6 months and one that had aged two years. The difference was astonishing. I much prefer the sharpness of the two year old cheese. The attraction of parmesan is that signature salty bite and the 6 month old one was just too bland and boring with way less of tht compared to the other.

parmesan

Tonight we’re off to taste some prosciutto (I’m only slightly giddy with excitement about that) and eat a typical dinner of the region consisting of….more pasta. Shocker.

Hope you guys are enjoying the guest posts…Internet here is like stepping back into 1995 with dial up so I hope to be able to get another Italy post up but don’t hold me to it!

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  1. 4

    says

    Looks like a great vacation! Even though I very rarely eat cheese because my body can’t handle it, I think I’d have to tell my stomach to deal with it and try some of that aged parmesan. It sounds incredible.

    Enjoy all the carbs and pasta!

  2. 11

    says

    Wow looks like you are having an amazing time! I have been loving following along on Instagram.
    Good for you for hitting up a workout while you are out there, too. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to find a new yoga studio at least a couple times while I am away. I love the excitement of something new. Have fun on the rest of your trip!

  3. 13

    Angie says

    My favorite picture from Italy is of me getting a big whiff of a vat of oil at Casa Monti near Sienna. Love your posts. Have a grand time!

  4. 18

    says

    Jealoussss. Also, that’s so awesome that you still work out while on vacation! My health is the last thing on my mind when I’m traveling haha.

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