I spent most of my two days off this week in bed, trying to sleep away a horrible migraine that would not go away. I can still kind of feel the aftermaths of it. Despite that, I still managed to motivate myself to get out of bed Friday afternoon and took the bus to the city, just to feel like I had not completely wasted my precious time off from work. I ended up just walking around without any real plan of where I was heading. It hit me how amazing it is to live somewhere where a normal afternoon stroll in the city can take you to places like the Colosseum. Therefore, I made a promise to myself to get out more and really soak up every impression I can of this city while I still can. After all, I barely have more than two months left. I really haven't been good at getting out and taking advantage of all the amazing things this city has to offer lately. I guess it's easy to take it all for granted too quickly. I also realized I need to dust off my camera and start making some photo rounds. Until that actually happens, here's some quick shots from my iPhone taken yesterday afternoon.

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Time is flying by guys! In a way I'm happy that it is, because I really can not wait to get back to Amsterdam. And I can not wait to finally get to go home to Stockholm for a few days. But at the same time... I don't have much more than 2.5 months left in Italy and that stresses me out a bit. There is still so much I want to see and do. The last couple of weeks I haven't really done anything about that though haha. I was home for a few days with a nasty cold and last week I spent every minute I had off from work on studying. In all fairness, I don't have much interesting to tell you right now, I just felt like giving you a little life update, so you know that I'm still alive. I switched department the other day, so I'm now doing breakfast and lunch in the restaurant. Which means waking up at 5:30 every morning. For those of you who know me, know that this is a disaster. I am NOT a morning person. On the other hand, it means that I'm home around four in the afternoon, which gives me a couple of hours of daylight to actually go and explore. When I have the energy. Which is not often. Anyhow, I'll give you a proper update in a couple of days when I have a day off. Until then, take care!

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Hey there guys, I know I know... it's getting a little old reading "long time, no see" here. But hey, life, you know. Sometimes I have tons of inspiration and energy but then there's times like now, when I feel completely drained of both. With that said, since I've spent the last couple of days in bed doing nothing due to the cold of the century, I figured I'd entertain myself and you by telling you about a little weekend trip I did last month. My friend and roommate in Amsterdam, Carlotta, came to visit from her internship in London and I got a couple of days off from work so we could go exploring a bit. We spent the weekend seeing Bologna, Florence and Pisa, but telling you about all of it in one post would take forever, so let's start from the start and let me introduce you to incredible Bologna!


Around midday on Thursday, we made our way from my apartment in Rome to Termini, the central station. We got our tickets for Bologna and after a quick breakfast, we were off! A couple of hours of traveling later, we arrived in Bologna and decided to walk to our hostel. Guys, if you ever go to Bologna, I give Dopa Hostel my warmest recommendations! It was my first time staying in a shared room in a hostel (been a little spoiled when it comes to travel habits) but it was such a cute place, really nice staff and cool vibes. And they had a guitar you could play on so what more can you ask really. Anyways, we got settled and then walked towards the center. We sat down for an aperitivo on a big square, did some shopping and had dinner on an outdoor terrace on a little side street. This super cute British couple bought wine for us and had us trapped in amazing conversations for a couple of hours. On our way back, the atmosphere in the city was amazing. During the day, the city had felt a little dead, but now all the quiet streets were bustling with people and energy. I'm sure it could have resulted in an amazing night in the city, but honestly we were completely exhausted and went to bed instead.


On Friday, we decided to climb this big tower. I almost died, but 498 steps later, it was totally worth the view. Really, it was breathtaking. We didn't do much more in Bologna other than rush to our bus, which we missed. Waiting for the next one we went to a big market and I found the jean jacket of my dreams for only 25 euros, so I guess that was worth missing the bus for. Anyways, Bologna completely surprised me. I basically had zero expectations before going, but it was so worth it! I really loved the young and lively atmosphere in the city. It was so freaking cute as well. I would travel super far to see it, but if you're ever close by I would definitely recommend paying a visit to this place. I'm done rambling and my fever is telling me it's time to sleep, so I'll get back to you with the next part of this trip as soon as I have the time and energy. Might be tomorrow, might be in a week. We'll see. Until then, take care of yourselves and don't forget to live life now.

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Wow guys, I didn't realize how long ago it was that I last posted something. It's been a month already. At times I feel like time is moving so slowly and I can not wait to move away from here, but then I realize: I've been here for a month and a half already. I'm almost at halftime. I really need to get better at appreciating the time I have here, because before I know it I will be back in Amsterdam. With that said, it's impossible to deny that I feel homesick most of the time and I am still struggling with feeling at home here. I don't know what it is, but if Rome was a person, I would say he still feels like a stranger. Even though we've spent endless hours together. Maybe I just haven't figured him out yet, discovered his hidden sides and golden qualities. Maybe we're just not a good match. I don't know. Either way, we're stuck together for another few months and there's definitely worse places to be stuck at. I could keep going on and on, I guess I have quite a lot I could update you about. But right now I'm so tired, I can barely see straight. Tomorrow I have my day off, so let's catch up then, alright?

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Yesterday, as I usually do on Thursdays, I met up with Henri in the city. It's the one day in the week we are both off from work. We were both starving and ended up just sitting down at the first decent place we could find to eat. Had a surprisingly good burger (although a bit over priced, like everything in the most touristic areas) and a beer that completely lacked bubbles because Italians do not know how to tap a beer - one of my biggest frustrations here haha. It's either buying a bottle or getting a completely flat beer. Anyways, moving on.


After finishing our lunch/dinner/whatever you call a meal at 5 in the afternoon, we walked around a bit in the city and decided to sit down for a drink. Along the Tiber, when you take the stairs down to the river from the street, there's a bunch of bars and restaurants in little tents. I'm pretty sure it's a temporary summer thing, but it's pretty awesome. We ordered an Apperol Spritz each and sat down at one of the bars to just talk and hide from the sun. In the future, when I look back at what life in summer Rome was like, I think this is how I will remember it. Drinking Spritz by the river, exhausted from the heat and probably smelling of sweat, but completely overwhelmed by the beauty everywhere around and pretty darn content with life at the moment. At least that's how I wish I will remember it.


We talked about finding another bar in Trastevere after finishing our drinks, but decided we were too tired, even though it was just past eight in the evening. We figured taking the bus home and sharing a beer at the staff house would be a better option. The picture above is by the way our view on the way to the bus. I will never get used to the fact that views like that is just a standard walk to the bus right now. Anyways, once we got on the bus we could barely keep our eyes open and realized it was better to save the beer for the next day. Good decision, because I fell asleep almost the second I put my head on my pillow. Another great day off in Rome. Tomorrow is Saturday, which is like Monday for me nowadays as it means back to work. In other words, time to sleep.

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Time for a little life update again! After being home for over a week stuck in bed with a messed up back, I've been back to work for about week. And in a new department! I am now working in Room Service, which is a very different experience from the pool bar. But I'll talk to you about that in another post. Now I want to tell you about what a great day I had on my day off yesterday! I met up with Henri to take the bus to the city center around noon. Basically, here's what we did: Pizza in Trastevere -> ice cream at the supposedly best place in Rome -> a little bit of shopping -> some seightseeing.



After having walked around in 35 degrees for hours, we decided to go to what has become one of our favorite bars in here. It's the last stop on our bus line, so super convenient. And you get one cocktail (best ones I've had in Rome so far) plus food from a little buffé for 10 euros. Ten!! It's such an amazing deal. So we sat down on the outside terrace in the evening sun, sipping on mojitos and enjoying some Italian bites. Later in the evening we went out with some friends from work for drinks. Today I am having a lazy day in bed, going to clean my room, do some laundry and get a bit of school work done. And then tonight, it's party time! Have an amazing Friday guys!


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I’ve been in Rome for about 3 weeks now, although it feels like quite an eternity. I’m sure at the end of this adventure, I’ll look back and say that time flew by. But right now, I feel like I’ve experienced so much and there’s been so many new impressions, I can not imagine it has just been 3 weeks. Anyway, let’s stick to the point of this post. I figured it is about time I tell you a bit about what it is that I’m actually doing here in beautiful Roma.

After the first year of my Bachelor’s program at Hotelschool The Hague, all students go on internship abroad. Needless to say, I chose to go to Rome and luckily got accepted to the trainee program at Rome Cavalieri, which is part of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

As I am an F&B trainee, I work in service. I’m doing my first couple of months at the Pool Bar. When they close for the season, I will move inside. However, I am not sure to which department yet. It could be banqueting, in-room dining, waitressing in the restaurant… We’ll see!



Right now, my day usually starts around 10 in the morning and ends around 19-19:30 in the evening. I try to get in about 15 minutes before I start to sign in, get my uniform from the laundry, get changed and everything. Most days start pretty slow, but tend to get busy around lunchtime. I go around the pool taking orders, make cocktails and other drinks behind the bar, serve at the tables for guests sitting down to eat and work in the garden area and what we call the Chalet on weekends. In the mornings and evenings it’s mostly setting up and cleaning up. So far it’s been a pretty great experience! If nothing else, I learn what hard work is. Believe me, it is quite physically demanding running around in the sun in 35 degrees celcius trying to give five star service. I truly enjoy the interaction with the guests, it is by far my favourite part of the job. Every day I try to learn something, how to make a new cocktail or perfect my cappuccino making skills (still pretty lacking, to be honest) and I am happy to get real experience working in the hospitality industry.

Besides that, I work with a pretty great team. Most of my colleagues are really helpful in showing me how to do new things. And we laugh, a lot. The language barrier makes it a little difficult sometimes, considering some of my colleagues barely speak English. But I help them when they struggle to understand some guests and they help me when the Italian guests look like big question marks when I try to explain that I unfortunately don’t speak Italian.

And that’s pretty much my job in a nutshell! And as always: If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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Last week, my family was here for a visit! It was truly amazing to see them again. Back in Amsterdam, I tend to not get that homesick that often, because it also feels like home. But since moving here, I've been feeling so freaking homesick. The culture is so different here, I am kind of struggling to find my place. Having a piece of home here was the best thing in the world. We walked around a lot, did some shopping, spent a couple of nights at a hotel (which was a welcomed break from staffhouse life) enjoyed good food and just spent quality time together, talking and laughing as always. Gosh, I miss being close to this crazy bunch. Having spent the last couple of days in bed sick and with a messed up back hasn't exactly made the homesickness better either. Okay, the plan wasn't to make a post just complaining. Just wanted to give a little update. When I feel better I'll try to give you a proper one!


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So in my head I had this thought that when I moved to Rome, I would start writing here daily again. Because I thought, I will have so much to tell you guys and so many new experiences to talk about. The truth? Right now sleeping and working is pretty much all I do. I work 9-10 hours a day, and with the job being quite physical and out in the burning sun 99% of the time, I am completely exhausted after a workday. I come home, hang out with the girls in my apartment and guys from the staff house next to us, have a coffee together and then go to sleep. Get up, work and repeat. I think that once I get a bit more settled and used to the work, hopefully I will have more energy to do things in the evenings. And to go out and explore on my days off. I do have a lot to share about how I'm feeling about this internship so far, culture clashes and how different living in Italy is, compared to what I thought it would be. But right now, I am just too tired to focus on what I'm writing. So bare with me guys, I just need to get a bit more settled before I can give this little corner of the internet the energy it deserves. For now, I will say good night! And if you have any questions about the internship/living in Italy/whatever - as always, feel free to ask!

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I had the most amazing first day off in Rome yesterday. After working six days in a row, minimum 9 hours a day, I definitely needed a break. I woke up so excited to finally get to explore my new home. The evening before, I had made plans with Henri, who is from my school and also doing an internship here, to go to the city and explore. My Italian flatmates, Carlotta and Annarita, decided to also join, so we all took the bus to Trastevere. This part of the city is so far my absolute favorite one. It took us forever to get there, because the busses here kind of go as they please and we had to wait one hour for the second one.



After sitting down in the shadow for a nice lunch, we just walked around in the city. I can't get over how many beautiful building there is everywhere you look. I could just walk for hours and hours and hours. Eventually we ended by San Pietro and the Vatican. Absolutely stunning. I can't get over the fact that this is actually my home for the next half year. I've struggled a bit this first week - work is very heavy, the days are long and everything has been a little overwhelming. But getting in to the city reminded me why I'm here and what an amazing opportunity to explore and learn this is. Knowing how amazing the days off from work can be, I will definitely be a bit more motivated next week. In the evening we went for drinks at a bar with a view over the whole city and it was completely breathtaking. Couldn't have asked for a better first day off in Rome. 


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