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Fontana di Trevi, Rome.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Rome (plus some tips!)
  1. Gianicolo!

    Gianicolo is this big hill with a park that has the best views of Rome. I happened to stumble upon this place, and I’m so glad I did. It was the ultimate highlight of my time in Rome. The views from this hill are absolutely surreal. If you don’t feel like climbing a big hill, I found a short cut! When you’re at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican city and you’re facing the Basilica, go left outside of the columns and there’s a pedestrian tunnel under the road that leads to Terminal Gianicolo. Go in there and make your way to the parking deck. Then take the elevator up couple floors of the parking deck and follow the signs on the wall to Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu. It’ll lead you outside of the parking deck and almost all the way up the hill saving you the climb. When you exit the parking deck go right and up the hill and when you get to the top, there will be a park and an incredible view. You’re welcome. 

  2. Go to Ostia Antica!

    I liked it better than Pompeii. Tickets are cheap and you can get there via public transportation so there’s no excuse. You only need one metro ticket to get there (even though there’s a train change) From Termini take the Metro Linea B to Piramide. Get off the train and navigate your way to the Roma-Lido train platform. Get off at the stop “Ostia Antica”. Cross the pedestrian bridge and walk straight til you see the entrance. Ostia Antica is so fun. The ruins of the old port city are seemlingly endless. Ostia Antica is less uptight about you touching stuff (unlike Pompeii where everthing is off limits). You can climb on the ruins and have a good ol time. Just go, it’s awesome.

  3. Go ahead, be a tourist.

    There’s so much to see in Rome. There’s the Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, Piazza Venezia, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Piazza del Popolo, Trastevere…and I’m not even listing half of the stuff there is to see in Rome. Go see it all. But be warned, Rome is a maze. I’m really good at navigating cities, but Rome is on a whole other level. I got lost so many times. Also, I recommend getting the Roma Pass. It gives you free entrance to the first two attractions you go to, then discounted entry fees after that and 3 days of unlimited public transportation. Use the first two admissions on The Colosseum/Forum, and the Borghese Gallery. This will give you your money’s worth and guaranteed entrance without waiting in line to both of those attractions. 

  4. Eat good food

    You’re in Italy! Splurge on a good meal, you won’t regret it. Stay away from restaurants that have their menus in every language known to man. Try to find a place where the locals eat and enjoy every minute of it.

  5. Go see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

    Even if you’re not religious, it’s a must. It just takes your breath away. There’s so much great pieces of art to see at the Vatican Museum and Basilica. I recommend going later in the day. The Vatican Museum ticket office closes at 4, but the museum closes at 6. So go at 3 pm. That gives you three hours of time there and chances are you won’t have to wait in that notorious line for a second! Then after that make your way over to a very short line at the Basilica. 

Friends! The jet lag is real!!!!!

Did a tiny bit of sightseeing around the hotel yesterday. We went to Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (the ground breaking was in 432!). We also went to a park and had real Fanta!

The first day of conferencing is going well. My favorite talk so far was given by Martin Henze on nova M31N 2008-12a.

Tomorrow is the day for my talk. I think we are going to Trevi fountain and the Pantheon after the conference. I’ll update with how the talk goes and more pictures tomorrow!

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Hobonichi Planner Review

I never did like agendas. The garishly pastel-colourful, flimsy organizers of ostensibly cookie-cuttered schedules and dates of interest always reeled me in with their promises of true structure and instant discipline before betraying me with their horrendous interfaces (you can’t click anything!) and the revelation that organization takes a quantity of time and quality of patience that eludes me. A year ago, however, I heard of another ‘tool’ that promised everything that an agenda did while seemingly rectifying its flaws. It was well-designed, minimalist and sparing in colour, fit for fountain pens, near-perfect in size, and effortlessly customizable. The Hobonichi Techo Planner was originally created by Shigesato Itoi, a famous video game designer, copywriter, online personality, and author. It is, in many ways, Japan’s take on the daily calendar. A mature and sensible planner that still possesses a distinct sense of design and personality, the Hobonichi Techo is an excellent product that has become a new daily carry for me.

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northwesternexposure  asked:

Hello! My name's Erin and I'm from Oregon, USA. I'm visiting Europe this summer (Rome, Paris, London, Vienna, Zurich, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Prague)! Do you have any suggestions on places to see or things to do in these cities? Thank you so much! I just discovered your blog tonight and I've been scrolling through it for the past half hour. I love it! :)

Hi Erin! Seeing as how I’ve only been to Paris London, Rome and Berlin I can only advise you on those cities. I’m not gonna list down obvious cliche tourist destinations (read: Buckingham Palace/Eiffel Tower) but just off beat places that I personally liked

So:

London:

God’s Own Junkyard. Really cool place, a must see just for the neon signs themselves. There’s a small one in Selfridges if you don’t want to travel all the way to Walthamstow (which is the last stop on the tube) for the main one.

Brick Lane/Shoreditch: Where all the hipsters at. If you’re into graffiti and artsy stuff this is the place to be. Think of it as the Brooklyn of London, only waaaaaaay cooler. IMO.

Scream Gallery: This is kinda connected with God’s Own Junkyard. It’s an art gallery with not your typical art paintings.

Urban Food Fest: Happening every Saturday this summer till 21st June. Really awesome place to chill and discover interesting food. And best of all it’s free (ENTRY I MEAN. HA. WOULD BE AWESOME IF THERE WAS FREE FOOD!)

Paris:

I was in Paris for a week and did the usual major tourist stuff. Lourve/Eiffel Tower/Sacre Coueur. I’m sure you’ve got those listed on your must do list.

If you’re not creeped out by cemeteries, then be sure to check out the Pere Lachaise Cemeterie, the largest in Paris. Not to giveaway much but people burried there include Moliere, Chopin, Jim Morrison and my favorite, Oscar Wilde.

Be sure to get a crepe at every creperie stand (I never met a crepe I didn’t like on the streets of Paris!) and go check out Montmartre and the Latin Quarter. 

Hediard! Let’s just say you gotta try the ice cream there. And possibly buy something from there just to feel really good. It’s like the Parisienne version of Harrods.

Angelina and Cafe de la Paix. A must go if you’re a fan of hot chocolate! Also, the former was where Coco Chanel used to go. Be sure to dress up a bit though cuz all the super posh meres and tantes be chilling there and if it’s Paris Fashion Week you’ll definitely bump into a model or two.

Berlin

Maybe it’s cuz I went in winter and maybe cuz it was my first solo trip in Europe, but I didn’t enjoy Berlin as much. It was cold, it was dark, it was gray. But you’re going in summer so it’ll be a whole different scene!

Aside from your typical Lonely Planet recommendations I don’t really have anything to add. 

Rome

Villa Borghese. I ended up there by accident but it was worth the detour! Be sure to go up to Terrazza del Pincio for an amazing bird’s eye view of the city. (They say you can see the whole of Rome from the Spanish Steps but that’s a lie folks) 

Avoid the ice cream trucks that sell ice cream around the park. I mean, I tried one and it was decent, but for the price and size, you’re better off eating at a proper gelato shop, of which you won’t be hard pressed to find. Gelato shops dot Rome the way yellow cabs zip cover every New York corner. Giolatti and Grom are some of the famous gelato places you should check out. The line out Giolatti is really long though so be prepared to wait. The best ice cream I had though was in Piazza Novana, one of the places where they shot the movie Eat Pray Love. 

The Vatican Museum. SO. WORTH. IT. It’s 15 Euros for entry but if you have a student card like I did then it’s only 8 Euros. I must warn you though that you can’t take pictures in the Sistine Chapel, but otherwise, definitely worth the trip. 

St Peter’s Basilica. Don’t be deterred by the ridiculously long cue. Trust me when I say it moves fast. I wouldn’t have lined up if it hadn’t been for my determination to get in and was glad I did cuz I was in in 15 minutes. 

Piazza del Popolo. Love this place. Also it leads to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon and via Condotti, which is Rome’s Bond Street. 

Ps- I HAVE to recommend this little pizza shop right outside the Spagna train station. When you get down and walk out heading towards the Spanish Steps, the first pizza shop you see, I think it’s called Morettis. BEST PIZZA I HAD IN ROME. And trust you me I ate my weight in pizzas over there.

Well, I hope my answer wasn’t too long or too much of a bore? You can check out my Instagram gallery for pictures of my travels and all the places I’ve mentioned. @fyeahkarennn. Good luck and have fun on your travels!