Green Explosion

I know I’ve been to Kuwait for less that two weeks, but Rome changed while I was away: it’s so green now!

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It was raining the last couple of days and that gave it the last push. The Lungotevere and all the streets are lined with trees in full green coats and it feels like a natural spring-cleaning, the air smells light and fresh after the rain.

Spring has definitely sprung. I love it!

XX, Angie

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Arabian Nights

or: “the Kuwait Kilo” (we ate so much!)

Did this actually happen? Did I really travel 14 hours to Kuwait, spent 8 absolutely fantastic days in that incredible city, then travelled 17 hours back and am here in my little colourful room in Rome now? It seems like a dream. Everything is back to normal, my routine has me back.

But I did travel to Kuwait to see Gonzo and it was indeed amazing. ❤

Gonzo showed me around the city: the old market, the new malls, the futuristic skyscrapers; we ate in traditional restaurants and american food chains like Applebee’s, The Cheesecake Factory and Wendy’s; we had tea, hobnobs and baklava for breakfast and tried Arabian coffee and tea. We went for walks on the beach where I put my feet in the Persian Gulf and did big shoppings at the supermarket and wished that it was summer and Cinemadamare. I watched Gonzo shoot and I realized how much I missed it. We lingered on the hot mornings and went out in the night when the air was tolerable and a bit cooler. I enjoyed the view from his bedroom window on the 26th floor.

It was a an incredible experience! I have never travelled outside the western culture before, so for me it was a whole new adventure. It was strange to walk the boardwalk in Kuwait at night; when we sat down to watch the waves rolling in, it might have been Nova Siri and when we walked through the park in front of the mall, it could have been San Benedetto – except that it wasn’t. I hope this makes any sense!
I learned that money can buy just about anything and that shopping is an acceptable past-time in Kuwait, that apparently no tourists visit the city (measured according to the difficulties we had in order to find postcards) and that I needn’t worry so much about what I wore, people are very respectful.

All in all it reminded me a lot about southern Italy: hot, sandy, messy and noisy – but the people are incredibly nice! 😉

Last year we were in Edinburgh over Easter. Never in a million years would I have thought to go to Kuwait just a year later. It’s funny how sometimes life holds such unexpected surprises!

XX, Angie

Mamabesuch!

Mama_Collage.jpgAs schools in Austria close for easter holidays already during the whole of holy week (as oppose to Italy, where schools and unis only close after Wednesday), my mum came to visit me in Rome! ❤ She recently discovered online booking, so the whole trip was planned and booked when she arrived.

Unfortunately I couldn’t spend all the time with her, as I still had lessons and even an exam on Wednesday (Economics, urgh!) but we managed to spend a lot of time together. It was so good to show her “my Rome” and we had a really nice time!

We had authentic Pizza, went to see a Burlesque show, had caffé and cornetto, lunched in a little restaurant just around the corner of Saint Peter’s square (but hidden from the tourists), I introduced her to fried zucchini flowers and showed her the little mercato close to my house. But the highlights were definitely the guided tour she’d booked for us through Saint Peter’s church and the cupola on Wednesday afternoon just after I finished my exam, and the tour of the Colosseo, Palatine Hill, the Forum Romanum, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona on Thursday – yes, that was one massive walking tour and afterwards we rewarded ourselves with a proper pizza and amazing gelato. 😀

I really enjoyed having my mum here, strolling through the streets together, pointing out my favourite vincolos and gelaterias and take her to shop at Tiger (she loves colourful useless things just as much as I do). The best part was that I could finally show her my little apartment and room, which she’s only seen on Skype so far and that she could help me pack and get ready for my journey to Kuwait.

On Friday morning she came to pick me up and we had breakfast together before she saw me off to the airport. Everything’s just so much nicer with a mum around 🙂

Danke Mama, hab die Woche sehr genossen!

XX, Angie

Ho fatto una Pastiera e ne sono molto fiera!

After baking a Tortano last year, which turned out really good actually, the only logical next step in my Italian easter baking progression, was to attempt a Pastiera.

I read a bunch of recipes over the last week, did a big ingredients shopping and finally on the weekend, between studying and skype-writing a group project with my colleagues from uni, I baked the Napolitan easter cake, filled with cooked grain, a rich ricotta cream and candid orange and lemon zest.

It’s a rather complicated recipe and basically every nonna has her own version. My hopes weren’t that high, given that it was my first attempt, but I got a bunch of compliments from my flatmates and my friends from uni, so I guess I’ve done well. 🙂

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I am really proud of it, especially as it was the first time I made it! Now I’m one step closer to obtain the official grandma-certificate 😉

XX, Angie