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04 November 2007 @ 10:12 pm
Europe (part 1)  
I'm typing this on the computer in a Roman bed & breakfast. The keyboard takes some getting used to. Hooray for being able to catch up on LJ and all my random message board discussions. Yes, I am a dorko, but this lets me save my paperbacks for the train. I already read most of my German Xbox 360 magazine. I understand about 90% of it without having a dictionary handy. Not bad at all. And I did get to conduct some minor transactions auf Deutsch.

So...yeah. Update time.

I can't believe I slept for half of an 8-hour redeye flight. I am awesome.

Wine is cheaper than pop. And at least the same price as water. Hence the mood.

Bananaweizen is beer milkshake crack.

There's a lot of good fish in Italy.

My feet are tired.

Rome is sort of like E. Carson Street x 1000 with assorted ancient ruins mixed in. One of said ruins is a cat sanctuary. I have pictures. I also have pictures of the bell tower we climbed in Florence. 414 steps = happy fun awesome tired calves great view.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa scares me. You walk up all these stairs feeling tipsy because they're slanted. Then you squeeze up a skinny staircase (Ogre had to turn sideways because his shoulders are too wide) and are on top with a chest high railing between you and certain death. I'm glad we went up, but yeah...unsettling.

Tomorrow? The Vatican. Later? More ancient Roman stuff. Now? Chill time and zzzzzzzz
Current Mood: drunkdrunk
Victoria Maeve: liv // wildsyncopated_time on November 4th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh Europe! I long to go back. I went with a school group when I was about 15 and did London, Paris, Lucerne, Florence, Rome, Venice, Munich and Frankfurt. It was one of the best trips EVER.

I am hoping that David, Hilary and I can work out a German Adventure for fall of 2008. David spent some time over there as a military brat as a kid and wants to go back. It was easily my favorite country when I went back in high school. Hilary has never seen it and David and I are eager to show her.

I do love travel and I miss it terribly. I think though that I'm finally getting to a point in life where trips overseas are becoming viable from a financial perspective, so hopefully soon I can start again.

How's the weather over there this time of year? Good for travel?
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on November 7th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
The weather has been good, though I'm not sure how typical it is for November.

Italy was 30ish in the morning and 60-70 in the afternoon. Germany seemed in the 50s before we went to Italy. It hasn't rained or snowed at all.
aitai on November 4th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
sounds awesome! is bananaweizen really banana flavored beer? pisa sounds scary; i don't think i'd make it to the top. miss ya!
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on November 7th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
As far as I can tell, bananaweizen is hefeweizen brewed with a crapassload of bananas. It tastes strongly of bananas, and it has a creamy texture and thick head. OK, that sounded really wrong, but I'm not going to retype it.

I'm so psyched for Warriors Orochi assclownery. Besides HAMMER TIME and Masamune Date, who are your favorites to play as? I'll be sure to have them all beefed up with good 4th weapons and high levels by the time you come over.
aitai on November 7th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
omg, that sounds so yummy. i want to drink banana beer!!!!!!!!

my current favs are (of course hammer time --love that name -- and date) but also sun ce, nobunaga, and ssx...i think i'm missing someone ~_~;;

i like nobunaga for the sheer cockery of his weapon lock pose. it's so ridiculous; how can't u love it!

i love the lightening element; not sure exactly why, but that and drain/absorb are on just about everyone i have...and when appropriate usually slay and brave. i live for fighting 5 officers at once. it makes me happy <3
Jillwanderingrogue on November 4th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Man, I've still never been out of the U.S. I really want to go, but I'm just too goddamn poor and my job doesn't look like it'll be improving that situation.

I don't think I could handle going up to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Just too scary. I know for a while there they weren't even letting tourists go up. I just know, with my luck, I'd be the one up there when it finally just says "Enough with this leaning bullshit!" and just falls over.
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on November 7th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
I've been on top of many lookout points, but Pisa was the worst by far. That off-kilterness really does make you feel like you're constantly about to go overboard.
Ceigraffiti_sky on November 4th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
glad you guys are having a good time <3

if you can, try and kill the pope, thereby becoming his successor. catholics = sith
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The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on November 7th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I'll put a bunch up when we get back. I tend to photograph buildings and scenery that looks cool to me. We went to many places where photography is not allowed or professionals have already captured the sights far more adeptly than I ever could.

I've always liked classic Russian architecture myself. Onion domes for the win.