Christmas is all around us

Hollaroh lovely people of the internet! It’s been a while! ^^

(Well, it might seem like I’ve posted more frequently, but that’s just because I intend to write up all the entries I’ve missed and backdate them. After all, they’re lovely memories and I don’t want them to go amiss. For the record, this is the first proper post since June. Everything in between has been entered later)

Anyhow. It’s Christmas! … Well, it’s almost Christmas! This Year I had a bit of a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Rome is just not a very Christmas-y city. I miss the proper cold and the snow. Also, I’ve had a bunch of group projects and presentations to do at uni and we wrote the last exam yesterday; so I’ve spent most days of December at my desk studying.

But since last Sunday, I’m ready! I got the last presents and I bought a bunch of pasta and Italian sweets to bing home and even though I still had to study, the scented candles and the cheesy Christmas songs kept me going.
I’m actually writing this blogpost in the library of my uni right now. I should get some reading done for my masters thesis, but it’s the last day of class today and I don’t feel much like it. ^^

I’m not gonna lie, this Advent was everything else than slow and peaceful, but it had it’s quiet moments. And while it seems to have passed in an instant, now I’m so looking forward to go home for Christmas, relax, charge my batteries, spend time with my family, see my friends, eat all the traditional food and most of all: cookies! 😀

That’s the current fairy light situation in my room. Needless to say I am more than pleased.

Happy holidays, merry everything and happy always,

XX, Angie

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Roman Advent Adventures – Let there be light!

At the beginning of the week we wrote the first exam and after getting back to having a (social) life after weeks of studying, I went for a walk in the centre of Rome and noticed that over the last couple of days the streets have filled up with christmas decorations and lights – but they were not yet switched on!
I found that very peculiar, as the first Sunday of advent as well as the 1st of December have passed already. And what do you do in a foreign land when confronted with confusing local behavior? Right, you ask the locals!  And so I learned that the starting signal for all kinds of Christmas decoration in Italy is officially the 8th of December. It’s a holiday, so people stay home, put up and decorate the trees and get that festive spirit going – and the streets officially get illuminated.

Knowing this, yesterday evening I went out to explore festive Rome. The first stop was a Christmas market near Flaminio. Well, it was a crafts market with a lot of fairy lights and some Sicilian street food stands outside, to be honest. It was absolutely lovely, the whole venue was full of lights and looked very whimsical – but it was by no way a Christmas market: no mulled wine, no sausages, not cold enough. 😛
Next up was Via del Corso – and oh yes! Now we are talking Christmas: the whole street was covered with lights all the way down to Piazza Venezia and all the shops had festive decorations in the windows. I felt so happy walking under the fairy lights munching some castagne (roasted chestnuts) which just taste so christmassy and also kept my fingers warm. The street was full of people and I was very pleased that I didn’t have to do any crazy Christmas shopping!
After seeing the tree at Piazza Venezia and passing by Fontana di Trevi (which is not decorated in any way, but simply very beautiful at night) I went to Piazza Spagna, where a firework tree is gracing the steps: it’s animated lights that give the impression of fireworks in Christmas tree shape. It looks very impressive but I can’t decide wether it’s beautiful or tacky!

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Christmassy Rome: check!

To finish off the evening I returned home and warmed myself up with a hot tea with proper christmassy spices and all!

XX, Angie