A family weekend

I know October only has 31 days, but this one seemed so long! How did so many things fit into one singe month? It feels like only yesterday that Gonzo left, Uni started again, we went to London and two of my best friends came to visit – and last weekend my family came (and the month still isn’t over yet!)

My dad, Kathi and Max took the night train from Austria and arrived early on Thursday morning. And that only meant one thing: the first round of caffé and cornetti 🙂
After a quick refreshment we stared our tour, as we had a lot to go through. Max had never been to Rome before, so we had to give him a proper introduction: a walk through the centre including all the major sights, pizza al taglio for lunch, gelato on the go and on to the Aventin hill just in time for the sunset, overlooking the city dipped in orange – so beautiful! Finished off with dinner in Trastevere. Thadaa – Rome in a nutshell.

Even if they’ve basically seen everything now (I’m a very efficient tour guide) I’m glad they stayed a bit longer! On day 2 ATAC was on strike and tried to sabotage our plans – but we were a step ahead and outsmarted them by actually visiting the Colosseum and the Froum Romanum from inside, where we stayed for the main part of the day. Obviously we took a bunch of photos and listened to our audioguides very attentively – in cased we’d have to fill out a questionnaire about ancient Rome when we’d get home 😉 Just before lunch time, Manner saved us from death by hangriness. Being good Austrians we obviously had some handy! We spent the rest of the day wandering around and exploring ruins and churches before retiring to an early dinner. However, the plan of going home early and rest our hurting feet didn’t quite work out, as a wild Irish Pub crossed our path (or did we cross the Pub’s path?) and we kinda got stuck there.

On their last day, we went to the Roman Harley Davidson Shop and the Hard Rock cafe, tossed a coin in the Fontana di Trevi and had fancy Magnum ice cream. We did some shopping for crucial train journey supplies and edible souvenirs (mainly coffee and crema di pistacchio) and I prepared lunch packages for their homeward journey.

When I saw them off at Termini, I was really sad. Usually, people come to visit me by plane, so we’d say a quick good bye at the bus to the airport. But I actually accompanied them to the train station and we hugged good bye in the big arrival hall of Roma Termini. I feel like the station and all the hustle around make the scene much more dramatic. After they left I felt quite lonely when I took the metro back home and didn’t have to make sure, everyone got off at the right stop.

But I am so happy! It was a lovely weekend and even though Kathi and dad were her already last year, we managed to see many new things. I always enjoy sharing my little Rome, my discoveries, hidden alleys and favourite gelateria.

Hab euch lieb!

XX, Angie

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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