How I Met My Best Friends George and Amal Clooney

While living in Florence, my friend Danielle suggested that we take a weekend trip to Lake Como. My initial reaction was “what dat?” But then I did some Google searching and learned of Lake Como’s dramatic views and celebrity residents (hello, George and Amal! It’s me, Nicky!!), and decided, yeah, okay, cool, let’s go.

Before I knew it, we were on a train headed to the ONLY hostel in all of Como. Yup, super quaint stuff. After a train ride, a ferry ride, and an over-priced taxi ride, we made it to our hostel in Menaggio at the strike of midnight to the sight of five European dudes sitting behind the front desk with our room key in hand (I, unfortunately, can’t tell you whether they were handsome or not because I was still frazzled after paying the taxi driver).

Either way, our Lake Como stay had begun. We woke up the next day and were greeted with those stunning views I told you about earlier.  Our day started with a “European breakfast,” which in hostel terms means free bread and orange juice.

Our hostel hosts and fellow guests were super helpful and chock full of information on what hikes to take and the best views to catch. But Danielle and I were like, "eff that!" Instead, we decided to gussy up and use our full day for an adventure out on the town. Shopping and food. Those were our main priorities.

Menaggio was cute and all, but Bellagio is the major hub, so we took a ferry and made our way up Lake Como. It seemed as though every corner of the little town had a cute shop or a delightful spot longing to be explored. On top of that were the views. You'd climb some stairs and get a whole new perspective of the surrounding lake, villages, etc. Don't believe me? Just check out some of the photos below! 

Here's a picture of my outfit: Grey H&M dress, pink Zara jacket, and comfy white converse.

Here's a picture of my outfit: Grey H&M dress, pink Zara jacket, and comfy white converse.

Photo of Bellagio by Danielle Cram.

Photo of Bellagio by Danielle Cram.

I was basically Danielle's muse for the day.Just call me Karlie Kloss,y'all. Choker: Nordstrom BP.

I was basically Danielle's muse for the day.Just call me Karlie Kloss,y'all. Choker: Nordstrom BP.

More exploring in Bellagio!

More exploring in Bellagio!

Bellagio lunch views! You jealous yet?! 

Bellagio lunch views! You jealous yet?! 

It's so flippin' Italian.

It's so flippin' Italian.

I know, I know, I know. You're totally hating on me. I don't blame you. Look at it! It's gorgeous! It's like the Italy you see in all the movies. Trust me, friends, I felt like one lucky duck. But after a few hours of exploring, eating, and shopping, we started to find ourselves turning around the same corners and bumping into the same old tourists looking for George and Amal (Just kidding! It was mostly me looking for the Clooneys). So we decided to rest on a bench over-looking the lake to regroup and decide our next move when we saw this:

We sat there mesmerized by this couple on a tiny rental boat. The dude jumped off the boat, swam to the diving board, and lived his damn life. Danielle and I sort of turned to each other and were like,

"Do you want to do that?"

"Yeah, but do you?"

"Yeah, but are you sure you want to?"

"Let's look into it and then decide."

"Good idea."

I wish the conversation were more of a "yeah! totally!" but we're ladies and we're indecisive and we just wanted each other to be happy, okay? Either way...

we DID IT.

I'm on a boat! Hi, George! Hi, Amal! Too many Clooney jokes? Okay, I'll stop. 

I'm on a boat! Hi, George! Hi, Amal! Too many Clooney jokes? Okay, I'll stop. 

Do you see that, dear reader? That on my face. Yes, there, just below the nose. That is what is called a "shit-eating grin" because, boy, I was happy!

It was surprisingly easy to rent a boat in Como, too. We just made our way back to the hostel, did some Google searching, and in an hour we we were on a boat in flipping Lake Como. It was the coolest! The dang coolest. 

Can we talk about that booty? 

Can we talk about that booty? 

That's where Anakin and Padme got married in the Star Wars Movie. Cool stuff! 

That's where Anakin and Padme got married in the Star Wars Movie. Cool stuff! 

Best way to check out Lake Como is by rental boat if ya ask me! 

Best way to check out Lake Como is by rental boat if ya ask me! 

After a tour around Como we decided to stop our boat and take a dip into the freezing cold lake water. Do you think we cared? Well, of course we did! We're two Florida girls! We like our warm beaches, people!  But, we did it anyway because we were in Italy, duh.

Feeling lucky selfie.

Feeling lucky selfie.

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We made our way back to our hostel with wet locks and stupid grins on our faces. Looking back, I wish I'd spent more time in Lake Como. I could have! Danielle had to leave the next morning for work but I guess I wasn't ready to hack it on my own, so we made our way back to Florence. Maybe one day I'll return on the behest of George and Amal. Wouldn't that be something?

Shout out to my adventure buddy, Danielle! I told you I'd use these pics one day. 

Shout out to my adventure buddy, Danielle! I told you I'd use these pics one day. 

This excursion taught me that travel isn't all about the sightseeing, the shopping, the eating, or the museums. I mean, that's definitely a major part of travel. You learn a lot that way—about history and culture. Plus, you eat a lot of good food, too. So much pasta! I mean, good pasta... but I digress.

This excursion taught me that travel is about the fun stuff, too. The REALLY fun stuff. The laughs, the swims, the jumps, the friends, the boats— the adventures, really. Basically, it taught me that I'm ready to incorporate more adventure into my travel itineraries! The stuff that scares you a little, you know. Sorry, mom! I know you don't like that! 

That's it for me! Besitos and well wishes! 

PS: The shoddy photos are by me. The really nice, clear, beautiful photos are by Danielle Cram Photography