[Upfront disclaimer: I know these posts are incredibly back-dated, and the world has collapsed into apocalyptic shock from the election yesterday… I am still making sense of my thoughts and feelings but until then, here are posts from simpler times (i.e., last month!)]
Fun fact: did you know that a region in northern Italy speaks German? South Tyrol used to belong to the Austria-Hungarian empire and was annexed by Italy at the end of WWI. Today, there is an interesting mix of German and Italian customs, language, and cuisine. For example, almost every restaurant has high-quality German and Italian options (like Italian restaurants have great schnitzel). And apparently, it was some Italian dude’s job to go around and “Italianize” (or maybe “Italicize?”) all the German place names. For example, the city of Bolzano (Italian) is also known as Bozen (German).
I spent 5 days in South Tyrol, visiting my friend, Sol, in her hometown and partaking in sunshine, the Alps, Italian food (cheat days galore!), and my favorite…the castaña (chestnut)!
Here were the highlights:
Hanging out with chestnuts!
Knottkino: outdoor cinema featuring the outdoors!
Starwood hotel living!
Busy last 24 hours in South Tyrol…perfect representation of the region: Hiking in the Alps, exploring Merano (Sol’s hometown), hitting the thermal baths, and gorging on pizza!
After stumbling down the snowy hiking paths, we hit another lodge frozen in time to warm up. Then took a cool 15 minute ski lift down…
Quick pit stop in Verona before heading to airport… home of Romeo and Juliet