Frank and I have just returned from our first ever Eurotrip together. We spent 10 days exploring Italy and Greece, more specifically; Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Corfu and Athens. We traveled with a Contiki tour which is a coach company for 18-35 year olds. We met some amazing people and made memories that will last forever.
I learned a few things while traveling. It is a big world out there and it is fun to explore and learn the differences in culture. Here are a few tips if you ever travel through the above places..
1. Don't expect the pizza in Italy to be as good as New York pizza because it is not. The wine however is amazeballs.
2. With the above said always order the house red or white. It is cheaper then water and better then some of the more expensive bottles. Needless to say, to save money, we drank a lot of wine :)
3. No peace signs hand gestures in Italy. Apparently, it means you need a toilet.
4. Italians can have an entire conversation with just their hands. If you want to fit in and not look like a complete tourist, learn a few gestures.
5. The showers in Italy are 3 ft by 3ft. Ladies, stretch before your trip to ensure ability of shaving your legs.
6. In Greece, when crossing the street dont hold up your hand in the 'stop' position. Apparently it more or less means eff you and they will speed up in an attempt to hit you for insulting them. True story.
7. Gyros are not pronounced with a g sound but instead as it sounds when spelt 'euros' Apparently this is true in other parts of America as well. who knew? So, again if you dont want to look like an obvious American, you'll pronounce it the Greek way.
8. You can't flush toilet paper in Greece. Do you know who hard of a habit that is to break?
9. Greek salads dont have lettuce! this was a shocker.
10. In Europe your ATM pin can only be 4 digits.. mine is 7..furthermore, they are not as credit card friendly as America, imagine how much fun my first day in Europe was.
Here are a few of my fav pics from our 'holiday'...