The Schindlers Conquer the World, Part 2

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2012

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Hello everyone!! After an exhausting and awesome trip, I'm finally back in Florence! To spare you all from the longest post ever, I'll just jump into the highlights of the last ten days.

  • Rome: Before the cruise, we had a lovely evening in Rome. Mommy and Daddy Schindler took us to a really cute place for dinner, and then we walked back to the hotel and saw all the sights. We walked past the Forum, and the Colosseum! All of ancient Rome was about 20 feet below current Rome, so that was cool.
  • Sicily:  The first day of our cruise (aka floating America) we stopped in the city of Messina, in Sicily. For the most part, Sicily is...gross. The only thing they can pride themselves on is their beautiful hair. We did see a few cool things though. The local duomo has a campanile that is the largest astronomical clock in the world, and once a day has moving figures that display the history of Sicily. We also climbed a big (and smelly) hill to see a Cathedral original built by the Normans during the Crusades.
  • Athens: Although this was my third time in Athens, it was exciting to go with Maria because she had never been there! We went straight to the Acropolis, and then had lunch outside of it. We also went to the Ancient Agora, which I had never been to before! It was also interesting to see how Athens has changed since the Euro crisis, since many of the stores and businesses have closed. 
  • Turkey: We spent a day in Turkey, which was quite possibly the best day of the trip! I'd been to Ephesus before, but it was still amazing the second time. We then made friends with our cab driver, who took us to his family's restaurant. His entire family was super adorable, and we had massive amounts of amazing Turkish food. His brother was dating a Russian girl, so we also helped him practice his Russian! On a similar note, we discovered that if you bargain in Russian you get lower prices, because Russians are scary.
  • Rhodes: Since the Colossus wasn't there, there were only a few things to see in Rhodes. We say a giant medieval castle, and mostly just walked around the town.
  • Mykonos: When we went to the whitewashed island of Mykonos, it was cold and windy. We didn't do too much, but we did manage to meet the town mascot. His name is Petros II, and he is a giant pelican. He was almost as tall as me, and about as wide. Petros I was hit by a car about ten years ago, so we met his heir. Petros II followed us all around the island, and became our best friend. Also, he was huge.
  • Santorini: With the exception of the scary quest to find internet so I could register for class, Santorini was lovely. We took a tender off the boat, and took the cable car all the way to the top. We got a lovely view of the island, and then went to the beach. The beach we went to was a black beach, because of the volcanic sand. The water was very clear, but I was too cold to swim
  • Naples: Upon arrival in Naples, we discovered that it was a dump. Maria and I took a bus early in the morning to go see Pompeii. If you didn't know the whole story, you might actually think people still lived there. The streets and walls are perfectly preserved, and the walls still have ads or graffiti painted on them. In one house, there was a mosaic patio and fountain that looked brand new. Also, we saw some casts of petrified people, which was a little cool but also creepy. 
The ship was also the best thing ever. It was floating America, and there was oatmeal every day. There were also pedicures, hot tubs, and pools. We also ate three course meals every day, in addition to the piles of Greek food we ate. In other news, for Halloween we all put on fake mustaches and pretended to be my Dad. This was the most hilarious thing ever. The moral of the story is that vacation is best when with family (specifically my family), and I am way to exhausted for the busy month ahead.
Stay tuned for tales of the Italian cultural activities I will be participating in for class on Friday, and our trip to Venice this weekend! Ciao!
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