Italy, Urbania – Unforgettable

Its been 66 days since I’ve been back from Italy, and I still can’t believe I had the opportunity to experience this unforgettable memory. I spent two weeks in the lovely little town Urbania. When I say little, I mean it. Walking the whole town took no more than 30 minutes, can you believe that? Among the narrow cobblestone roads lived some of the most friendly faces and families. Not to mention, their family owned cafes and restaurants – bellissimo! After my morning classes, I would spend my days either wandering the many streets, sketching at the main square, or just hang out central cafe with my colleagues.

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Photographing the narrow streets of Urbania, Italy 

We went on so many wonderful excursions. It was hard to believe how much we were able to see in such a short amount of time. It was pretty impressive how organized this program was!

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Enjoying gelato in Gubbio, Italy 

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Our gondola ride in Venice, Italy

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Personally my favorite visit , Florence, Italy. 

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So much life in such a little town, Urbino, Italy

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Feeling like a total tourist in Rome, Italy  

Even though it’s been 66 days since returning, I’ve thought about this journey every single day. There are just countless stories and memories that I will never forget. My friends and family are probably sick of how I can’t stop talking about it!

Thank you GEO centennial for such an unforgettable opportunity.

Off to see the world!!!

Over the weekend, I decided to go out of GuangZhou to visit other attraction areas. I went to Shen Zhen to see the Windows of the World (WOW). This is one of the attractions that I said to myself “oh my god, this is a must see!” I finally decided to go over the weekend because if I don’t then I will not have any other time to go. Since I will be returning back to Canada in 2 weeks, it will be very busy for me from now until then, so I don’t know when I’ll have the time to go see WOW. I have already made plans for the next 2 weekends so the only time I had was last weekend.

Although it was planned very last minute to go WOW with my co-worker, but we still had an amazing time! Too bad we only went for a day trip, it would be nice if I could actually stay there for 2 days, that way I can see other places in Shen Zhen as well. Unfortunately, I had to work on Sunday so we went on Sat morning and came home that night. It took about 2 hours to arrive at our destination (1.5 hour on the train from GuangZhou to ShenZhen + 30 mins on the subway). It was quite a journey getting there but I think it was worth it.

What is Windows of the World you ask? It’s essentially an attraction area that has miniature sculptures of famous places around the world such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Pyramids from Egypt. They also had Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty which I did not visit because I thought at the time, since I live in Canada, there is no need for me to see them. However, after I came home, I kind of regretted that I did not go through the park thoroughly. A big factor that resulted in my decision was because the shoes I was wearing on that day were not completely comfortable so after walking for a while, my feet were hurting like crazy!

When I visited the Pyramids, I paid $20RMB to sit on a camel to take pictures. It was a well spent $20 because I got a really priceless photo! At first, I thought it was a fake camel because it was standing there so still, but afterwards, I was startled because it started moving! Anyway, there was one photo where I’m sitting on the camel and I’m “supposedly” be in “Egypt” but then the cameraman also got the “Eiffel tower” in the picture! And what’s funnier is that the camel is smiling! Well, to me it looks like its smiling because you can see the teeth! I found it quite amusing.

After coming back home, I was exhausted so I went to bed and the next day I went to work. My legs were hurting for 2 days from the combination of all the walking and the uncomfortable shoes.

Tip: When going out to somewhere that requires a lot of walking, wear comfortable shoes!!!

To see more pictures taken at the Windows of the World, visit www.photobucket.com/mchen27-wow