A weekend in Rome

Hi everyone! And that’s another thing that I’ve crossed off my bucket list. For everyone who doesn’t know, I’m mostly blogging about my bucket list. (Which you can find here.) And going on a srprs.me trip was on that bucket list. So last Friday I left to go to the airport with my friend Dayna and there our destination would finally be revealed. We were really excited to see “Rome, Italy” appear on our screen. Neither of us had been there before and it always seemed like such a beautiful city. As promised, there’s a video at the end.

So what’s next? Well basically everything had already been taken care of. We didn’t even have to check in. Our boarding passes for both flights, to Rome and back, were already in the envelope that we got. We just had to get through security and board our plane.

When we arrived in Rome we took a bus to our hostel. In the beginning we were a bit skeptical about sharing a room with strange people but it honestly wasn’t that bad. I even kinda liked it. We spent an entire day with one of our roommates and there weren’t any issues at all with the others. The fun thing about a hostel is that there are so many interesting people. We also met a few girls who had been in and out of hostels for two months straight. Everyone shares a passion for traveling and seeing the world.

We didn’t do much the first day we arrived since it was already kinda late. We just tried to find a place to eat and ended up at a really cute bistro. You could get a cocktail of your choice, a few pizza slices and chips for only €8. The waiters were friendly and the music was good. It was definitely a great start of the trip.

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So the next day it was time to explore Rome for a bit. Which meant it was time to get touristy. We started at the colosseum, then went to the old city of Rome with the first ever paved road, after that to the ‘Wedding cake’ a.k.a. Victor Emmanuel II Monument, followed by the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps. As you can guess, this took us the entire day. By the time we got to the fountain it was already dark. The fountain was still beautiful though. On our last day we went back to see the steps and the fountain in daylight as well.

IMG_3928.JPGColosseum from the outside

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The first ever paved road in the old city of Rome

IMG_3927.JPGAnd the wedding cake (because it looks like a wedding cake)

We met a really nice girl who fitted in perfectly with us at the colosseum. We ended up spending that whole day with her. We walked her back to her own hostel at like 3:30 am. Thanks for staying with us and brightening up our day Juliet.

So now it’s our second and last full day in Rome. I like art so I wanted to visit a museum. Dayna had never been to a museum before and she wasn’t a big fan of it but she went anyway because I wanted to. Thanks, you’re the best haha! (I realized two days later that she spent her time at the museum by taking pictures of me.) We went to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. I liked the museum but I expected it to be a bit more modern. This was also the day that our roommate Emily joined us. It was such a great day and I’m glad she joined us.

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After that we went to the Pantheon. I couldn’t get the full front on the picture and there wasn’t enough light inside to take a decent picture. You can still see it in the video though! We had  a late lunch and dinner together, did a little shopping at the ZARA and then went to the hostel bar for “just one drink”. I guess it’s safe to say that it wasn’t “just one drink”.

The last day we had to take the bus to the airport at 10:30 am so we didn’t have a lot of time. However, we did still want to see the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps in daylight. So we woke up at 7:30 am, got dressed, packed our stuff, checked out and took the metro there. It was nice to see everything without all the other tourists. That one night we could hardly see the steps because everyone was sitting on them and now there were only a few other people.

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The Trevi Fountain

IMG_3920.JPGAnd the Spanish steps without hundreds of tourists

Looking back at this trip I’m mostly thankful for all the amazing people we met. The city was beautiful but it wouldn’t have been the same without them. I’m also really glad we stayed at a hostel. Not just because it’s cheaper but also because it’s a lot more fun. I’m pretty sure I’ll go on another srprs.me trip some time. I definitely recommend it! Thanks for reading and enjoy the video!

xxjoan

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