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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Mamabesuch!

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

Oh là là, Tarantula!

This weekend my cousin Klaus came for a blitz-visit! He arrived late on Thursday and left early on Sunday – which means we had only two days to jam in the most of Rome we could. And we did!

On Friday we had a walk at the beach at Ostia and Aperol with a view of the seaside, took beach selfies and on the way back had Pasta at Eataly. We walked around Circo Massimo to the Colosseo, had ice cream and Aperitivo in the sunshine and finally went out for drinks with a view of the Colosseo (and met some interesting French guys! XD).

Saturday was the “let’s see all the important sights”-day. After a proper Roman breakfast with Maritozzi (brioche buns filled to the brim with whipped cream) and Tramezzini we took the bus to the centre and started our tour: being young and fit we managed to walk all the way from the Vatican to Castel Sant Angelo, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, on to the Trevi Fountain (where we tossed a coin, of course!) and the Spanish Steps, where we finally sat down for a coffee and consulted the guide book for all the sights we saw and just briefly stopped to take a picture before heading to the next one – that’s time efficient tourism! 😉 To end our little marathon we went to see the “Secret of Rome”, which apparently is not so secret any more, as there was a queue of people and a souvenir stand. So we skipped it. But we were just in time to see the sunset form the Orangery at the Aventine Hill, which is an absolutely fantastic view!

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Oh, and if you are wondering about the “Tarantula” in the title: On Thursday nigh, after picking up my cousin at Termini station and getting some pizza, we came home and my flatmate welcomed us with the news that she saw a big tarantula in the back of the kitchen.  😱
After the first panic faded away and Klaus’ face got some of it’s original colour back, we elaborated the subject a little more and it turned out that said “spider” had only four legs… and that Graziella confused our little house-lizard (we named him Lucio) with a massive spider.

Benvenuto in Italia, Klaus … and by the way, in summer there are scorpions too.

Thanks for the visit, the gossip, the memories, ice cream and post cards! Come back soon!

XX, Angie

Habemus visitors!

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!

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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… ^^)

XX, Angie

Unfinished business…

Once upon a December, in our first winter in the London, in the very beginning, when my sister Kathi and I used to live together in Queens Park, we decided to go ice skating.

We made it to the Natural History Museum ice rink but then decided very spontaneously to call the whole thing off. We went for a walk on the Southbank instead but as soon as we were home again, we regretted our decision – it’s just that ice skating on one of the picturesque rinks seems one of the things to do in London before Christmas.  And for reasons unknown we didn’t make it to go back and tick “ice skating in front of the Natural History Museum” off our list before Kathi left and went back to Austria. So there you go, that’s the story behind the unfinished business Kathi and I have in London.

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But never fear! I used my mighty older-sister-powers and fixed it! My Christmas present came early this year: I invited Kathi to London and we had the most magical Christmas weekend in London – including lots of tea and scones, long walks, talks and bus rides, Christmas departments and shopping for presents, a shoe exhibition, watching Frozen, cuddles, cookies and chocolate… and a skating session on the beautiful Swarovski ice rink! Tick! 😉

Hab dich lieb, kleiner Stern!

XXX, Angie

 

Oh Well!!

Did I ever mention how much I miss my Erasmus times? No? Well.. a lot! But I miss my Erasmus friends even more!

And so I was simply over the moon when Tici came to visit me last week – from Brazil!
I have to mention though, the whole thing was a bit spontaneous, in the sense of “I’m coming to Europe, are you there?” 🙂

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But, oh well, we had a lovely time, full of tourist attractions, musicals and curiosities. And I want to thank mother nature for the creation of the selfie-stick 😉

muitos beijos, Angie