Thursday, 13 July 2017

Dear Rome, I'm Back

Piazza Madonna ai Monti
I know I haven't been very active on my blog recently - life got very busy but we all go through intense period of activity sometimes. Let's say that now, July 2017, I'm opening a new chapter in my life and I am, finally, living in Rome (well, for a few months) and blogging again along the way. 

I fell in love with the city when I went on holiday last year (you can read about my little adventure here), and in a nutshell, Brexit had me cancelling life plans a week later. While I was back in France, I also couldn't help thinking about the overwhelming beauty of the Italian capital I visited a few times after. What was a wish at first soon became a longing desire I was tempting to curb as sensible reasons not to move to a country I didn't speak the language of and in relative economic trouble added up. However some friends quickly made me wonder: what was I actually afraid of? I didn't have anything to lose. I had already spent time in the UK so I know how to manage life in a country which is not mine. I had some savings on the side. Incidentally, the Italian language is close to French and would be easy to assimilate. And it's not even far away; at the end of the day I didn't know why I was even hesitating. And then it struck me. Money can't buy happiness but with it you can afford a rent in Rome and pasta and to be honest, it's pretty much the same.

I found a nice place to drop my suitcase at in the Monti neighbourhood, which is very central and touristy but which atmosphere is unique. So far I've been here for a week and I've already spotted my favourite photography gallery in Via Palermo (Dolce Vita Gallery), learnt to make a savoury cake with olive and feta, discovered many simple Italian dishes and roamed about Trastevere with a friend. I enjoy my first moments fully; catching up with people here, meeting for dinner somewhere, shopping for groceries at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and attending conferences are what I have been longing for. Although the city has flaws (public transport for one) its culture, history, elegance, gastronomy and way of life remain matchless to me. No wonder that just like Paris, artists get so much inspiration from the indolent energy flowing through its streets... So here I am, can't wait to share more with you in the following weeks!
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  1. Wow Rome, that's incredible! I'm also incredibly envious of you because to move to Rome (even temporarily) would be a dream for me, plus like you said if you can buy rent in Rome and pasta that's pretty much my definition of happiness right there ;)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. I think we have the exact same definition of happiness then, it doesn't take much at the end of the day. Can't wait for your dream to come true!

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  2. Oh wow, that's so cool! You are definitely going to be loving life with all the incredible food and Instagram photo opportunities!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Aleeha! Yes I'm enjoying all the food I can x

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