Category Archives: Italy

The Journey to Harrogate

 

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 ” Travel is flight and pursuit in equal parts. The notion of travel as a continuous vision, a grand tour’s succession of memorable images across a curved earth-with none of the distorting emptiness of air or sea-is possible only a train ”

– Paul Theroux

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14th February 2013/Venice

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Day 8/Venice

My Venetian Valentine

Yeah you read that right! Since my itinerary was planned beforehand, I pretty much knew that I would spending Valentine’s Day in Venice; one of the most romantic places in the world…ALONE.
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13th February 2013/Rome

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Day 7/Rome

Today marked my final day in the eternal city.I woke up in the morning to find out that Julio had already left for his flight back home to Brazil. Inacio was already up since he did not sleep after sending Julio to the airport. We had breakfast in the hostel. Nutella & Bread- comfort food no matter where you are  in the world. We joined the breakfast table which was already occupied by a bunch of animated South Americans. Inacio eased into the ongoing conversation effortlessly while i remained a bystander. Maybe it’s time i learn some Spanish/Portugese!
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12th February 2013/Rome

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Day 6/Rome

I got to know my newly found Brazilian friends, Inacio & Julio(i can’t remember if that is real name but he looks like Brazil’s Julio Cesar so let’s just leave it at that). I found out that Inacio and i shared the same surname! It was Julio’s last day in the city before he returned to Brazil so all three of us set out to try to cross all of Rome’s major attractions in one day. Rome is pretty much a walk-able city with attractions located relatively near to each other. Another reason for me to gorge myself with Italian cuisine!
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11th February 2013/Rome

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Day 5/Rome

Sleeping in the six berth cabin evoked a sense of claustrophobia/paranoia i never knew i had. The bald Italian Fabio-Cannavaro doppelganger perched like an owl across from me didn’t help either. I drifted in and out of sleep, as the train chugged across the French Alps. Everything is pretty much dead at night in Europe so there was nothing much to see through the window. The next time i woke, i was in Italy, Bologna to be exact. Another pit-stop en route to Rome.
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