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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I was just sitting in my room a few minutes ago, staring at all my luggage and packed up stuff. Pretty much my whole life, tightly squeezed in two suitcases and a backpack. And it hit me. In less than a day and a half, I will be in Rome. Not for a vacations or short visit - I will be living there. For six whole months. I haven't really told you guys that much about it yet, because I wanted to make sure I had passed enough courses in my first year to be able to go. Before putting it black on white, you know. I don't want to go to far in to what I'll be doing there, because honestly I just want to rant a bit about all the emotions I'm feeling right now. But basically, to give you a little overview: after completing the first year of Hotelschool, everyone goes on an internship for 5-6 months. I am doing mine at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria for six months. I have been so busy the last few weeks with finals, packing, saying goodbye to everyone and having my parents visit, that I haven't really had time to just breathe and sink. And it wasn't until tonight, staring at those suitcases, that I realised. I-am-moving-to-Rome. It's freaking scary. Like, really terrifying. But in that amazingly bubbly, butterfly in your belly kind of way. It feels surreal, but it's about to become reality. In less than 36 hours. I don't really know what to expect regarding the job, but I'm really excited to learn and to see what working in hospitality is really like. And I'm excited about wine on rooftops in the evening sun, getting lost on small cobble stone streets, embarrassing myself trying to pronounce Italian words and stuffing my belly with as much pasta as I possibly can. What ever happens, it will be an adventure for sure. And I hope you all want to come along with me!


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Yesterday we woke up a lot more rested than the previous days, but still pretty exhausted. We had planned to make a little day trip so another city in the Netherlands, but came to the conclusion we were just too tired. So we had a breakfast in the school café and then got on the tram in to the city center instead.



After a lot of walking and a little bit of shopping, we made our way to Vondelpark. Despite the fact that it's always pretty crowded with tourists smoking pot and almost crashing in to you with their biked every five seconds, it is one of my favorite spots in the city. On sunny days it is just so... I don't know, alive. You can find all different kinds of people here, which is perfect for someone who is obsessed with people spotting like me. Cutest today was this old couple above who brought their chairs to sit and lunch and read in the sun, but both ended up falling asleep with their chins to their chests. Sunday life goals.



Mom and I had gone to the store on the way and bought everything we felt like eating: baguette, salami, parma, cheese, some nachos and guacamole and fresh strawberries. And of course, we paired it with a couple of mimosas. We sat down in the shadow because the sun was flaming hot and us Swedes tend to just melt away in heat like that. Don't ask me how I plan on surviving summer in Rome, working at a pool bar. But that's another story. Let's stay on track.



When our bellies were full and our noses started itching too much from all the pollen flying around, we walked around for a bit more before we got on the tram back to the hotel. Man, I'm going to miss this city a lot while I'm away. Good thing I'll be back again in six months. Anyways, we had planned to go out for dinner in the evening, but decided we were just too tired for that as well. So we ordered pizza and ate it in bed with a cheesy romcom in the background. Another thing I will miss? My mom. It's been so lovely having her here. But just a few weeks and we'll hopefully see each other again. Today I have a kitchen catch up, 6:45 until 15:00. Fun stuff... (Not really).

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Yesterday, when we were finally finished packing and cleaning, the room had been checked and approved and I could finally check out of campus, we definitely deserved a little treat. So mom and I took the tram to central and walked to PANCAKES Amsterdam, which is right by Amsterdam Centraal. I have been wanting to go so many times but it's just never happened. Either the line has been to long or something else has come in between. Why have I've been wanting to go here? I've heard from so many people, locals and visitors, that you can find the best pancakes in Amsterdam here. And let me tell you guys - I wan not dissapointed. We ordered two different savoury pancakes to share, one with ham/cheese/spinach and one with goat cheese/spinach/garlic oil. They were both heaven, but I've gotta say, nothing beats a good old ham and cheese pancake. In Sweden, we mainly eat sweet pancakes but discovering this way of eating them is one of my favourite wisedoms I've picked up since moving to the Netherlands. Anyways guys, this place is definitely worth a visit! Unfortunately we didn't have room for any sweet stuff, but everything that passed by us looked and smelled like a little piece of heaven. Staff was really friendly and nice as well, and once we finally got seated service was really quick and efficient. Okay, I'm going to stop ranting about pancakes. Just go there. They have a couple of different locations, find out more here: Pancakes Amsterdam .


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Wow. The last days have been exhausting. Both physically and emotionally draining. Today was move out day at campus. When you start Hotelschool, all first year students have to live on school campus. It's one of the best and worst things I've done in my life. You meet so many amazing people and friends for life. You learn a lot about yourself and about how to handle different kinds of people, situations and cultures. But it's also difficult. You don't have your own space, you never really get away from school, you have to deal with a lot of gossip that spreads through campus faster than fire and the people you don't like - well, you have to face them every single day at your own home. I thought I'd summarize the whole first year in a post but it's going to be long, so that will have to wait for a bit because right now, I'm completely exhausted. The last couple of days, all we've been doing is cleaning and packing and then cleaning some more. It has been hours and hours and hours of work and barely any sleep. Thank god I've had my mom here to help me. Now we're laying in a hotelbed in the school hotel, going to read a little bit an then get some beauty sleep so we can finally go out and do some exploring together tomorrow. Sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite!


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This morning, my mom finally came to Amsterdam! She's here to help me pack and move out of my room at campus, but of course we're also going to use the time to have an amazing girl's weekend together. Today we spent a few hours cleaning my room, then we went to have lunch at Zurich, which is a really nice café in the middle of Mercatorplein. Now we're back at campus, resting a bit before we start dealing with packing. That is going to take a while, haha. I have so much stuff, I have no idea how to fit everything in two suitcases for Rome. Which is, by the way, only one week away. How exciting isn't that?! Anyways, I'm going to have a little nap because I'm in deperate need of a little energy boost! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday evening.


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