Parlo Poco Italiano: "I speak little Italian." This page is here to highlight the adventures and experiences I have on this vacation/move to Italy (and wherever else in Europe i venture to) for those of you back home. Follow. Enjoy. Stay beautiful. Ciao!

23rd June 2012

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skipping again, Hayley? (10):

so, I skipped posting again last night because, truth be told, i was lazy. Deal with it people, it was hot outside. Anyway, I had an eventful day of finding malls, visiting my soon-to-be house, and trying my hardest not to laugh at our creepy italian waiter’s ridiculous eyebrows, nose, and voice.

  Seriously, this was bad. He comes up and i SWEAR he had to have waxed off his eyebrows and drawn them on with a fine-tip sharpie. On top of that, he was completely bald, with one of those super-shiny scalps. Along with that he had THE BIGGEST NOSE i have ever seen (which he talked through the entire time), and had his teeth filed to points (eek!). So, imagine my efforts to order anything with him standing two feet away from me. I have never had to try so hard to withhold laughter in my life. The ONLY thing I could pay attention to when he was talking to me were those eyebrows. I still couldn’t tell you what he was saying.

  The malls here are nice… Although I had an awkward encounter with the sales lady at Sephora— I spoke little Italian, she spoke no english, I’m sure you get the idea.

 The house is great, and I can’t wait to start decorating my room.. We went to the Italian version of IKEA (called Ovvio) and I found some AWESOME pieces for my new room. Or my dorm. Either one would be fabulous. Anywho, I’ll be posting on the status of the house… Due to renovations we won’t be able to be in it until midway through July. But we can’t wait! Until later, ciao!

23rd June 2012

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Sipping italian hot chocolate, listening to the Black Keys, and chatting with my love… life isn’t bad

22nd June 2012

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Italian Walmart

Italian Walmart

21st June 2012

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Movement finally(8):

Well, nothing to report about yesterday other than an endless parade of movies…. But tomorrow I will have a lot to write about, as we go and visit our new house (eek!) and go shopping and have lunch in downtown vicenza…. The most I’ve done today is venture out and have dinner at Regina’s. This will be a short post, because I have to get up early to see the house— I’ll make sure to post pictures! until then, ciao!

20th June 2012

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Fresh italian Berries and our first home-cooked meal in italy! Props to my mom for making it in our tiny hotel kitchen!

19th June 2012

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ahh downtown Vicenza 

ahh downtown Vicenza 

19th June 2012

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In the city known for its food, we are eating tv dinners (6):

Oh man, they are NASTY. Bleh. Maybe I’ll lose weight here rather than gain it? Reason being is the blisters on top of blisters that my mom and I have developed from our never-ending walking haven’t really been great for walking to find GOOD food. Hopefully our car will get here soon, and we can actually drive places. Today was rather uneventful, with my parents working at getting a house. The most exciting thing i did today was check out the gym, which will hopefully give me an outlet to channel my energy. I watched bridesmaids with my mom and we commiserated about how we miss home (don’t say we’re crazy, we just miss how things are back in ‘Merica). Anywho, pray that my mom and my’s feet feel better so we can be back out again soon! Best wishes,

—Hayley

17th June 2012

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Gelato… Gelato everywhere:(5)

Never in my life did I realize that there could be so many ice cream/gelato shops in one place at one time. Seriously. There were at LEAST two on every street. I mean holy crap, theres temptation everywhere!

 So, My mom, Dad, Brother and I all met up with this other American family who just got here with the army too, and we all went into Downtown Vicenza to sightsee and check out some ancient ruins nearby. This time i was REALLY able to explore the town and see what it had to offer and, let me tell you, the next chance I get I’ll be doing some serious retail therapy! Like I said yesterday, almost everything is shut down on Sundays, so the most I could do today was window shop and it was killing me.

  After wandering around, getting gelato, and enjoying the sights and sounds of Vicenza, we finally made it to the ruins which were cool, but not as amazing as the rest of the city. So we had lunch/dinner at this little pizza place tucked away down a side street and it was super yummy. Then we came back to the hotel and accidentally took a four hour nap (I’m pretty sure it was a side effect of the heatstroke we undoubtably came down with while out in the boiling heat).

  The thing about Italy is that, obviously, its a tad bit older than America. With that being said, it has this ridiculously unorganized feeling, like everything was just tossed into place with no sense of order or organization or symmetry. Like, there could be a tiny, modern store wedged in next to a huge, ancient marble building complete with carvings of Gods and heroes, sitting next to a gas station, sitting next to a very italian apartment building. Its all kind of thrown together with no districts or neighborhoods or any type of organized setting that distinguishes one part of town from the other. Its fun to look at, but difficult to navigate. But really, what better place to get lost than the streets of Italy?

  As for tomorrow, my mom and dad are going to enter into some negotiations about the house we are hoping to get (the housing market is weird here— I don’t really know how to explain it). Hopefully that will all go well, and if they get back in time my mom and I are planning to visit the mall close by and see what its all about. I miss all of you terribly and hope you are doing well… I’ve gotta wrap things up, it’s time to Skype my boy back home! Till later, ciao!

—Hayley

17th June 2012

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An assortment of cool doors I managed to get pictures of

17th June 2012

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There’s no place I’d rather be lost than in the streets of Italy