As part of our winter escape, Andy and I spent a month living in Pisa, Italy. We spent the month alternating between work and exploring Tuscany, although the balance was a bit off for several reasons. In general, basing yourself in one place for a long period of time is a great way to explore the surrounding area. Here’s what we spent for a month living in Pisa and traveling in Tuscany.
During our time in Pisa, Andy and I tried to see as much as Tuscany as we could. We worked during the week and took day trips or overnight trips on the weekends to places like Lucca, Siena, and Cortona. On one weekend, we decided to change things up by going to the seaside city of Livorno instead of another typical Tuscan village. We loved those Tuscan towns, but we thought it might be nice to do something different. We were wrong.
I’ve never been one to track down filming locations of movies or TV shows. But if it’s a gorgeous location on top of being in a movie I loved, I might be more interested. Andy and I spent a month living in and attempting to explore Tuscany, and we both really loved the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, which takes place in Cortona. With two nights between the end of our apartment rental in Pisa and our overnight ferry to Spain, we decided to check out this little village in southern Tuscany.
I’ve been freelancing now for about a year and a half. It started out slow, but last summer things started to pick up. One contract in particular started sending me more and more work, and it was work I enjoyed. But over the past few months I’ve felt like it was time for more. At the beginning of April, another blogger posted that she was hiring someone to help with some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of her blog, and I applied.
Cinque Terre is one of the most popular areas of Italy for travelers. The row of tiny fishing villages impress visitors with colorful buildings clinging to the coast and hiking trails up on the cliffs. I went for a weekend solo trip while Andy was geeking out at a comic book festival in Lucca. Though it wasn’t my best solo trip, I’d still recommend visiting during a trip to Italy. Here’s how much I spent traveling in Cinque Terre for a weekend.
One of the reasons we ended up in Pisa for a month, besides simply wanting to see more of Tuscany, was a big comic book festival in Lucca. I have no interest in stuff like that, but Andy really wanted to go. Pisa is relatively close to Cinque Terre, and since Andy had already been there but I had not, I planned a weekend solo trip while he was enjoying the comics. It was not my best solo trip ever.
Food controls us in so many different ways. It’s unavoidable. We need food to survive. But I never really understood just controlling food can be until I spent 30 days eating a strict Paleo diet. Andy decided to join me on the experiment, which I did not expect, but it made it a little easier to take knowing we were in it together. Here’s how our month went.
Recently the bulk of my time has been focused on moving stress and just staying afloat. I’ve gotten way behind on blogging about our winter trip, and I’ve been dealing with some big dietary changes. But finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. As this post goes live, movers are lugging our stuff from the temporary apartment to our new apartment, which is such a relief. Andy and I also have lots of exciting travel plans for May, June, and July.
Boxes are everywhere. Sheets are taped up over the windows. Light bulbs are hanging out of the ceiling. We often have trouble finding things that are still packed away. It looks like we just moved in a couple days ago, but it’s actually been three weeks. And it’s driving me nuts.
Siena is one of the most popular cities in Tuscany, so it was an obvious choice for a visit while we were staying in Pisa. We could’ve gone as a day trip, but by that point we were really getting sick of our uncomfortable bed and we needed a break. So we decided to splurge a little and stay overnight, and it was totally worth it.