9.27.2014

a farewell to summer : Santorini


Santorini. Please! Oh please, if you can sometime in your life, make a trip to Santorini! It is as breathtaking as you could imagine - from sunrise to sundown it was beautiful. Jordan and I decided to stay a little outside of Oia's town center in a "studio apartment" that had a perfect view of the sunrise and sunset and a private beach. The owner, Evangelica, was the sweetest ever! She stayed up waiting for our arrival and proceeded to give us a tiny info session on the island. She even poured us a drink to toast to a lovely vacation! To add to a perfect start, I had woken up the next morning right when the sun began to rise which was around 6:00 AM. It was so ethereal how the soft sunlight began to paint itself on the white concave walls of our bedroom and there was just enough morning chill in the air to make you want snuggle up closer to who's next to you. 

9.24.2014

a farewell to summer : Venezia


Upon arriving to the magical Venice, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would I be bombarded by the overwhelming hoards of tourists on the small streets and would the heat get the best of me in the tiny alleyways? Sure, there were a lot of people, but that didn't have an affect on me at all. The weather was gorgeous - blue skies, light breezes, and radiant sunshine. We stayed in a small bed and breakfast near the Rialto Bridge which put us in the center of all the action, so Jordan and I had everything at our doorstep (Gelato run anyone?). Don't worry, we did walk through most of the island, which surprisingly was not tiresome at all. We passed on the water taxis - I guess it that joy of exploring that keeps you going! I'm certain that throughout the few days there, I had a permanent look of awe as we made our way through the winding streets and endless alleyways. Like Florence, every corner you turn, you find that it's a whole new world from the street you just left. Really, it was the perfect place to get lost and wander. I also did not expect Venice to be so romantic. On our first night there, Jordan and I just walked around after dinner with really no idea where we were going. It had just gotten dark so strolling through the dimly lit streets while looking up at the clear sky was beyond lovely, but when we happened upon Piazzo San Marco lit up in all its glory...we were floored with the beautiful the scene before us. When night falls in Venice, it's like the city gives off this irresistible aura - you can't help but feel in love.

9.23.2014

a farewell to summer : Firenze


The cherry on top of this mini adventure of mine this summer was that I was able to share this experience with Jordan. We're still both in disbelief that this summer happened! The ongoing joke between us has been how we both can't wrap our heads around the fact that Jordan was there during all of it. It's ironic we're laughing about him because Jordan was actually the one who planned every bit of our whole entire trip! All jokes of course, but we cant help but laugh about it every time we find ourselves missing our time away. Jordan and I went to three other places after leaving London - Florence, Venice, and Santorini. Every one of these places had it's own charm and completely took over our hearts.

9.22.2014

a farewell to summer : the last bit of UK


Can we just take a moment and say that this past summer was an amazing one? Technically, my summer ended when I got back home from the west coast weeks ago, but it's even more apparent now that it's been a few weeks into my last fall semester as an undergraduate (and that tomorrow will be the first day of autumn)! It's extremely thrilling and liberating as it is horrifying - where has the time gone?! I already had this day in sight early on which is why I really took the leap to do all that I had done this summer. You see, I was treating this summer somewhat as my last hurrah (so not true) and it has been one of the most rewarding and exciting times in my life.
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