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  • Writer's pictureHope O'Brien

Lessons from Rome

20 August, 2022

Lessons from Rome… written from the train to Florence

A girl standing in a red and pink floral tank top in front of the Colosseum in Rome.
Hey look! It's me trying to still enjoy my one day in Rome without dehydrating myself from being so sick.

Getting to Rome wasn't an easy adventure... it all began with a 6 hour flight to Vancouver, a 6 hour layover, and then a nearly 10 hour flight to Italy's capital. Trust me on this one, long distance flights are never made any easier when you get altitude sickness!

Altitude sickness is a thing and it’s not very fun… but hey if you just power through it you’ll feel great the next day.

If I'm being completely honest with you, Rome was a blur of feeling like I was going to fall over with every step and stunning historical beauty. You can't really get any better than that can you? Alas, in lieu of some fun blog about my grand Rome adventures, I will leave you instead with my bullet points I made on the train from Rome to Florence after sleeping off my altitude sickness.

  • Italians (at least the Roman ones) are quite friendly, but insanely efficient. I think the man in line in front of us for the bus explained it perfectly as “purposeful aggressiveness.”

  • If you sit down at a place on a side street and they ask if you’re just there for drinks, know that you will still be there a while. It seems that that’s an Italian thing to sit back and chat over drinks and a bowl of chips.

  • If you visit the Vatican, pay the little extra to do a “breakfast at the Vatican” ticket. The meal is lovely and you get first entry into the museum… though the slight bee problem is… interesting.

  • The city is honestly lovely and I wish I had a little more time to explore every piece of history it holds, but hey… that’s why there’s always a “next time” and not a “never again”

Don't worry... I won't leave you with just these simple old bullet points. That wouldn't be very "travel blogger" of me would it? Instead I give you the extra gift of this cute little photo montage.



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