Roman Holiday II

The adventures continued for another 6 days. It was a long but marvelous vacation.


P1040216Thursday: We ventured to the magical island of Capri and had our breath taken away multiple times by the stunning views and long hikes up steep hills.  For dinner after our long day? Bistrot, a cute and delectable restaurant almost next to our AirBnb that we actually went to on Wednesday night as well! We made friends with our waiter (running theme) and ate like queens. Amazing experience I will never forget. Grazie, Federico. I will find you on WhatsApp someday like you requested.

Friday: Impromptu trip back to Rome. I’m pretty certain both me and Julia said at one point “let’s go home early.” Home = Rome. On the way, we stopped in Naples for pastiera at Gambrinus and pizza at Da Michele.IMG_6572

Saturday: EVI ARRIVES! I was so lucky to be joined on this trip by two beyond lovely people. It was such a nice dose of home life. Evi and I got lunch and had our worlds rocked by Old Bridge gelato. “This is really doing something to me.” – Evi, on Old Bridge gelato. We headed to Dar Poeta for pizza with Julia on her last night, and somehow afterwards Evi and I end up back at the Irish pub. (I know the way.)

Processed with VSCOcam with 5 presetSunday: Buona Pasqua! To celebrate? Dolce Maniera. By this point you’d have to pay me to stay away. We took a nice walk around Rome to see all of the sights but mostly to get gelato from Giolitti (round 3 at this point). In comparing the two, Evi and I both slightly preferred Old Bridge but let me tell you… the fico caramellato flavor from Giolitti is now, hands down, a crucial element in my hypothetical “last meal.”

Monday: The goal of this day was to see some stuff on our way to the aventine keyhole, eat lunch in Testaccio and hit up Old Bridge gelato on the way back. Mission. Accomplished.

Tuesday: Evi flies back to Chicago, I fly back to Reggio, and the memories from this amazing trip settle in to last forever.

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P1040088 Thank you Julia, my honey, and Evi, I still think his name is Krad, for making this holiday even better than I could have imagined.

Current day: I passed my exam from Italian level A2 and moved up with a few of my friends to B1. The course is difficult but I appreciate the challenge and am learning so much. Tutoring is going well, the kids are making me laugh every day, and I can’t believe I only have two weeks left here.

Source: my own

5 thoughts on “Roman Holiday II

  1. Blobally says:

    I’m glad you had a good time in my country! I suggest you to manage to come to visit our lovely Puglia, the heel of the boot ( you can find some pics on my blog about Bari, San Foca e Savelletri). Saluti!

  2. Rome is where the heart is. It’s also where the fico caramellato is… 🙂 Congrats on moving up to B1!! OF COURSE you passed. As far as I’m concerned you are basically fluent, and that’s what I’ve been telling everyone at home. The boys say hi and missed you this weekend ❤

  3. Barbara Schneider (Gram) says:

    Dear Alex, I’m sure you have mixed feelings about leaving Italy but I am looking forward to seeing you and having you “back home.” Safe travels — see you soon. Love, Gram xoxo

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