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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Today when me and some friends from work went to Trastevere, we decided to sit down at Grazia & Graziella for a lunch in the shadow. Definitely a great decision. I had an amazing homemade pasta with cheese and pepper. It was super yummy and a great first proper Italian meal since I moved here. A Spritz on the side was so good as well, I've been serving hundreds of them by the pool side this past week and was overly excited to finally have one myself. Anyways, great place to sit down for lunch, super pretty surroundings, nice atmosphere and friendly staff.


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I was planning on giving you a proper update on what my first days in Rome have been like, but this complete tiredness just hit me and I really need to sleep if I want to make it up on time for work tomorrow. But, in short: work is super busy and really heavy in this heat. My feet have never hurt so much as after a shift and I think I sweat more in an hour here than I have in my whole life combined. But! The team is for the most part super helpful, friendly and funny, so the atmosphere is usually really great. The environment is obviously stunning. And I've already met some really nice people and I get along great with the girls I live with so far. I promise I will tell you more as soon as possible, it's just been really hectic the last few days. For now, here's our balcony view an hour ago or so, I love that three at the end of the road.


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Guys, I'm in Rome! I've been to the hotel and taken care of stuff like signing a million papers, getting my uniform fitted and setting up an Italian bank account... you know, just preparations so that I can start working. Once I got to my new house I just crashed on my bed for a couple of hours, completely dead. Now I'm waiting for two other students from school to arrive, they took a later flight and got delayed so it's taking quite some time. Then I needn't to get to the supermarket and stock up on some groceries and sunblock, liters and liters of sunblock. It's so hot here, I don't know how people manage to live. Like I cant function properly in weather like this. Too Scandinavian to deal. Anyways, tomorrow I have my first day of work, starting at 10, but before that, I need to pick up my uniform and stuff. Wish me luck!


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The day has come. I am moving to Rome... Like, today?! It's 2:41 in the morning as I am writing this and I haven't slept a single bit, have been way too nervous. And now I would have to wake up in half an hour anyways, so there's not really a point in sleeping. I don't dare to, becuase what if I don't wake up from my alarm? Now that would be a real nightmare. Anyways, yesterday I finally moved out of campus and took an Uber to my old au pair family's house. Spent the evening here, drinking wine, eating cheese and just chatting away for hours. Then I had to repack a bunch of stuff and now that I'm finally done, it's too late to sleep. Gosh, I am going to be so tired when I arrive in Rome. Don't know how I'm going to deal with orientation and all that stuff in like... eight hours? Hopefully I can catch some valuable sleep on the flight. It will be interesting to see how I manage to navigate my two 23 kg suitcases... It's so heavy guys, I could barely get myself out of the Uber and in to this building. Alright, I'm going to stop rambling. Next time I write, I'll hopefully be in Rome! Wish me good luck guys!


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