rome, italy: reflection

The theme of this reflection? Reflection. And in more ways than one. The first time I traveled outside of North America I was 16 and went on my high school trip to Italy. I remember pitching via PowerPoint to my Dad and looking back, this is when my love of wanderlust began.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to visit this amazing country once again. It felt the same, same but different. I think of how different I am as a person now versus who I was then and therefore the new perspective that I have. Even visiting the same place twice, you are with different people doing different things at a different time in your life and the city's life. It is a beautiful thing and further highlights our ever evolving and changing world. 

Rome also meant reflection to me as it was my last European city during this trip and I was about 1/3 of the way through. It had been such an incredible two months in Europe and although I know I will be back, it was very bittersweet. I looked back over the past two months and my heart warmed and was overjoyed with all I have experienced, the unbelievable people I have met and what I have learned about myself. I am so appreciative of this time and cannot wait to see what comes next.

Rome highlights:

  • Most amazing Airbnb host Fabrizio- runs a million marathons (including in the US), walked us to dinner and just went above and beyond!
  • Great neighborhood: We stayed in Colli Albani (super local!!) practiced our Italian :). Great spots for dinner and drinks including an outdoor wine garden!
  • Pizza. pasta. gelato. pizza. pasta. gelato. repeat. This food!!
  • Pizza making class with the most adorable family ever! Our friend Edward is the coolest, funniest, smartest kid in the world. I carried him out of the restaurant and wanted to take him home. His parents were the sweetest. On their honeymoon they split a month in Tanzania into half volunteering, half relaxing!!
  • Seeing our friends in Florence spontaneously! La Menagerie (coolest bar, cafe, restaurant ever!), the market and Carduccio (great vegan food!)
  • Marveling at the history, art and architecture. moments: kiss and tag, rainbow street art, vegan restaurant, wishing tree

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