Day 71 – Rome

Wednesday 21st October 2015

My second proper day in Rome was a pretty chilled out day. I had washing to do so I loaded it all together and went down the road to the laundry mat.
Thankfully you just paid the guy there and they washed and dried it all for you. No waiting around for me!

As I’d done so much exploring the day before, I Googled somewhere to get my nails done and set off on a walk to find this place called Enhancements.
When I got to the road it was on, I must have walked past it because I couldn’t find it!
After feeling like I just went on a big walk for nothing, I eventually saw it and went in to see if they had any appointments available.
I didn’t even care how much it cost, my feet were in desperate need of a pedicure. You have no idea how gross your toes end up looking when you’re travelling and have no time to care for them! Haha.
Not to mention my finger nails kept breaking every time I so much as glanced at them so I asked about getting a manicure as well.

Thankfully they were free right then and there so I picked some colours for my nails and then went into a room to change into a bathrobe.
I know right! Getting changed just to get my nails done, it was a bit of a fancy schmancy spa. 🛀💱

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I got my pedicure first (poor lady). My feet were scrubbed and moisturized and massaged. It was heaven! She honestly did the best job and my toenails look so pretty and pink now 🙂

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I then got my manicure and even though she cut my nails nice and short, they look great and now they can finally stop breaking. My yucky black nail I have from jamming it into a door in Croatia is all covered up now too!

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I walked away probably spending the most I ever have on my nails but it was 100x better than going to one of the Asian nail spas that use cheap nail polishes. She honestly did the best job ever!
And everything was cleaned and sterilized and nice products were used. (I notice these things as I used to be a beauty therapist)
😯
It’s crazy how I’m excited that the products someone is using on my nails are clean. It shows how shady some nail bars are back home.

Anyways, once my nails were all dry, I paid and left to walk aimlessly around Rome.

imageimageI was feeling a bit hungry so went to a random restaurant that looked good and ordered some Pasta.
I’d had so much lasagna lately that I decided to mix it up a bit and get a Cabornara.

imageIt was very fulling!
That will probably be my last pasta dish for a very long time. I try and not eat it too much back home because I get sooo bloated when I eat really carby food. 😩

I went on a search for souvenirs after lunch time but couldn’t really find anything I loved. Or anything I could buy that would easily fit in my bag…it’s really getting harder and harder to buy stuff. I might just have to stick with clothes now as they’re the lightest.

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I went to the Termini train station on my way back to the hostel to try and figure out what train I had to take the next morning to get to the airport.
It seemed kinda simple, just buy a ticket from the kiosk and find your train at the time.
If you’re ever in Rome and need to get to the Airport, taking the train seems like the thing to do to save money.
They had a Lindt store at the train station too so I went in to have a browse and ended up leaving with 2 boxes of Lindt chocolate recipes to make back at home. I got a Chocolate mousse recipe and a chocolate lava cake type thing. Along with a box of powdered Lindt hot chocolate to make back in New Zealand. It’s funny coz all the instructions are in Italian so I’ll see how I go with trying to translate it haha.

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It’s good i’m travelling by myself as I was very boring when I got back to my hostel. I had a bit of alone time so I took advantage of the Wi fi and ended up watching more episodes of Teen Mom 2 in my room.
I’m really feeling for Leah here…can’t believe her and Jeremy got a divorce! He defiantly needed to be a more supportive husband while she was going through all that shit. (People who watch this show will know what I’m on about) 👿

Later on I went downstairs to the bar and met up with my friend from Top Deck Nick. He was sitting with some new people so I joined them and we started discussing our travels. Turns out they’d just been in Croatia too and they were the other boat of people sailing at the same time as us!
When I started talking about where I’d been in Croatia we all clicked and realized we’d been at the same club the night I got really drunk in Croatia. They remembered me as the girl who ‘did a dance off with one of the girls from their group’
I was now currently sitting in front of this girl and they thought it was hilarious. Me and the girl finally introduced ourselves and had a good laugh. We’re friends on Facebook now and we realized we had a mutual friend too! (One of my old flat mates I lived with) such a small word when you’re travelling…

imageI ended up going out for dinner with them to a restaurant next door to the hostel and we all had some more Italian food! Yes I got a pasta but it was defiantly my last one this time!!

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I had a slightly early night and went back to my room about 11pm to organise my stuff for the next morning.

Last night in Rome complete!

Xx

Day 70 – Rome

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Woops. I slept in again this morning.

I eventually left my hostel room at about 11am and met up with Malerie  (the Californian girl from the previous night) to do some sight seeing.

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As she’d already been to Rome before, she became my tour guide and took me to all the main sights.
The first stop was the Ruins and the Collesseum!

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We didn’t actually go into the Colosseum (trying to save my money for Dubai) but we took some pictures outside it and sat for a bit.
I was silly and wore my new converse sneakers which are like half a size too small for me. My poor baby toes were squished for the whole entire day of walking!
Thankfully Malorie was a touch hungover/tired so was happy to rest every few stops.

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As I hadn’t had anything for breakfast and it was lunch time, we stopped at one of the First Italian restaurants we saw and sat outside.
I’m so glad this is the one we came across because I then proceeded to drink the best hot chocolate I have ever experienced in my life.

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It was basically pure chocolate with a generous helping of whipped cream on top. It was a meal in itself, so so so good!!!
The lasagna was just as amazing too. If this was how Rome ate, I was ready to move here in a second! 😍

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When I was full of all my Italian goodness, we set out for more of our walk. We went to The Altare della Patria which is a monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.

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The monument also holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame. It was built under the statue of goddess Roma after World War I.

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After walking up the stairs to the Tomb, we went to the museum of Italian Unification. We then took like 100 more stairs to the top of the museum which had a beautiful view over part of Rome.

If my eyes look squinty it was because the sun was in them haha!

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There is also an elevator which allows visitors to ride up to the roof for a 360 degree view of Rome but again, we didn’t want to pay for the view when we already had a pretty great one!

When we’d taken like 500 pictures, we set off walking again and came across this really beautiful cathedral. Probably the nicest one I’ve seen so far on my travels. It was so huge! If I was to ever get married, I never really wanted to in a church but this one I would make an exception for.

imageimageimageOur next stop was probably another one of my favorites. Piazza Navona.
It’s a town square which was built in 1st century AD where The Ancient Romans went to watch the Agones (games) hence it was known as the “Circus Agonalis” (competition arena).

Nowadays it’s surrounded my restaurants and filled with locals selling all their artwork. I’m not one of those people who can spend hours at galleries but all these portraits and paintings were amazing! I ended up buying one painting for my wall (a small one) but if I had room in my bag I’d have loved to buy more!

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Malerie really wanted to go to The Pantheon afterwards so we walked there and I attempted to take pictures but as the sun was behind me they ended up coming out really dark.
The Pantheon is actually one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. It’s been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a church.

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My feet were killing me by this stage but we soldiered on and went in search of some Gelato for me.
Malorie had already had some at the Piazza but I wanted a better one than the place she got hers from 😌 fussy I know! They just didn’t have enough flavors for me to choose from.

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We stopped at the Trevi Fountain on the way but it’s under construction until next year so there wasn’t much picture taking there.

I found my Gelato in the end (but didn’t take a picture) and it was sooo good! The third amazing thing I’d eaten that day haha.
We sat down and rested our feet while I had my Gelato and talked for a bit.
Malerie mentioned going to the Spanish Steps so I Googled mapped it and I thought we were heading in the right direction until 20 minutes later I realized we weren’t haha. 🙈🙈

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We headed back to our hostels after my awful mapping skills as we were in desperate need of a drink!
First we grabbed some pizza for dinner then headed to the Yellow Hostel Bar for some cider and wine.
What a day of walking! I’m glad I had Malerie there to show me lots of stuff and keep me company while I explored Rome. I defintaly wouldn’t have seen as much as I did if she wasn’t with me!

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These babe’s are in desperate need of a pedicure now!
Xx

Day 69 – Rome

I left my apartment in Split, Croatia just after 11am and headed to the airport.
My flight for Rome didn’t leave until about 3pm but I needed to walk down to the bus terminal with all my stuff and get a ticket.

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Thank god I left when I did because it started pouring with rain as soon as I got to the terminal.
I bought my ticket and then waited for the next bus which was at 11.45am.

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The bus ride was long, and everyone was so pushy trying to get on.
Eventually I got to the airport and checked in my over weight bag. And again, they didn’t charge me. Woohoo!
Maybe they understand that I need a lot of products to make me look half decent some days haha.

The airport was verrrry average. There wasn’t even anything to eat really. I just ended up buying some kit kats from duty free and nibbling on those while I waited for my flight.

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When it was time the board, I kind of laughed at how small the plane was. Oh well, I guess I was only flying to Rome haha!
The time on the flight was spent talking to the lady next to me. I think she was slightly nervous flying on that small aircraft so we sat and chatted and she showed me her pictures of Croatia. She was actually from Split but had moved to Australia years and years ago. She just went back to Split to bury her mother as she had passed away recently which was sad.

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It was good to meet someone new though to add to my list of ‘people I talk to on planes’
The flight wasn’t too long, and when I landed I tried to decide whether to catch the train or catch a bus.
The bus seemed cheaper so I went with that option.
I probably should have taken the train though because I had to wait for the bus for over 20 minutes.
Then when it came, everyone was so rude and just shoved past each other to get on. I had already loaded my bag underneath the bus so luckily I got on by probably pushing in front of a few people too. (But in a nice, slip-in-there way) not like some people who blatantly just stood right in front of you when they used to be 4 people behind you.

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The bus took way longer than I expected, we got stuck in afternoon traffic so I didn’t get to my hostel until about 7.30pm.
It was easy enough to walk to from the train station (which was where the bus stopped) it was just so painful having to carry all that luggage 😣😣

I stayed at The Yellow Hostel and if you’re ever in Rome and want some cheap accommodation, I really recommend it. The rooms are all good, not super fancy or anything but I roomed with 3 other girls and we had our own shower and toilet.
The Yellow Hostel is spread out along one street, so they have like 3 different buildings where all the bedrooms are and they have their own pub/club too where you can get food 24/7 and good drinks!

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They also have some entertainment on at night on certain days. That night they had a magic show and I saw this guy put his whole body in a balloon haha.

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I headed to the bar as soon as I’d re-done my face and funnily enough I bumped into Nick who was on my Top deck tour through Europe haha. He was staying at the hostel as me so I sat down with him and we grabbed some late dinner from the bar.

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I ended up talking to this American girl for a while over some drinks and then these Aussie’s came and joined us for more drinks. After a night of drinking and dancing I headed off for my first nights sleep in Rome at about 3am 😴

Xx