Sunday, October 30, 2011

Benedictus XVI & I

If you read my last blog post, you'll have known that I was supposed to spend the weekend in Tuscany with my host family. I woke up yesterday morning with sore muscles and an even more sore throat than the previous day before, and so when I started asking the mom what she wanted me to do before we headed off to Capalbio, she said, "Would you feel better if you just stayed home for the weekend instead?" I was like, you know what, that's the best idea I've ever heard of. So everyone has gone away while I have three whole days to spend by myself in this huge Italian palace. I spent all day Saturday doing "me" things like giving
myself a mani/pedi, had a deep conditioning wash for my hair, and had a perfect bubble bath with soap roses and candles while listening to Opera music and drinking a generous glass of red wine. Ahhh... Was that all I needed to feel better? I guess so! I even hired a sexy towel boy for the night to massage my shoulders and wear my towel around his waist to keep it warm until I got out. Just kidding. But if I did, he would like a
Introducing Giovanni, my
masseuse/towel warmer
little like this guy...
This morning, I was feeling as good as new, so I decided to go to the Vatican and be blessed by the Pope himself. It was incredible to see and hear the reactions of the people around me when he stepped onto the balcony and appeared in front of thousands upon thousands of people in the crowd (including yours truly). I didn't understand anything he said, but that's ok. I really enjoyed being there, and now it's one more thing to cross off my "European Bucket List". Before I left for Italy, I made a list of all the things I want to accomplish while I'm here, but I'm always adding new things to the list. I'm going to post it at the bottom, and cross off the things I've already done. For example... Seeing the pope with the naked eye! That's one thing to cross off now!
If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free to comment or send me a private message to my facebook or e-mail (michelle_presse@hotmail.com) and if it sounds interesting, I'll add it to the list. 
After the Vatican, I had a nice lunch by myself, and ran into this huge group of older people who looked lost. Everyone on the streets knows I'm not Italian so they asked me if I spoke English. Why yes, I do, and so I gave them directions to where they needed to get to. These people were from ICELAND, which was exciting for me, sine I've never met anyone from Iceland before. I showed them exactly where to get and even suggested a pastries shop to try, and they were so grateful. It was especially rewarding because they said that people were right about Canadians, we're just so kind and helpful, and it's true! I'm being such a good little ambassador for my country over here. Afterwards, I walked to the centre so I could check out Rome's International Film Festival. It's the sixth annual festival and is held at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica, which is a world famous art complex. During the festival, the 1,300 sqm walkway is lead to the Cavea outside the Auditorium and transformed into one of the biggest red carpets in the entire world. Its used for international celebrities, but also for festival goers, such as myself. 
Sweaty Prince Harry = <3
It's getting late now and so I need to pick out an outfit to wear tonight, because I'm meeting up with some of my girlfriends so that we go to Scholar's for karaoke night. I don't know if I'll be singing tonight but it's always packed on Sunday's and perhaps my English prince will be there waiting. Sometimes, it can be really hard to choose what I'm going to wear because the weather is really unpredictable for me. I don't mean that it has surprise rain showers every day, I just mean that I kind of follow what the rest of the people in the house wear and then follow suit. For example, on Saturday, I saw the mom wearing a pair of jeans a a thick jacket. So, I put on a pair of jeans as well and wore a chunky knit sweater which was a BIG mistake. I wore a T-shirt under that and thank GOD I did, because I took my sweater off. I would've died on the sidewalk in my cream coloured H&M knittie, but at least I would've looked cute at my funeral. Anyway, this amazes me, that it's November on Tuesday and I can still get away with wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. Every one's facebook status' at home are saying how cold it's getting and blah blah blah, I don't care, because I'm still soaking up the sun in summer-ish clothes and admiring the palm trees. 
They speak to me
One thing I've noticed lately is that in Rome, dogs are used as decorations. Everyone has one, which brings me to a great sadness when they are huge and need room to run. What the hell is a giant dog going to go in ROME? They always accompany their owners to restaurants and sit under the tables, panting from the heat. I've even seen a few huskies which really blows my mind, because these dogs belong in places like Alaska and Russia, not Italy. I thought I would demonstrate by googling a picture of a husky playing in the snow vs. a husky in Italy. Not surprisingly, thousands of pictures came up when I keyed in 'husky in the snow'. But when I typed 'husky in Italy' and even 'husky in the heat', nothing came up. You know why? Because nobody should legitimately buy a dog like that in Italy.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for... My European Bucket List
1. Have a love affair (or 3 or 4)
2. Ride on a gondola in Venice
3. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
4. Go clubbing (this one is a no brainer)
5. See a live soccer game (write my will before I go)
6. Spend Christmas with Magda and travel though Germany, Austria and Czech Republic
7. Go to a museum (any museum!) in Rome
8. Tour the Vatican
9. Go topless at a beach
10. Celebrate 'Friendsgiving'
11. Sing at a karaoke bar
12. See the Pope
13. Spend the night at a convent
14. Sit on the Spanish Steps
15. See the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam
16. Go to a live concert
17. Be visited by family
18. Ride on the back of a vespa
19. Have a photo of me published in Glamour magazine
20. Take a trip to London, England
21. Drink beer in Munich, Germany
22. Tour the Colosseum
23. See Michelangelo's 'David' in Florence
24. Go hiking through mountains
25. Go to the Pantheon during a rain storm
26. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea
27. Learn Italian
28. Learn how to play the harmonica
29. Take a trip to Greece
30. Get into the best shape of my life
I want to do everything on this list before I leave in June, because...

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