How to celebrate a Birthday the Italian Way

Exam season has officially started – actually, come to think of it, it never really stopped in the first place… 😛 Anyhow, this weekend I got a little break from it all and spend two lovely days in Ronciglione, a tiny village just out of Rome.

The bus ride was about an hour, departing from a small train station in the outskirts of the city. It reminded me a lot of when I used to commute to Salzburg while doing the bachelor’s degree.

I went there to celebrate the birthday of my friend Ilaria and, as you might imagine, the festivities consisted mainly in eating – the proper Italian way! 😀
On Saturday I arrived just in time for lunch: Ilaria’s mum had prepared the most amazing Parmigiana! But of course there was also a Primo and a Frittata and after the main dish some fruit and of course dessert (not the birthday cake, mind you!). After lunch, in order to avoid falling into a coma, we went for a walk and Ilaria showed me the streets she grew up in.
In the evening the actual party started, friends and family members gathered and some more food got involved. Ilaria’s mum had baked a massive Torta with strawberries and vanilla cream and was constantly worried that there might not be enough for everyone. It was an absolutely lovely evening, people complimented my Italian, we spoke about music and movies and eventually watched Harry Potter films.

This Sunday was Mother’s Day both here in Italy and in Austria. When I told my mum that I was gonna spend the weekend with Ilaria’s family, she was happy that I’d be with some mum at least.
In the morning we had a nice walk to the local park where we had fun making flower crowns and gossiping. After another amazing lunch (which was very poor and only the leftovers according to Ilaria’s mum ^^) I took the bus back to Rome.

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When I walked down Via Boccea, I felt like I’ve been away for at least a week. It was good to get some rest and not study at all for a bit.

Now I feel revived and the stress can begin again 😉

XX, Angie

The collateral bunch of flowers ;)

One exam down, about a hundred more to go. That could easily be the motto of my weekend, and actually the whole of spring until July.

I spent a whole grey and rainy morning trying to figure out what to study next, which summaries and essays I still have to write and which deadline is the most pressing.

But after lunch the sky cleared up and the sun came out, so I did the only sensible thing to do: I let all my writing and deadlines be and went to have a walk in the centre.
My steps carried me over Piazza Navona to the flower market on Campo de’ fiori, one of my favourite places in Rome. It’s always alive with tourists, vendors and Italians trying to get their shopping done. I had a walk in the narrow streets surrounding it and read a couple of chapters sitting in a small park, enjoying the sunshine.

And then, just before catching the bus home, I couldn’t resist the temptation any longer and bought a beautiful bunch of marguerites.

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Happy Saturday!

XX, Angie

City of Stars – La La Land in concert

Yesterday me and some friends went to see Tess & the Yellow Cabbies, a jazz band that played the most famous numbers from the soundtrack of La La Land.
The five-man band consisted of piano, contrabass, drums, trumpet and saxophone/flute plus the singer, who was American, but made all her announcements in a sweet Italian with a very strong accent and declared her love for Italy and La La Land more than once.

The show was great! I love the soundtrack and hearing it live made it even better! They did some very nice improvisations (just like the character of Seb explains in the film: they are the heart and soul of jazz) and when Tess and the piano player sang the slow duet “City of Stars”, the whole audience sang along.

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The evening was supposed to end with a Swing dance party, but we soon discovered that the DJ who took over, didn’t take that very seriously. After some swing-ish songs, he shifted toward Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly and eventually The Beatles.
I certainly did not complain and we sang along and danced until we couldn’t feel our feet! 🙂

Here’s to the dreamers,
XX, Angie

Procrastibaking

So tomorrow I have an important exam – and what would be more adequate now than baking a fresh plum galette? … Studying? Revising? Meh! I believe making sure to have a fulfilling breakfast for the next day, that will allow me to start the day in the best way possible (with freshly baked goods obviously) and therefore focus perfectly on the exam, has to be my absolute priority now 😉

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In my defense, plums are finally in season in Italy and they just looked so juicy and sweet. I mean, they basically asked for it! I promise it was a very quick bake and afterwards I returned to my desk and went over all the important con concepts of Web Marketing one last time.

XX, Angie

Edit 6.5.: We got the marks, and let me just tell you: I did well. The cake definitely helped 😀