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

Birthday Weekend à la Romana

It was my birthday last Friday and it started with lovely phone calls, a colourful surprise from my amazing conquilina on the kitchen table and a nice Cappuccino and cornetto breakfast before spending all morning at uni.
When I finally came back home in the afternoon, the doorbell rang and with “c’é il fioraio” a massive colourful bunch of flowers got delivered to my door! Seriously, I only know this kind of things from the movies! Anyway, I had to go out to buy an adequate vase, as my little sunflower vase couldn’t handle this blooming monstrosity.
We went out for dinner to “A Remo”, apparently a very famous through and through Roman Pizzeria, where you have to queue to get a table, the waiters shout over the heads of the customers and carry as many as seven pizzas at once and no one speaks a word of English ^^ Giorgio made me try Puntarelle (a weird vegetable, veeery typical in Rome), Augusto shared his Supplí with me, Sabrina had me try the Mozzarella di Buffala on her pizza, I stole some fiori di zucca from Claudio and I actually ordered a Cappricciosa for myself. And even though all this food was more than enough we had some ice cream and a walk in Trastevere for dessert, it was warm like in a summer’s night. 🙂

On Saturday afternoon I went out with Peppe and his friends. We did the whole touristic tour from Campo dei fiori, up to la Lupa Capitolina, around the Colosseo, on to Piazza Navona and then the Spanish Steps. We took stupid tourist pictures and I had some lessons in Sicilian.

On Sunday was super sunny as well but I had a very quite day. I went for a walk in the morning and then employed most of the afternoon into making little Apple Crostats – like the apple pie my grandma makes, but in Italian shape.

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I might say I had a very lovely and very Roman birthday weekend 😀

Another year older:

XX, Angie