Tickets in hand, we boarded the correct train, remembering to stamp them at these little yellow boxes before boarding. Without this stamp, your ticket is invalid, and you are likely to be kicked off the train. The train made a surprising number of stops on the way to Pisa, but we finally arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon...just in time for a real Italian lunch. One of the API directors had recommended a little place called Vineria or something like that to Sam, so we were determined to find it. Of course, the torrential downpour started as soon as we disembarked, so we decided that a cab was our best bed. It only ended up costing a little more than a Euro apiece, and was well worth it. We found the restaurant with little trouble, where I had my first bowl of "real" Italian pasta. It was calmari pasta with fresh tomatoes, spinach, and an olive-oily-buttery sauce.
One example. There were many other varieties, group shots, and blooper photos that are posted on my facebook for the world to see.
After the tower, my roommates and I decided to get our first Italian gelato! It has been so cold here I haven't really wanted it, but I decided that if I kept putting it off, it would eventually be May and I'd be getting on the plane before realizing that I'd never had Italian gelato. I had almond flavor (I think), and it was quite good. We are still going to try Grom Gelato in Florence, which is supposed to be the most amazing gelato ever.
After gelato, it was nearly 4:15, so we decided to head back to the train station. We probably walked a good couple of miles (working off that gelato!) before we found it. Pisa actually has a very similar look to Florence, which I guess isn't surprising, since they are located so close together.
We caught the 5 o'clock train back to Florence, where we grabbed a quick dinner of Turkish kebabs (DELICIOUS) before settling down for the night. We were considering going out to the bars, but I decided I was too tired/cold/lazy to get all dressed up, so I promised Sam I'd go out with her tonight.