Extreme – Not Expensive – 15Day – Italy Trip

I’m not rich at all, but money hasn’t been a problem to plan on travel. God has always been the sponsor to fulfill every desire my heart has prayed and not prayed for. He is a dream granter, an impossible conqueror, the provider every soul looks for in a father, and a very lovable friend with whom you can enjoy everything.

This time, the bucket list was checked again on the Italian wished dream. What certainly made it an over the top miracle was that my traveling buddies were my Mom and sister. Two years ago, my mom left to live to another city far away from us and her life was so difficult, we couldn’t even imagine been together on such a wonderful trip years later. But a miracle happened and we were able to join Sofia’s plan to visit this beautiful country.

We planned it justa few weeks before, but were able to find nice prices on the plane tickets. Though we found good prices on hotels, they weren’t as nice as we could’ve found with a little more time to book ahead. But, still we managed to reserve on great locations, excellent service and not-so-expensive prices.

In this post I want to share three things with you. First, a postcard with a 4 day Rome itinerary you can print/save, and take with you for a trip you make to Europe and want to add Rome to your plan. Second, a full 15-day itinerary for just Italy with a check space so you can mark on the things you’ve already done. It is written according to locations and was the plan we followed, so it is possible to visit everything on the list. And third, a list of tips if this is your first time that you’ll find helpful before you travel. If you want me to send anything privately to your email, please follow the blog, and I’ll be sending an email with it.

Click on this link to see the whole itinerary—>

https://tinyurl.com/ItalyBugambilia

List on things you should know:

  • For this specific train we bought the Italian train pass from Eurail for six days of traveling. You can travel six days and distribute them according to your plan; you can use unlimited distances among each day you use. For example, the day we went to Cinque Terre, we used a day of the pass for the 5 towns and to go back to Florence. DOWNLOAD the app it’s easy and needed to plan your leaving and arriving times. You’ll need to buy the pass before your trip. They don’t sell it in Europe.
  • GetYourGuide is one of the best web sites you can find to book on tours and passes to skip lines on the main attractions. We bought the entrance tickets and guide for the Vatican that included the museums, map room, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Cathedral. I compared prices with Viator.com and were cheaper.
  • For de Duomo at Florence, Uffizi, Pompeii, we bought them directly to the official website of the places.
  • In Apple Music (and I suppose on Spotify also) you can search for free Audio Guides for most of the famous spots in Italy. I downloaded them before leaving the hotel in order to be able to hear them offline. This shapes you save a lot of money on guides. Italy has a lot of history!!! It’s crazy how many things you can find and won’t be able to retain all the information, so take a notebook with you and you can later search for information on places you found interesting.
  • DON’T TRAVEL ON SUMMER. though I enjoyed a lot, it is SUPER CROWDED and SUPER HOT.
  • For Florence, you will like to buy the ticket for the Duomo, cathedral, baptistery, the tower, and the museum on their website to skip lines, but you’ll need to register the day of your visit to the duomo at their offices in a automatic machine they have available. You can only use the ticket during 72hrs and the Duomo should be your last attraction to get in.
  • You can buy your tickets ahead or at the ticket office for Pompeii, but PLEASE plan your visit ahead or book a guided tour. There’s a map available on their website that indicates different kinds of routes you can make at the place depending on the time you have available.
  • For all the galleries I always try to make a list on the paintings I want to look at each site before I go. This way you won’t miss them, if it’s too crowded or the museum is too big to see everything and you have a tight schedule to stick on for that day.
  • Castle Sant’Angelo has a half price ticket after 7pm which was perfect to see the summer sunset and night view of the city while having dinner at the restaurant.
  • PLEASE BOOK A GUIDE for VATICAN it’s just to much you won’t be able to understand and enjoy anything without it.
  • Taste as many gelatos as you can.
  • Look for the shows happening at the Verona Arena when you’ll be visiting. I missed Evanescene #sadstory
  • This wasn’t exhausting at all, but I recommend you take naps in the trains. Eat as much protein as you can, bring a bottle of water with you. You’ll be able to fill it on the many fountains available around the cities.
  • You’ll need A LOT of cash,unlike other cities in Europe, they charge taxes on hotels apart and in cash at your arrival.

Hoteles we stayed in:

Booked Tours:

AudioGuides Albums on Apple Music:

For more tips, pictures, and crazy reviews, take a look at my instagram profile: @MexicanBugambilia Highlights – “Italia”. You can follow a day by day post with awesome pictures shot by my sister.

“Ciudad de los Dioses” AKA Teotihuacán

Two hours from Mexico City one of the oldest pyramidal basements in the entire world is situated in what means “The City of the Gods”. Two-thousand-years-old city.

It still keeps some original painted murals.

And this is what I found fascinating about this second visit I made the past Monday:

    They were greatly influenced by their contemporaneous , the Mayan. They used their numeration system, some paintings in the walls, shared many of their gods (but with different names), used items developed by them like the rubber vulcanized ball, jade, sea shells, among other traded stuff.
Look at the sea shell
    Women were more important than man because they meant fertility on earth.
    Both the Sun and the Moon pyramids resembled the two hills behind them in form. Just as in Machu Picchu.
    As in Chichén Itzá, the principal pyramid was built over a water spring. In the Sun’s pyramid it was used to offer sacrifices. The one in Kukulkan’s pyramid has just recently been discovered.
    the altar right in front of the Moon’s pyramid was used by the “Tlatoani” to speak to the city and it has such a great acoustic everyone as far as 100 meters could hear him if they were standing over ground level. I’ll show you a demonstration I was forced to make by my friend jaja.
    they had a sophisticated drainage system used for W.C.!!!!!! This is crazy cause only Mayan civilizations had this at this time in the history of the entire WORLD.
Water flow recreation
    They didn’t care much for the ecology as I thought, they were pretty wasteful and tear down tons of trees that later made the land dry and ran out of water and food because of this….. Many of the vegetation you get to see here is not the original, but you can see the original in a little garden INAH made to recreate the natural ecosystem back then.
    There’s a Japanese archeologist working for Tehotihuacan.
    They used obsidian as lenses to see the sun and analyze eclipses and other astronomical events.

Love this place, love my culture, love learning new things from Mexico’s history and links among prehispanic cultures. Después de esto debes visitar el Templo Mayor en el centro histórico y después recorrer la sala maya, Mexica y de Tehotihuacán del Museo de Antropología e Historia.

Not the fittest

Whoever has the luck to know me, remembers I’m the worst at sports. I’m extremely clumsy, highly weak, hate diets and spending money on any kind of expertise clothes.

A year ago, my pastor invited us to prove ourselves we could exercise our character by exercising physically. I try to always accept new challenges that will encourage my soul to get new spiritual victories. It doesn’t matter if by challenges means living an imminent trial, or face the discipline of a bad decision or sin. I know this life is short and anything matters if it will make it great up in heaven. So … this was a hard one for my beautiful, spoiled flesh.

Anyways… I started running, which I happened not to hate at all. The day I started I ran five km ! So it was not that bad. A week later I ran 8 kilometers (two from which I ran eating a delicious banana bread I found in the way back) and I felt great. A week after this one, I decided it would be good to buy some help for my tennis to make it more comfy to step. BAAAAAD IDEA I couldn’t even run three kms and I was in a huge knee pain I couldn’t even stand up. I didn’t went immediately to the doctor, so it got worse, and after three days of not getting any better, I decided to go to a friend’s physiotherapy gym.

I got better after I took the third session with this friend. He invited me to keep on going to the gym for functional workouts. I thought I could give it a try so I payed for a whole month subscription and I started right away.

Because I payed, I felt greatly motivated to go for at least three days a week. When the month finished, I couldn’t lie to myself. I was in love with this new thing. I paid for the next month and started going four days a week.

None of my family or friends believed what they were seeing. I was actually enjoying exercise.

Last month I realized it’s been a year since I first started, and I wanted to share my experience in a list so it may motivate you to start. If you have started, but feel discouraged about something, I hope this anecdotes can motivate you to continue.

    I’m clumsy as hell. I was afraid this wouldn’t be easy at all for me to do Functional Workouts cause it involves coordination, equilibrium, concentration which I happened to lack. For example, the first week they made me jump the rope. I’ve never done it before (as shocking as it sounds), but I tried, and tried and tried. At the end of the month I was able to do it. Now I love it haha.
    Once the instructor taught me how to use de TRX to do push ups. Thank God I was alone, cause I can’t tell you how long it took me to get it. We laughed for like 10 minutes jajaja.
    On Fridays I invite some friends to train with me. It makes it a motivation, because if you know me, I can’t have a Friday without plans. And this keeps me from not going, I make it “part of my Friday plan”. Soooo Party, we put on the music we like, laugh and compete (secretly). It feels so good to get out from the gym to continue partying the afternoon away. Jaja no regrets after desserts
    There was this time when, on Friday with a friend, we were doing an exercise with elastic bands. We were told to pay attention at the instructor first and then do the exercise. Of course I started imitating the instructor instead of waiting, and accidentally lost control of the band and it slammed my neck. We were not able to breathe for minutes; I was laughing so hard.
    There’s no way I can train with reggaeton, my breathing gets irregular, I start concentrating on the pain because I can’t sing to that music, my mind starts getting anxious because of the lyrics,, etc. So it has been really important for me that I can suggest the music I like to train with. That’s one the most important reasons why I continue in this gym. It’s no joke, for me to achieve goals during one day training, this has been crucial.
    Instructors are so relaxed, they keep the gym in a great mood, so you, as a girl, won’t feel observed. There’s always a feeling of respect among everyone and this helps not to get embarrassed and continue trying your best. You can get to feel the most confident on their instruction, that it makes it easy for you to build a good relationship with them and see the results in your body shape. They help you to achieve your personal goals, and motivate you do more than you think you’re able.
    After two months of exercising, my health improved in many ways. Relieving stress through working out is one of the GREATEST benefits I’ve got from it. Having less stress means better health.
    There has been a lot of times when, while doing some exercise, I start screaming to myself “I can’t do this”, “I’m done”, “I need to stop”, etc. It has been great to see what happens when I don’t believe myself and continue. I have achieved more than I ever imagine doing.

I could continue listing the many experiences I have won after a year of conquering this area in my life. I think character and discipline are things you can’t only pray for, those two aspects must be tried. For me, starting was the most difficult part of the experience. Continuing depends on how much you care about how others see you. If you do this for yourself, and to grow spiritually, it’s enough motivation. The other results you get after training, are great byproducts that help you make it part of your life routine.

If you have any excuses for this, just look at me. I’ve always been bullied for my clumsiness, I’ve always been weaker than my friends, vanity is not a motivation for me, and I will always love eating desserts. Write a comment to share your fears, or experiences. It would be great to laugh at others’ embarrassing moments.

the proof in videos:

Era la última ronda de cuatro. Si se dan cuenta, todos estos ejercicios los logré en una misma rola. Jajaja

Azul Histórico 

So I spent my anniversary at Azul Histórico. Such a beautiful place! The food is more than amazing. They have a wide variety of Mexican traditional plates and beverages.

You can taste plates from around the country. My favorites from Yucatán.

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I chose “Panuchos with Cochinita Pibil”  as the first course because, I was raised in Cancún and frequently ate Yucatán’s food therefore I could give an appropriate review.  They were DELICIOUS, with the original recipe, became the best I ever tasted.


Then “Mole Manchamanteles” with duck. This mole is made of pineapple and banana. The meal had a pear and apple kind-of  salad. It was awesome too. We, obviously ate this main course with handmade tortillas made of blue and white corn.


We love “Aguas frescas” in México, at this fancy Mexican restaurant you can find exotic flavors. We had the coconut horchata. YOU HAVE TO TASTE IT.

Dessert was not as good, but was cute. I order the chocolate tamale, but I loved my husband’s apple pie more.


What I love more about this place is the way the ambiance is planned to exalt one of the greatest riches Mexican culture can share to the world, its gastronomy. Mexican food happens to be one of the most delicious, diverse, and historic in the whole world. For us Mexicans, food represents our ancestors, love for others, and a gift to which we feel proud of. I believe no other country knows how to eat as we do. You can get close to this feelings in this place.

Mucho qué ofrecer 

Crudo desde mi cerebro…

Aura bistro 

Aura Bistro –> Bueno, bonito y cero caro

Pan francés delicioso, un tazón de fruta y café por menos de $100!

La atención es excelente y el sazón también. Acogedor y bien diseñado. Aceptan tarjeta y abren en días festivos.

 

Rosetta mailob 

Como todos mis amigos lo saben, soy fan de Panadería Rosetta. El pan dulce de aquí es sublime, en especial el rollo de guayaba con queso crema. 
Esta vez probé el té verde con sabor a palomitas de maíz, y aunque excéntrico, estaba delicioso.