Afternoon Chat

One luxurious thing during this kind of semester is to be able to have casual afternoon chat over a coffee or two.

sipping my hot latte, people-watching, catching up with the people I care, reading a magazine or a novel, or just letting myself being carried away to where my imagination is taking me (:

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La lavande

one of the things I enjoy so much during my exchange was the time when I saw lavender all over the place!

So I decided to pluck some and attempted to dry them (but turned out that I did it the wrong way! haha) oh wells. I still keep some of them though, despite the fact that I have to keep them inside a plastic bag to prevent them from falling apart…

But here’s some quick tips on how to dry your lavender – that I found online haha =)

Have fun! :)

P-I-S-A

it was kind of a sudden change in our plan, to go directly from Siena to Pisa (and skip San Gimignano — i’ll be back there one day!) people have been warning us saying that there are not many things to do in Pisa, except to see the famous tower. Well, to be fair, there are quite a handful of really nice architecture around. We decided to walk to the tower (it’s on the other end of the city) and since the city itself is not so big. and I’m glad we did it, because then we were able to catch a glimpse of the city itself.

and, of course, we took some of the must-take pictures :D

the reason why pisa is still there ;)

and so did everyone else….

There was a big park around the tower compound with really really nice grass :D Unfortunately (or fortunately?), people are not allowed to step on most of the parts..

defying gravity??

oh, and as we walked around the city, we walked past this book fair. my guess is that the place used to be where the wet market was (or still is)

2nd hand book fair

some tips if you are planning to go to Pisa:

1. you don’t have to spend the whole day there. A few hours will do, especially if you don’t have the luxury of time.

2. whenever possible, try to just walk to get to the tower, and get a feel of what the city is like

3. Pisa can be easily reached from cities like Siena, Florence, San Gimignano… so you can just make a day trip there when you use Florence as your base city, for instance.

last but not least, take that must-have shots with pisa tower! :)