Last Weekend

Ciao! I had a great, relaxing last weekend in Torino!

On Friday, I had my last architecture class, walked around downtown, and headed over to a pizzeria just below our apartment. We returned to our apartment and just stayed up talking on our apartment floor with my friends, good times!

Saturday, I headed over to the Open Market and the Chinese Market;they have sweet potatoes (the orange ones) there, the stores here don’t sell sweet potatoes. I walked around for a bit and headed back to my apartment. My roommate and friend wanted to go back towards downtown to do some shopping as their last weekend, so I went with them. Later that night, my friend Danielle made a really good ragu.

On Sunday, I got to sleep in and headed over to Eataly. I realized it would be my last sunday here and Sunday is the best day to go to Eataly as there are a ton of people walking around and it is very lively. I headed back to the apartment and cleaned for a bit. Sunday night we were planning on having christmas potluck as a way to make one last dinner before people start to leave. I made sweet potato casserole. There were a lot of different dishes: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, sushi, pasta, sangria, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie and bread.

Tonight is my last final. I had to do a bunch of writeups and sketches for my modern architecture class. Once I do my three minute presentation about all the places we visited I’ll be free! We are planning on going ice skating at the nearby arena where the ice skating event of the olympics were held.

I didn’t get many pictures this weekend, but it was still a fun one. The rest of this week is full of hanging out with friends before they leave, cleaning, packing, and running some last minute errands. I leave for Dublin on Saturday morning. Have a great week! I won’t be posting next week since I’ll be in Dublin, but maybe at the airport!

Lorin

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Last Italy Trip

Ciao!

I hope your weekend was a good one! I was pretty busy this weekend, both saturday and sunday I took a day trip. However, on Friday, I had my architecture walking tour for my class and met up with my two of my friends to have some lunch at this piemontese restaurant. I got linguini with vongole (clams). Afterwards, my friend and I walked around the city center and decided to head back towards Lingotto. Neither of us wanted to go home, so we saw Hotel Transylvania. It was in Italian, but I managed to understand what was going on and being said; only some vocab I didn’t know. We later met up again and went to this place that my friend, Danielle, had been to before. We got some desserts. I got affogato which is gelato with café. We went back home because we both had to get up early since we were heading to Aosta the following morning.

On Saturday I went to Aosta, which was a lot of fun. It’s a small town 2 hours away from Turin up in the mountains. I was there earlier in the semester, but the weather was rainy and foggy. I’m happy I went again because I could actually see the nearby mountains! It was a cold, but sunny day. We had lunch at a café and walked around, found a christmas market and headed back to Turin. From the train station, we went to a pizza restaurant I heard about on my Architecture trip from Friday. We both split a pizza and a 1/4 liter of wine. Our friend and her friend joined us later and I learned that Italians don’t really drink wine with pizza, they drink beer! Both Danielle and I were tired from the day trip and the cold, so we headed back getting gelato on the way.

Sunday was my last trip in Italy to Bologna with Ye Seul and Danielle! When we first got there, we had lunch. We were going to go to this osteria that is supposed to have good lasagna, but apparently they didn’t have it on Sunday. We decided to go to another restaurant and had lasagne alle bolognese there. It was good, but honestly, not much different from what we make at home during Christmas. Afterwards, we headed towards the University of Bologna. It was interesting to see the oldest university in Italy; I enjoyed the the piazza we saw better though. We walked around for a couple hours, stumbling upon another outdoor christmas market. It was tented, so a little warmer than outside. There was a bigger market by the train station and they had self-service cookies. They had a variety of cookies in a wooden box and you could use tong and put in a bag based on weight. I didn’t go too crazy and got about 5 different cookies. All are very good.

We also heard from an Italian that Bologna is known for the Piadina. The piadina is a quesadilla-like food. It has a large tortilla and you can choose what to put in it. There is only a few things that go into it, but it is delicious. I will miss piadinas when I head back home. After that, we headed back to the train station for a three hour trip back to Torino.

I can’t believe that that was my last trip in Italy and last train ride. This week I have two finals and next Monday I have an architecture project/paper presentation. I have many things planned still to do, such as aperitivo, cafes, ect before I leave. We are having a sunday christmas potluck and I am excited for that, as well as hanging out in Torino for one last weekend. Next Saturday, I’m heading to Dublin! It’s getting cold here, so I’m excited to get back to some warmth. My definition of warm now has dropped to the high 40’s. At least this will prepare me for possible future living locations in cold areas.

Have a great week!

Lorin

Lake Como and Friend’s Birthday

Hi there!

This past week was a lot of fun. On Monday, USAC staff did a lights tour of all the different lights that are put up in Torino for Christmas. It was not Christmas themed, but more of an open-air art gallery throughout the city. A lot of the stores are decorated for Christmas though. After finally finishing a paper and presentation for culture, all of us wanted to get aperitivo. We went to a new place, it was good but the selection of food was minimal. On Friday I had class till 1 and then I went to downtown to get some gifts for people. Friday night, I went to aperitivo again for another friend’s birthday. This was a lot better, they gave you the food, but there was a lot of it and I was full afterwards. We walked around and we went to my friends apartment and hung out. A few of us wanted to catch the metro before it ended at 1215, so we left a little early while other people went out. I had to wake up early to catch the train to Lake Como the next morning. Lake Como was beautiful, but cold. George clooney has a house there and I can see why. I’m sure in the summer it is packed with tourists. There was a great small downtown area with stores and food places. We walked for an hour and decided to take a train type thing up the hill to see a view of the lake. Once we got up we kept walking and decided to go to the lighthouse at the top of the hill. There was a viewpoint there, but unfortunately it was a little foggy that day. After getting back down the hill, we went to a restaurant we saw earlier walking around. It was delicious and a cute little place tucked in on a side street with a christmas tree out front.

On Sunday, I slept in for the first time in awhile and I headed over to get my friend’s present at a local bakery downtown. I headed back and stopped at Eataly to get some wine as well for the dinner. It was my friend, Ye Seul’s birthday, so she made us a Korean feast. There were 6 different dishes and all were awesome. I told her on the way back from Lake Como that I would definitely come to Korea at some point. The rest of the night, we hung out in the apartment. We had to give Ye seul our table, as 11 total people came, so they didn’t have enough space.

Overall, a great weekend and only a few more left. I have a few projects/papers this week and finals start next.