“Must love decorating for holidays, mischief, kissing in cars, and wind chimes. no specific height, weight, hair color, or political affiliation required but would prefer a warm spirited non racist. cynics, critics, pessimists, and “stick in the muds” need not apply. voluptuous figures a plus. any similarity in look, mind set, or fashion sense to mary poppins, claire huxtable, snow white, or elvira wholeheartedly welcomed. i am dubious of actresses, fellons and lesbians but dont want to rule them out entirely. must be tolerant of whistling, tickle torture, james taylor, and sleeping late. i have a slight limp, eerily soft hands, and a preternatural love of autumn. i once misinterpreted being called a coal-eyed dandy as a compliment when it was intended as an insult. i wiggle my feet in my sleep, am scared of the dark, and think the Muppets Christmas Carol is one of the greatest films of all time. all i want is butterfly kisses in the morning, peanut butter sandwiches shaped like a heart, and to make you smile until it hurts.”
-Matthew Gray Gubler, on his perfect woman.
I love him
T H E D A R K K N I G H T R I S E S ’ cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Gary Oldman | Anne Hathaway | Juno Temple | Michael Caine | Cillian Murphy | Christian Bale | Liam Neeson | Tom Hardy | Marion Cotillard | Morgan Freeman | by Christopher Nolan
(I know, nothing is official about Cillian -I checked IMDb- but he has been spotted on set, so… let’s suppose he is in the ‘official’ cast :D)
“Being happy is your right; and no event, no person, nothing in this world can take this right away from you. Yes, separation does cause pain and longing for the loved one but there is no need to be sad and look unhappy just to prove your love. Love simply is, there is no need for you to prove your love to anyone, let alone people.”
I know this is a terrible reintroduction to Tumblr, but I have to gush — I WANT THEM ALL!
j’adore the cognac and the navy blue suede with red zipper. If they did a camel leather with a red zipper, I might die of happiness.
Will post with legitimate news/prose soon.
So my previous attempt at posting has been erased. Lame. Let’s try again.
October 21-24, 2011 | Milan, Italy
While I’m a bit behind in blogging, well, at least I’ll post this bit about my jaunt to Milan before jetting off to Spain this afternoon.
An abrupt take-off and landing on time leaves six travellers at Bergamo airport well after dark. After cobbling together with the ticket lady in a mix of English and Italian, we manage to secure six tickets to the city centre by bus (a quote by a taxi driver says it will cost 100 euros at least to get there in a five-seater car when we have six of us…). That being said, this trip would not be possible with the well thought out packing of a hand-held GPS system and WiFi.
After arriving at our delightful little one-star hostel called Hotel San Tomaso, there are several observations that can easily be made.
MILAN AFTER DARK
This is a city that most certainly sleeps. By 9 o’clock. So arriving Friday night with the intention to save a midnight snack until we arrive in the city proper, well…that was not the best move.
Staying in northern portion of the city a mere 10-15 minute walk from the Duomo, we quickly found that a midnight snack was not to be had. After four out of six of Team America gave up, two brave hungry souls ventured off into the ominous quiet and found one beacon of hope: Mama Burger.
While I was not involved in this particular epic quest for nourishment, nor have I sampled the offerings, I’ve been told that Mama Burger/Kitchen serves the best burger the two adventurers had ever tasted. Bar none. And for the price of 10 euros, well, they managed to also make a friend in the process. Original burgers go for 10 euros, a meal deal with drink fries and a bacon cheeseburger goes for 16 euros. A giant gelato with three scoops that amount to a portion well larger than your stomach goes for 3.50, and the more manageable, more lactose-intolerant-friendly two scooper goes for 3 euros and very filling.
You can tell eating was a major part of this trip. I’ll go into those details in a bit though. Right now, it’s better to talk about how to reverse the effects of all those carbs and gelato: exercise.
HOW TO SEE THE CITY
With all of its winding roads, cobbled stones, and hidden gems, it is best to see Milan on foot or on bicycle. I must say that ambling toward the center of town and getting the spectacular approaching view of the Duomo is most certainly worth it. Getting to see mouth-watering automobiles just parking on the street (Teslas, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, oh my!), bits of paradise in the form of cobbled courtyards tucked away with a bit of sunlight, hidden corners where the abundant PDA that seems characteristic of the city almost looks sweet. It is all worth the blisters.
So we frolicked through parks, mimicked statues with angry faces, chased pigeons away from our picnic outside open castles, bought and drank four bottles of wine for 10 euros, roamed through the street fair outside our window. It was so relaxing and delightful, I wish I could go back.
Whilst walking throughout the city, however, it is hard to miss rows of yellow bicycles locked up and just itching to be ridden. Yes, Milan has a wonderful and comprehensive bike share program that you MUST take advantage of. For a mere 4 euros for the day, Team America spent two hours on a bike tour of the city, wandering, laughing, and just enjoying the sunshine. Once those bikes were returned, you have until 11:30PM the day you signed up to use a bike again for up to half an hour for free. So, naturally, we biked home from the Duomo that day, biked to dinner back to the Duomo, and basked in the freedom of it all.
That being said, beware a bit of soreness. It will come. Sitting on a hard bike seat while trying to navigate the oh so quaint cobbled streets takes a toll on your behind. Plan accordingly.
Okay, I’m running out of time before I have to take care of a few things. I will leave the food discussion for another post.
P.S. Abrupt departure more caused by the presence of a very loud, very scary fly in my room. Must retreat!