The drive to Salzburg from Milan was a treacherous one–the snow was coming down so hard and laying on the road, which made the journey almost two times as long. By the time we finally arrived in Salzburg, it was close to 2am. Honestly, it didn’t matter though–as soon as I saw the undisturbed blanket of snow on the ground and the thick flakes coating the tree branches, I felt an instant warmth and joy. After checking into the hotel, and taking a quick hot shower, I just wanted to stare out the windows at the still-falling snow casting the perfect silence over the city. There’s something so beautiful and comforting about seeing snow fall in the middle of the night when you’re supposed to be sleeping. It’s like you’re seeing something you’re not supposed to. It’s only meant to greet you in the morning. And greet me in the morning it did!
I arrived in Boston 12 hours later than I was originally supposed to due to inclement weather in my connecting city. It’s amazing what can happen in just 12 hours: a robbery at a convenience store, followed by a shooting on a college campus, a car chase, a shootout, a few explosions, one dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, and another on the loose. When I landed in my connecting city, I had 9 text messages, 2 voicemails, 7 Facebook messages, and 2 tweets. All related to what was happening in Boston. When you’re on a plane and completely disconnected from what’s happening, it’s kind of scary to step said plane and see so many people trying to contact you!
It seems only appropriate since I’m in Boston that today’s Foodie Friday is clam chowder (or, as a proper Bostonian would say it: chowdah). One of my favorite things about visiting Beantown is feasting on seafood (you thought I was going to say beans, right?). Living in landlocked Austin, good seafood is hard to come by and so I try to eat as much of it as possible when I’m on one of the coasts.
Let me preface this by saying that I didn’t spend a lot of time in Milan, so I don’t have a lot of room to critique, but, it was probably my least favorite stop on my trip.
This week I went to see my favorite band, Sigur Rós. If you don’t know them, they’re Icelandic and definitely worth listening to (see my Iceland playlist for more artists, too!).
Anyway, while I was on my Icelandic road trip, I listened to Sigur Rós a lot and so seeing them sort of took me back to that beautiful country. Which brings me to today’s Foodie Friday: Skyr.
I just want to apologize ahead of time: I’m completely overwhelmed right now between working 40 hours a week, taking two classes for my master’s, working on a certification for work, and still trying to maintain a social life (in addition to running this blog!). I haven’t had much time to write lately between all of these things and my dad being in town this past weekend. And next week I’m off to Boston. Oh, I didn’t mention that before, did I? Well, I’m going to Boston for a few days and I’m beyond excited, but also stressed out about getting everything done before I step on that plane (because I don’t want to think about work/school/anything while I’m there).
I’ll try to get back to the regular-type posts next week, but for now, how about a little travel inspiration?
Today I’m going to switch gears a little bit and focus on something other than the road trip around Europe.
My dad and stepmom came to visit me in Austin this weekend and we decided to venture out a bit. My dad lived here in the early 1980s and was eager to see things he hadn’t seen in almost 30 years, and to see things he hadn’t had the chance to see at all when he lived here.
Today’s Foodie Friday features some of my favorite Italian goodies ever! When I studied abroad in Rome, I fell in love with so many foods we just didn’t have in the US (or maybe we could get them–but they just weren’t as good!).