can't believe quite how quickly the days go by, and it's currently midnight of our 3rd day here in Turin! i've been good and have found time to edit some more photos, from our 2nd day, so here they are and i hope you'd enjoy looking at them!
i'm just glad i have the time to sit down and document these days, every morning of waking up in a strange and wonderful land is a deliciously exciting experience i savor with my very being. feeling cobbled pavements beneath my feet, listening to people speaking languages that are incomprehensible to my ears, taking in the sights and sounds of a foreign city. it's an incredibly exhilarating whole new world, and i love it!
we look forward to breakfast every day: simple fare but oh-so-satisfying :)
baguette, scrambled eggs, ham, yogurt and muesli for breakfast every morning at the hotel!
random flowers. purple and yellow. beautiful combination!
something we don't do often enough in Singapore: to get around from place to place with our own two feet! it takes 20 minutes of leisurely walking to get to our rehearsal venue from our hotel. it's nice to have the luxury of time, and i think we spend at least one to two hours a day simply walking around and getting from place to place.. my feet are complaining from all the walking, but i actually enjoy it very much!
my comfortable pair of fuzzy zebra sandals that's been making their rounds on the cobbled pavements of Turin. they are from Sœurs! you still get 10% discount off when you quote my name, until the end of August! Sœurs is located at Cathay Cineleisure, #02-12.
rehearsal time. we rehearse for 3 hours every morning, and break for coffee in at the cafe next door, in between.
a chocolate croissant and expresso macchiato. need some caffeine to perk me up!
inside the cafe, it's just one of the many cafes peppered along the streets of Italy, it's hard to find bad coffee in Italy so you probably won't go wrong anywhere :)
Marissa and Fish! :)
after an exhausting morning rehearsal, we are all famished (or perhaps just greedy for more good food) and thus begins the search for our next meal: lunch! it's easy: we simply roam the streets and settle on any restaurant in sight. so far so good: i don't think i've actually tasted anything bad yet! when it comes to Italian food, nothing is ever quite close to the real thing. so cheap and good at the same time! always looking forward to our next meal!
a bolognese pasta stuffed with ragu (rabbit meat?!) the sauce is so meaty and rich and tangy!
vongole tagliatelle that won a thumbs up from everyone! i think we are definitely going back again for this dish.
ham and mushroom pizza, can't go wrong with this either!
on the other side of the table:
and on our side.
we share all the food, so we get the best of both worlds! i love variety when it comes to food, and every meal hardly costs anything more than 9 or 10 euros (SGD15) after splitting the bill! yummy in my tummy.
and how else to walk off the gratifying lunch, but to walk and shop! seems like it's the perfect season for shopping, because every shop is on sale!!! there's a huge ZARA store just a couple streets away from our hotel, and we spent our afternoon shopping away! haven't got the opportunity to visit any of the luxury brand stores yet though, cos Turin is quite small and there aren't so many of those shops!
by the way, SALDI means "Sale" in Italian! now you know :D
SO CUTE! i still can't get used to seeing so many pooches on the streets and even in the shops! but they are all so well-behaved and adorable! how i wish i could bring my dogs around the shops in Singapore too!
i wanted to buy more, but this is what i've got for myself so far!!! a pair of black shorts and a denim shirt that were less than 20 euros each, a pair of flats for only 13 euros, (all on sale from ZARA!) and a makeup palette from H&M for like less than 8 euros. cute daisies headband too,
yay! pretty new buys :D
when in Italy, do as the Italians do... eat lots of gelato!
i finally finally got my first taste of gelato this trip: we went a little gelato crazy on our last trip to Italy two years ago, but have decided to rein in our insatiable appetite for gelato just a little bit this time round! heh. Grom is a super well known gelato shop and it is deeee-leeee-cious! was so happy to find a Grom just 3 minutes away from the hotel, it's literally only around the corner!
a medium cup with three flavors costs 3 euros!
for our first cup: pistachio, yogurt and nocciola (hazelnut) flavors! oh i have missed nocciolla flavored gelato so so so much!!! we are now united.
YAY! first gelato of the trip!
happy happpyyyy!!!! didn't disappoint at all and now i would like to have more nociolla ice cream please, thank you very much!
we attended an opening singing session that was part of the Europa Cantat festival in the evening, and it was SO amazing! a sight that you'd be hard-pressed to see in Singapore. ranging from the young to the old, so many people all there to sing and listen in the open air arena the session was held at!
came prepared with our song books too!
while waiting for the session to start...
look at the crowds!! we didn't manage to get any seats, so to the ground we went :S
contest of the giant mouths
and the opening singing begins!! it is so fun, like a giant sing-a-long campfire session, and i just love how everyone is singing and moving along to the music!
there's even actions for one of the songs!
a wonderful sight to behold! music is such an integral part of their culture and they enjoy it so much. it was so fun to do the open singing session!! we'll probably go again another night!
the best way to end a long day of work and play: cup noodle party!
we are fast depleting our stores of cup noodles! it's time to hit the local supermarkets, maybe we'll find some instant pasta instead... hehe.
i am going to bed now, and we have a morning off tomorrow, so i'll probably stay in our hotel room to get some work done! i'm so grateful for the Wi-Fi connection, been Skyping regularly with YZ and missing him from here, as well as being able to instagram and blog and check emails and all that! though right now i am really tired and am going straight to bed after completing this entry.
ciao ciao and good night! :)