Good morning party people! Long time no see!
If I had to sum up the last couple of weeks I could do that in one word: BUSY! And because my writing progress or lack thereof is definitely not an interesting topic to talk about (ask Stefan) I have decided to stay MIA for a while.
But as you can see from my very original title I have been on a little work holiday last week. And thought it would be nice to share a few bits and pieces (and mainly pictures) from my trip to Italy.
Without further ado let’s dive straight into last week’s shenanigans. Of course I am linking up with Meg for a little fun with lists.
- So last week Stefan and I got up in the dawn of the day (think 3 am), threw all our stuff in the car and drove 8 hours down to Abano Terme where we spend a week with my in-laws.
- I also like to refer to these kind of holidays as: the week of food, food and food! Think Buffet breakfast and a 4-course meal for each lunch and dinner. Because I knew what would come I skipped almost all main courses and ate a big salad followed by a boatload of pasta for almost all meals. Heaven!
- As my deadline slowly creeps up and my workload is still mind-blowing I used most days for work. But the change of scenery definitely was a nice thing. Especially when I sat outside on the hotel’s patio and indulged in iced coffee whilst working.
- On Monday Stefan and I went on a little day trip to Venice. We almost didn’t make it though as the bus system was kind of confusing but luckily the bus drivers are very different to the ones in Germany. One picked us up even though it wasn’t a regular bust stop and brought us to Venice.
- We walked around a lot, took the boat to one of the islands and had a Spritz in a tiny bar.
- My favorite place of all was the Island of Burano. So colorful and picturesque. It looked like it was made of candy! It was a very nice albeit very very hot day and we were done when we came back to the hotel in the evening.
- The weather was very very nice and in fact most days were incredibly hot. We spent some relaxing time in the pool even though the thermal water resembled more a bathtub and wasn’t particularly refreshing.
- We also spent some not so relaxing time in the pool playing with our four nieces and our nephew. It was fun to dive and goof around with the kids. They were all very facinated by my underwater camera housing and my second eldest niece in particular had the biggest fun playing underwater photo model. Save to say we had a blast!
- I also forced poor Stefan to test my camera with me. He was slightly less enthusiastic about modeling for me though. He did it anyway because it made me happy and he’s a saint.
- One afternoon my whole family went to a close by winery and we did the obligatory wine tasting. We also baught a whole trunk full of wine. On the way back home the car wasn’t speeding up as nicely as it had on the way to Italy. But I’d say that’s a small sacrifice for a year full of yummy wine. The credit for hand-modeliing goes to my lovely father-in-law!
Today I am back in the office and work through my to-do list before I go back home this afternoon to start my two week final sprint before giving my hopefully finished thesis draft to my professor for final feedback. I can’t wait for October to get my life back though.