Saturday, February 18, 2006

Reading Week 2006 – Day 5

Early the next morning, Marieke and I boarded a train for Florence, leaving Ieva, Tyler and Vladi asleep in the laundry room. A high-school friend of Marieke is studying jewelry in Florence and she took the day off to show us around. We visited the Duomo, and walked around the streets, which are beautiful but covered with graffiti. After a hike up to Piazza Michelangelo (for a beautiful view of the city), we had another amazing calzone/pasta dinner.

You might have noticed a repeated mention of eating out… Well, the last time I toured through Italy, as a backpacker on a very tight budget, I didn’t get a chance to eat in many restaurants, as they all seemed so expensive. This time, my perspective was completely different. After four years at Queen’s, I was used to regularly eating in restaurants with a group of friends (at least once a week). However, since our arrival in Denmark, we have only eaten out in a restaurant three times (in six months), simply because it is so expensive. A good meal with wine in Italy was $15 as opposed to the $20-30 for the same meal that it would cost in Denmark. We definitely took advantage of this…

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