Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer Stops #1: A Note On Rome

Dear Readers,

It's been a while. How are you? It's been hard to write to all of you lately because I haven't really had a computer, since ours stopped working. (If your computer ever breaks down you will actually find that this is a blessing and a curse)(mostly a blessing). Ordinarily, in the summer I don't use it at all, but since i've been blogging, well, it's sort of necessary.  Nevertheless, I am back in business AND I HAVE SO MUCH TO TELL YOU GUYS. And since I have so much to tell you, I figured it would be much more reasonable to break down the next few posts into a series. First of all, it is with great sadness that I am writing you today on this last day of August. For tomorrow the world will be a different place. The mannequins in the storefronts will be wielding coats, blinding us with dark heavy tones, and the soft days of summer will disappear like the morning rain. So I dedicate this day, and these posts, to my summer travels. (And also to give all of you fellow travelers some tips and inside scoops and just some darn good stories that only occur when you pack a suitcase and get out of town.) Even though i'm back home, i'm posting my travel diary and photo diary for all of us, really, to fly away to some other place for a little while, before September comes and saps all of our summer dreams with it's evilness. So join me, as I attempt to freeze summer.

First Stop: Rome, Italy

The first thing you should know is that my family and I are by no means traditional tourists. We don't like hotels, or the overpriced, under-sized, uncomfortable, un-unique, basic-ness that comes with them. Therefore, it was only natural for us to decide on an Airbnb in Rome. The apartment owner was also very nice, and taught my mom how to use the traditional Italian espresso machine, and just contributed to the whole authentic experience we were aiming for on our vacation. If you have never heard of Airbnb then you should google it and look into for your next trip over seas.

The first thing I noticed about Rome is all the layers that it has. It has layer upon layer of historic buildings, of art, and of culture. As a tourist, it's easy to get caught up in one layer. Only when you are brave enough to become part of the city itself can you start to peel away the layers and see Rome's true foundations. The normal eye in Rome will see the gypsies, the graffiti, and the dirt on the streets. That is not all that Rome is. I hope that if you ever go to Rome you will see the beauty in the bricks and in the little pictures and paintings that line an artist's sidewalk. If you do see these things, then and only then, are you truly in Rome.
 There are necessary sights to see in Rome. (The colosseum, ect...) Also, I recommend not buying Pizza or Gelato just anywhere in Rome. Of course, you must have Pizza and Gelato in Rome. My favorite Pizza in Rome was not found in the city center, but in the Trevestere area where our apartment was. IT. WAS. AMAZING. Honestly, my favorite part of Rome was waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread coming from the bakery by our rental, and looking out the windows of Taxis and seeing the vespas rush by. There's a rush of excitement that comes with Rome and it's simply unexplainable. Here are some pictures I took that I feel capture it all. Godere!


"Italian Blues"

"fast fruit"

The Colosseum (Go close to sunset, because in the morning it's packed) (And do yourself a favor and buy your tickets online for any museums or places like the colosseum, it saves a lot of time!)

(when it Rome it is absolutely necessary to drink from the city's water fountains.)


our breakfast, with food made fresh from the local market and bakery by our rental.

fun times with these lovely ladies.

the pantheon, sitting pretty.

In Rome, random people smile for pictures. How nice is that?

'til the next stop,


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