After a 9-day journey, starting out in Oslo and then ending with a whirlwind tour through Florence and Venice, I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty beat. Early mornings, late nights, many airports, long train rides, and a slowly creeping cold have all taken their toll; but nothing could bring me down too much after the amazing things I’ve seen and experienced this trip. I’m still trying to slog through the jetlag and thousands of photos I’ve taken, propping up my tired eyelids with endless cups of coffee from Norway, trying to process it and let it all sink in. It will be a few days yet before I am all caught up with everything and can properly devote time to writing about my experiences and share bunches of photos with you. I do want to share just a few, though, as a sort of a preview, and as a way for myself to take a small break from the “work” side of things for my own sanity.
The one thing I can take away from my first encounter with Italy boils down to about 3 things: the food is as amazing as everyone says it is, and somehow the gelato is even better (I managed to find 5 extra lbs in Italy that I seemed to be missing before… huh); the streets, though they can be frustratingly crowded with clueless tourists, are beautiful and worth exploring; and there are a lot of very cute dogs in Florence.