One of the most ironic things in my life for the last 6 years has been my degree in European Studies. Why? Because I had never been to Europe.
I guess I can’t make that joke anymore because we just spent the most amazing week in Italy. Ronnie even surprised me with the plane tickets as a sort of 5 year anniversary present. Best present ever.
If you know anything about my life growing up, you’ll know that I was homeschooled and that everywhere we went, there was a lesson to be learned. I had been to more historical sites, State parks, National parks, etc by the time I was ten that…well that it’s hard to stay interested. Let’s just say that history
was is my least favorite subject. There are millions of dates and people and places and events that I should have memorized, but I don’t. That being said, I was a bit ashamed when we went to Rome and more than once I said, “Oh! I didn’t know that was here too!”
I stand by my statement that I went to Rome to eat good food and drink good wine. However, there were some other interesting things as well. Rather than bore you with any historical details (that I don’t know), here are some photos.
Our airbnb was an adorable “loft” with a kitchen. We cooked several meals there because there was a Carrefour a few blocks away with amazing Italian ingredients. It was a bit far away from things, but it was nice to see what an actual Roman neighborhood looked like instead of all the touristy stuff.
My mother asked me what my favorite part was…besides the food (she knows me too well). I didn’t really know what to say, but now that I’ve thought about it, I think it was going to see the Symphony. There’s not much I like more than sitting and listening to live, professional, classical music. I’d say it gives me goosebumps (which is true), but it’s much more than just goosebumps. And it’s weird because it’s a completely different feeling than being in the symphony playing the music. Enough sappiness. It was excellent.
The pasta making class was also super fun and educational. The problem is that it was the night before we were leaving so when they had all these suggestions for where and what to eat, it was a bit disappointing. However, we had plenty of good food thanks to Facebook and Pinterest.
We didn’t get to many things that we would have liked to see, but according to legend, if you throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, you’ll be back. I wonder if it matters that we threw in Egyptian pounds…
I know the last two blog posts that we’ve written sounded like we were depressed being in Egypt. But it isn’t really all that bad and I think we were both pleasantly surprised at how we were relieved to come back to something familiar.