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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Sunset in the eternal city

My uni timetable is rather weird this semester. It leaves me with a lot of free hours between courses, which I usually spend at the library, killing time and pretending to study.
On Wednesdays I finish “globalisation and new media” at 3pm, only to have to wait until 5pm for the last class of the day. To be honest, I rarely get any work done in those hours. As it’s the time for merenda, most of the times I am confused wether I crave a piece of cake, a double espresso or a nice cuppa tea. And usually end up chatting with my colleagues in the mensa.
Anyhow, today I decided to go for a walk. I crossed the ponte dei angeli and made my way to Piazza Navona, where I found a little café in one of the back streets and had a piece of cake and read a bit before I headed back to uni.

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The views on my way back confirmed my love for this amazing and beautiful city. Look at that wonder full sky!

XX, Angie

A weekend between sights and nostalgia

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Do you know whats the perks of living in a fascinating European capital? People are very inclined to come visit! I’m not saying that my humble existence isn’t enough, but I’m sure it helps! 😉
Last weekend Anna and Irene came to visit and we were the perfect tourists! We had caffé and cornetti, gelato, pizza and arancini, walked all around the historic centre: from the Vatican to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Largo Argentina, documented everything and took selfies in front of the Colosseum and spent way too much for a plate of pasta in one of the touristic restaurants.

But we also talked a lot, discussed language and the feeling of home, travels and dialects, swayed in high school memories, cooked dinner at home and baked cookies together, set our to explore the city without a map and when it started to rain we ended up in a little board game café. Because after all the girls came “to visit you, not the city”. ❤

Thanks for your visit, it meant a lot to me ^^ Here’s to the kind of friendships that’ll last forever!

XX, Zopfi

Autumn flavours

No, I don’t mean the smell of new books, notepads, pens and pencils. Although I did stock up my “school” supplies in order to be properly prepared for a new year of uni! Buying stationary is just the best of the whole “back to school” season – I don’t see why university students should miss out on the pleasure?! 😀
We have just finished “the last first week of classes for the rest of our lives” (cit. Giulia 2017). Things are starting to fall into place and I’m picking up my little routine again. We’re all a bit melancholic about the last year of the masters, but also excited and thrilled, curious and anxious – mostly about the dreading task of writing the thesis…

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With things starting to normalise after the holidays, I’ve also started baking again. Here’s my first autumnal bake this year, with lots of butter, cinnamon and an extra dash of rum (as always): a lovely spiced apple tart.

XX, Angie

Peter & Paul

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.

XX, Angie

Summery Rome

As a complete surprise, Gonzo came to visit me over the last few days. There’s public holidays in Kuwait, so he decided to come to Rome last minute, even if it was just for a couple of days. And it was beautiful!

We enjoyed summery Rome together, walked along the Tiber, had lots of coffe, gelato, granita and pizza, Gonzo rowed me on a boat on the little lake of Villa Borghese and made me feel like a princess, we went to the beach and Gonzo killed all the mosquitos in my room. Very romantic!
On the day he left, I had my English exam – but it went well, of course. After all, I’ve had a lot of practise these days 🙂

I hate it when he leaves though. It’s as if he’d take a giant leap and jumps right back into my phone. If I shake it hard enough, will he fall out and give me a hug?

XX, Angie

 

A summery walk in the city

Last week was super stressful. Also, it got quite hot here in Rome over the last couple of days. And what would be a better solution to unwind, relax and have a gelato than a coffee, cornetti and walk on the market of Campo de’ Fiori?

(We found a “biscotteria”. How amazing is that?? Translated it basically means cookie-shop)

Here are some impressions of summery Rome, enjoy! 😀

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XX, Angie

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

Still discovering

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.

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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!

XX, Angie