Today I finally get to share a podcast episode I was featured on, giving an interview about my experience here in Rome, how I came to live here and some of my favorite spots to eat in the city.
This week we're gearing up for the food marathon that is Easter in Rome. After a fun pizza making party with friends Saturday night, we spent Sunday at a local market buying presents, eating gelato and drinking beer at the popup bars inside the market. The entire Italian culture of hanging out with your friends or strangers when the weather is nice, not really doing anything besides chatting and eating/drinking, is something that I fully support. It's so nice to enjoy life's small moments instead of always planning for the next activity. This weekend we have Easter and Pasquetta, the Monday after that's an Italian holiday. We'll be celebrating with chocolate, lamb and hopefully some time outside the city. Here's a look at Easter events in Rome this week, Buona Pasqua a tutti!
I've been hearing all about Edoardo's trip to Luxembourg and how amazing he found the international culture there. So much that it might be time for a guest post ;) It's very interesting to hear how it compares to the Italian way of life and since he lived in London for a while, he can also compare this tiny city-country to a larger international counterpart.
On my own, I managed to finish up the entire 7 hour podcast S-Town in less than a week. It's made by the same producers of Serial (another favorite) and it's absolutely gripping. The journalist's intuitive questions, high quality recordings of events, conversations, and interviews, and the superb editing make it a fantastic listen. Based on a small "shit town" in Alabama, the series follows the lives of several interesting characters and really probes into the deeper meanings of life. Not a light series, but definitely one that will get you thinking.
My favorite style blogger (Style Bee) is doing a fun clothes challenge right now, where she and her readers are trying to wear only ten items of clothing in 10 days. The 10x10 challenge is really interesting to me because I don't like having a lot of options anyways and it really forces you to be creative. Still to be seen whether I just give up and wear the same thing for two weeks.
I also wanted to give one of my favorite travel bloggers, C'est Christine, a quick shout out just because I'm loving her content recently. She does great weekly roundups and shares a lot about her life in NYC and travels around the world. Also her dog may just be the cutest thing ever.
Roman Neighborhoods: Rione Monti
I spent a couple of days out in Monti last week and it's seriously one of my favorite spots in the city. I always recommend it to people who are looking for a different side to the city and want great food/drinks. Urbana 47 is always a favorite, with farm-to-table food and great drink choices, while I just tried the pizzeria Alle Carrette. It had decent Roman pizza and an authentic feel to it with a huge brick oven and employees that have been there forever.
It is officially SPRING in Rome and the weather is beautiful. This is an amazing time to visit the city (April-May) because the weather is almost perfect and you don't need to worry about super long lines everywhere. For me, living in a place where spring actually exists and isn't taken over by impending snowstorms is such a great time. Wearing lighter layers, spending more time outside at restaurants or in parks and taking trips outside of the city to hang out in the nature are all some of my favorite things.
Last week ended up being pretty relaxed without much going on besides a big family birthday on Saturday. We had a typical 4 hour multi-course lunch (accompanied by four different wines none the less) and were out late partying at night. Being hungover and very not into life because of the time change, I took Sunday as my opporutinuty to spring clean and organize my closet. It's actually always been one of my favorite things to do and I find it very therepeutic. Right now I'm really loving this spring cleaning series on iHeart Organizing and Lee's spring style on her blog Style Bee.
Last week I posted about my weekend trip to Urbino, Le Marche and have some more content from the trip planned for Friday. Le Marche is such a gorgeous region of Italy that not many people get a chance to see. This American couple who moved from the US to Marche to start an agriturismo business are such an inspiration for me. I've been listening to their very funny, if a little long-winded, podcast about life in rural Italy from an ex-pat view and it's great.
Until Friday, ciao for now!
Welcome to the first day of March and what will officially be known as "pizza month". After giving up milk for February, I am about to get on as much cheese, pizza, tiramisu, gelato and milky goodness as possible. And yes, I realize that I did the whole giving something up for Lent backwards, as today marks Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. Oh well.
This week I've been madly planning for my sister's trip which is coming up in 10 days (!) and which still needs some researching. We've decided on a trip to Le Marche, a beautiful region of Italy on the east coast. And so the Airbnb stalking commences. I love to find apartments that are beautiful and characteristic of the destination, while obviously being budget friendly. Because we'll have a car, we have more freedom in choosing which city we want to stay overnight in (be it Urbino, Pesaro, or even closer to San Marino). If you're still wondering what all the Airbnb fuss is about, I highly recommend you sign up, get $20 off your first stay and be prepared to never book a hotel again.
Additionally, Edoardo and I are also deciding whether or not to make a trip to Luxembourg. He's going there for a few days for work and I'm thinking of flying there and meeting him for the weekend. Because we wouldn't have to pay for his flight or accommodations, it seems like a great option, but I'm still not convinced that Luxumbourg is worth a weekend trip of its own. If you've been there and loved/hated it, please let me know!
On another note, I've been binge listening to podcasts and have found some seriously good ones. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is pee-your-pants funny because it literally only features adults live reading their angsty teen and childhood journals. If you've ever cringed at rereading something you once wrote, you'll love listening to other people's most embarrassing memories too. The Budget Minded Traveler talks all about saving money while traveling and gives super helpful tips, while This American Life is one of the most well-known podcasts for a reason. They present multiple short segments following a single theme; they're all very interesting with compelling storytellers.
That's all for this week, aside from some gorgeous cinnamon-orange herbal tea that I've been loving! Things are getting crazy around here...