So, the adventure begins again. Once more I find myself getting on a plane headed to faraway lands without a good idea of what I’m going to do when I get there! Before every trip I go through period of nervousness and even feel that this might not be such a great idea. I have taught myself to ignore it and remind myself that there is method to this madness. I have never enjoyed myself as much as when I have had the freedom to go wherever I wanted to go. Some anxiety is a small price to pay for that freedom.
Anyway, this trip is being a true exercise of me repeating to myself: it will all work out in the end, it will all work out in the end… and so far it has! To give you an idea of how little I have done for this trip, I had a bit of a celebration yesterday and came back home shortly after 8am and my bag was still not fully packed! I also only bought my Thailand guide 4 days ago, so…yeah. If this trip goes well, I have a feeling on my next one I might do even less!
I boarded my plane this afternoon with 2 hours of sleep and a rather nasty hangover. I was unlucky enough to get seated in the middle of a large group of 15 year old Italian students that were returning to Rome after a field trip to Dublin. Luckily I was so knackered that I crashed and only woke up once in the whole flight.
Getting to Rome was such a relief. I adore this city. It’s a city I have visited repeatedly throughout my life, as a child, as a teen and as an adult. I have spent many hours wandering its streets and there are so many memories hidden round every corner. I also love the Roman imperial time and simple things like seeing all the streets named after emperors whose history I know just adds to the magic of the place for me.
Due to a last minute change, I am staying at a B&B near the Vatican city. I have a beautiful view of St Peters basilica from my window and the owner is very nice. He recommended a great pizza place for dinner. I love this town! Cheap pizza, friendly staff, fast service. When Rome is good, it’s amazing!
After dinner I went for a stroll around the Basilica until we got kicked out at 11pm as they close the piazza. I am really looking forward to tomorrow! My plan is to wander the city, meet up with a friend of mine I haven’t seen in 17 years and take a lot of pictures.