Today following my trip to the grocery store I decided to make my way to IKEA so that I could get some bedding and towels. The IKEA was only about 25 minutes away when driving, but I do not have a car so I had to take public transportation. Luckily there was a bus stop right in front of the IKEA and I was able to catch a train Melide so that I could get on that bus.
However when I got off this train I couldn't find the bus stop that said the right train number, a bus pulled up and I asked the driver where the stop was, he told me I was in the wrong place but was headed there so to get on. He dropped me off at his next stop and pointed to the right stop. I walked over and sat down and checked google maps— the next bus didn't come for thirty minutes (hence boredom selfies). Overall it took about two hours on public transportation including the mixup.
Honestly, I am still trying to figure out what this sign on the train means? Run to the door? Break the window? Rub the broken glass?? Idk. The transportation to IKEA was 18CHF round trip (approx $20 USD). I'm dreaming of the days of using the NY subway system.
Little did I know getting to IKEA would be only the beginning of the confusion. I never realized how many signs IKEA has directing you, these were of course all in Italian. I think I walked around for twenty minutes trying to find the entrance- no joke.
As it turns out the entrance is on the second floor and you have to walk immediately upstairs to the third floor to enter! I was able to get some cute bedding at a reasonable price, but as I lay here writing this I'm realizing I've been spoiled by the comfort of my bamboo sheets and duvet cover from Pottery Barn. I need to find some fabric softener FAST!!!
After getting my bed put together we went to a wine tasting event in town that the university encouraged us to go to. We walked for around 30 minutes down the streets of Mendrisio when we finally arrived to the event!
It was so beautiful. The street was lined with homes that seemed to be elevated above a garage, but later we realized that every house was elevated above a wine cellar entrance and all the cellars had been opened for the tasting. It was really amazing to see this small community shine!
The event cost 5CHF to enter, another 5CHF for the glass, and then 4CHF for each taste (lol). So basically I had a 14CHF sample of wine.
We walked back and I managed to snag a few photos on the walk, it truly is such a beautiful little place.
We got back to the casa right around sunset and the cloud from a stormy day had cleared revealing a beautiful sunset!