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Arrivederci Roma!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Soo, now I’m on my way home again, but this will be published when I’m home in Sweden. Every time I’ve been out travelling, I want to travel even more. When we got home from Belgrade, Serbia six weeks ago, I was like: I want to go somewhere, anywhere, now! I love travelling. Before I settle down and have kids and a partner and a house and a Volvo (or whichever car I’ll have in the future…), I want to travel and see as much as possible.

Anyway, Rome. I’m so glad I decided to go! As I said, it was a really crazy thing to do since I had only met Swann once, and everyone was like: “Be careful! Watch out so you don’t get kidnapped! You sure he’s not a psycho?”, haha. Of course you have to be careful when you travel alone and meet new people, but I’m so glad I did. Now I have an Italian friend (who I don’t know if I’m ever going to see again but I hope so!) and I have had the chance to see Rome. And I really think this short trip was enough to see the important things in the city. Of course there’s always more to see, but in those days I’ve seen the best of Rome – the Vatican, Tevere river and the fortress where the father hid during the medieval (very beautiful in the evening), I’ve walked the cozy and peaceful carfree streets of Rome in the evening, I’ve seen Colosseum and other historic buildings I don’t know the names of (you see historic building everywhere in Rome), Via del corso and all its shopping, Pantheon and the Basilic Santa Maria ad Martyres, Fontana di trevi and Trinita di mondi (the Spanish stair). And I have also eaten italian breakfast (sweets), italian pizza and italian pasta and italian wine. That’s pretty good for two nights in Rome, right?

This morning in Rome, with the sun and around 12 degrees and sunglasses on… Talking about contrasts when you come back to a rainy, cold, grey, dark and wet Gothenburg…
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If you’re considering going to Rome sometime, I think you should! Ryanair flies here but I travelled with Norwegian. I didn’t get the cheapest tickets but 1 500 kr was okay, and you can get much less expensive tickets if you’re flexible, last time I checked you could go for 400 kr fourth and back with Ryanair. To get from the airport (I flew to Fiumicino) was pretty easy and very cheap if you go by bus instead of train – 8 euros fourth and back (or 5 euros one way) and the bus takes approximately 50 minutes – the train cost 14 euros one way and took 30 minutes. Since I stayed at Swann’s I have no recommending for hotels, more than that it should be in the centre since the metro strops at 11 p.m./23:00. And when it comes to the things to see, I think my program was really good. The Vatican the first day when you arrive, and then the next day you take the metro to Colosseo station, visit Colosseum and then walk along Via del corso and see all the other buildings along the walk. And of course you stop for a pizza-to-go and a gelato (ice cream) somewhere.

I also asked Swann when there are most tourists, and he said in spring and Christmas-time. Therefore, I’d say that this time of year, when the spring hasn’t really started yet but in Swedish measures, it’s kinda spring in Rome since it’s around 10-15 degrees Celsius, is a very good time for visiting Rome, and maybe also in the autumn.

When I get home I need to go to the grocery store and I need to study for the seminary tomorrow. Feels strange to be back in everyday life again after this little trip. So see you in Sweden!

P.S. I’m considering to keep write in English all the time here on the blog. I have pretty many international friends plus I need to practice my English… What do you think? D.S.

//ALiCE med ICE

Roma day two

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

(Wrote this yesterday but publishing it today)
So, today is my only whole day in Rome. Because of going to bed so late yesterday we slept pretty long (not very like me) and then we ate italian breakfast! Which means: go down to the closest bakery and buy some pastries which you eat with tea or coffee. Not very like me either, haha. I told Swann about what I use to eat for breakfast (smoothie with müsli, dark bread with tahini and cucumber and alfalfa) and he thought that really strange…

Then since Swann hade to practice for his freestyle tournament thing in two weeks, I went in to town by myself. I think this is the first time I’m visiting a city/place in another country and explore it all by myself! Swann had made a perfect map with all the important things to see, from Colosseum to the Spanish stairs, so I started at metro station Colosseo and the first thing I saw when I got up from the metro was of course Colosseum! Amazing to see it in reality after seeing it in pictures and movies so many times. Very beautiful building as well of course.

After walking around Colosseum I followed the street down towards Via del corso and passed many historic buildings. Via the walk along Via del corso, I saw Pantheon and the Basilic Santa Maria ad martyres, Fontana di trevi and Trinita di monti. At Fontana di trevi it started to rain so I got inside for some lunch, pizza of course! When I had finished it still hadn’t stopped so I bought coffee as well. When I had drunken that it still hadn’t stopped raining so I bought an umbrella and just as I got out of the store with my new umbrella the rain had stopped…

Well well, nothing to do about that! I kept going along Via del corso to Pantheon and then on to Via del condotti towards Trinita di monti. Via del condotti was like Oxford Street in London; full of fancy stores like Prada, Miu miu, Dolce et gabbana, Dior, Armani and so on. At this point it unfortunately started raining again so my umbrella came to use on the walk back to the metro and way home to Swann. 🙂

Morning view
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Swann and his typical Italian breakfast
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Il Colosseo
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Fontana di trevi
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Panthéon & Basilic Santa Maria ad martyres
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Scalinata della santissima Trinita di mondi (Spanish stair)
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//ALiCE med ICE

Roma day one

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

It’s a very practical thing having  a friend  in a new city you’re visiting, because then he/she can show you around and be the guide. Awesome! Yesterday when I had met up with Swann at Termini station, we took the metro to Libia and went to the supermarket to buy some groceries. Pasta, vegetables, tortellini, tomato sauce, mozzarella, foccaccia… (“you need to eat Italian food when you’re here!”). After a little while at home with a late lunch (pizza with a ruccola salad of course!), we went in to the centre in the evening. Visited the third country of the day: the Vatican. So beautiful, and so peaceful  to walk around on the cozy streets of Rome, especially when you have a private Italian guide who can tell you everything about every beautiful building that shows up everywhere.

We were home pretty late so it was a late dinner, but a very delicious one! Swann cooked pasta of course, with tomato, zucchini, onion, garlic, tuna and a lot of parmigiana on and one or two glasses of wine as well. Molto bene! Very italian and very good. And Swann did not like that I never have salt in the water when I cook pasta, hahaha. Some pics from the day:

The Vatican

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Some fortress where the father via a tunnel under the ground could go hide in the medieval.

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Tevere river

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The chef and the molto bene food!

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And that was about all from my first day in Rome. What I think about the city so far: very beautiful! And if you wonder what I’m doing here and who Swann is; a very random trip (bought tickets like ten days ago) and Swann I met in Belgrade at New year’s eve and we’ve been keeping contact since so I decided to visit him! Very good decision 🙂

//ALiCE med ICE

Off to Rome

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Heeey people, update from the air! Ajjemen, Norwegian har tydligen den lilla finessen att man får wifi på planet. Trevligt! För övrigt också väldigt mycket trevligare att åka med ett “normalt” flygplan från Landvetter istället för Ryanair (eller något motsvarande) från Säve. Landvetter är en mycket trevligare flygplats (började till exempel min lilla tripp med en EH-cappuccino imorse!) och det är inte så jäkla diktatoriskt kring handbagaget. Inga rosa lådor man behöver stoppa ner väskan i för att kolla om den verkligen är i rätt mått och inget nedtryckande av handväska i ryggsäck för att bara få ett handbagage. Ryanair och dess billiga priser i all ära, men det här är bannemej så mycket trevligare.

Inte långt kvar till Rom nu, nice med ett nytt land på kartan! Blir bara världens speed-visit (till torsdag) men skall i alla fall hinna med Colosseum och italiensk pizza 🙂

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//ALiCE med ICE