Almost as if to say good bye to me, the city of Rome organised a massive firework today – but it’s actually intended to honour the saints of the city: San Pietro e Paolo.
I spent the afternoon walking though the city and showing my favourite gelateria to one of Gonzo’s colleagues from Kuwait, who was touring Europe and happened to visit Rome that day. After some touristing around Campo de Fiori and Trastevere with him and his American friends (who were absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty of Rome in a very entertaining, American way) I steered the whole party towards the Piazza del Popolo, where the firework took place.
Of course the piazza was packed; I think I’ve never seen so many people in Rome at once. But it was a lovely summer evening and everyone was in a good mood.
The firework itself was absolutely amazing! It was accompanied by classical and pop music and the fireworks went along perfectly with the music! It was simply breathtaking – and it lasted forever!
Thanks, Roma, for such a beautiful farewell! Tomorrow I’ll be off to the airport at dawn, ready for an Austrian summer.
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.
It was really lovely weather today and I had a really productive day. After days of studying at home, I finally had to get up with a purpose this morning as I met with my colleagues at the university library to do some course work (we have to analyse the websites of the major banks in Italy and it’s terrifying how badly constructed they are!)
We finished around lunch time and I decided to have a piece of pizza on the go (melanzane e formaggio – sooo good!) as I went for a walk in the sunshine. I first started my usual route: past the Borgo Sant’Angelo and towards Piazza Navona, but then I decided to get lost and chose a street I never walked before, only to discover a whimsical narrow street with cute shops and little workshops.
I had a lovely stroll to Largo Argentina and then onwards to Piramide, where I joined Goirgio and we went to another library together. We got a little studying done, but eventually time for merenda came and as you know, I really do take that seriously! 😉 So I dragged Giorgio out of the library and we agreed to take a “quick coffee” at the first place we’d find – only to stumble over a fancy looking Pasticceria with the most delicious looking sweets in the vitrine. And guess what? They even had Sacher cake! So “quick” got cancelled and we sat down on one of the small marble tables and had a lovely fancy afternoon coffee and cake.
And that’s it. Full of cake and happiness I went home (being super responsible and all, Giorgio went back to study) What a perfect way to end a super sunny, happy and productive day!
Last weekend my dad came to visit me – and he brought my little sister along as a surprise! 😀
I was so happy to see them both – but especially Kathi, as she was making quite sure I knew how busy she was and how she absolutely had no time to come to Italy when I invited her – well played! 😛
Well, we had quite some busy days here too, based on all the sights, cappuccini and cornetti we ticked off our tourist bucket list. Basically, I managed to show them all major tourist sites of the eternal city in just about three days – we even spent one day at the beach, soaking up Italian autumnal sunshine (people were still swimming in the sea!).
I know it sounds a bit stressful, but mind you, we had enough coffee and gelato brakes to regain strength and energy throughout: my dad absolutely loves Italian espresso and la dolce vita, so coffee in the sun at least thrice a day was obligatory – and so was delicious dinner!
We had a really lovely time discovering Rome together and it was a good feeling to show them my room, the streets I walk in every day on my way to uni, the uni itself and my favourite spots in the city. After explaining everything on Skype, it was nice to share it in “real life”.
I’m looking forward to the next visit! (In the spring the orange trees are in bloom… ^^)