Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Lost in Translation #4: Nicole

{The lovely Nicole from La Mia Vita happily agreed to share her favourite "lost" moment while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I love reading about her experience there (after all, I'm Italian), and seeing her beautiful pictures. Check out her fabulous blog for a daily dose of cheerfulness. Grazie, Nicole!}








I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for 4 months and then traveled throughout Europe for a month following the end of my program. Over the 4 months in Florence my roommates and I would travel every weekend, usually outside of Italy. It was the most amazing time of my life and I will bore anyone for hours with thousands of stories.

I have an absurd amount of unforgettable stories between seeing amazing architecture, different cultures in different cities, train station chaos, amazing food from all over (of course Italian was the best), scouring for much missed Mexican food {which by the way they completely do not understand the concept of, so don’t eat it in Italy!}, dance parties in Prague, trying to find our hotel or hostel depending on our budget situation that week, getting lost in Rome, traveling solo in London and Dublin and many more stories that are more “had to be there” stories then entertaining to everyone.

So this is my Lost in Translation moment:

The entire time we’d been in Florence we’d been hearing about these amazing hot springs just outside of Florence. Everyone who had been there raved about it and highly recommended it for a great day trip. We decided to go one Saturday about 3 months into our stay. We managed to find out the name via our teachers broken English and our broken Italian. So off to the train station, myself, a few of my roommates and some other girls from our program, we were ready to be pampered and relaxed! After an easy 30 min train ride we stepped off the train in Montecatini, an unusually quiet town to be the host of the famous hot springs. We began our search for our destination and it felt eerily like a ghost town. The few people we did see looked at us blankly when we asked where the hot springs were, assuming that they just didn’t understand our broken Italian we continued on (we were very determined).

Finally, someone directed us to the “hot pool”. “Hot pool” “Hot Springs” close enough, we thought. Excited we had finally found what we had been looking for all day, we went into a building that looked more like a hospital then a spa, we paid our 15 Euro to get in, walked downstairs and in front of us was a small pool with elderly and physically challenged people! Right then we realized this was a physical therapy hot pool! The place smelled horrible! They wouldn’t give us out money back but there was no way I was getting in that pool! Apparently we didn’t understand our teacher and she didn’t understand us when we were asking for hot springs. We laughed the whole train ride home!

Thanks Vivian for letting me re-live my Italy experiences ☺

10 comments:

Nicole Marie said...

thanks vivian!! i had forgotten about so many stories until you asked me to do this and i'm so happy to have remembered them!

have a great weekend!

thevoyageofv said...

Haha! That's so funny :-) I wouldn't have gotten in the pool either! The 15 Euros is worth the funny story. Did you ever find the real hot springs?
Vivian, I love hearing everyone's stories, it's such a great idea!

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Vivian said...

it is such a hilarious moment... haha, a pool for the elderly- how random!! but i agree with Vanessa, it's worth the 15 euros (15 euros!!! ouch) for a funny moment like that.

Sweet Nothings said...

I love Nicole and her blog! I studied abroad twice in college, once in italy, and i loved getting lost in those streets! this brought up great memories~~

Nicole Marie said...

no we never did make it to the REAL hot springs!!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Love your blog! (it's giving me quite the craving to travel to spectacular places...)

TheBeautyFile said...

great pics! looks like a mini movie!

Vivian said...

it does look like a mini movie!!! i especially love that picture where you're riding the bike.... so European!

Melvin said...

wow, great post...
thanks for sharing....


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