Okay, I have some catching up to do with my last Italy posts, as you might have noticed from all the Napoli posts lately. I just want to save these last moment on here as well, so we'll work through the last days in Rome for a while longer. Let's get to it: Breakfast at the Waldorf! After having slaved away for six months at Rome Cavalieri, we sure deserved a treat. And a treat we got. The day after our last day as interns, we went back to the hotel for a proper breakfast. And let me tell you, we were treated like real VIPs. It was such a fun experience being on the other side of it. Sitting at the table we had been serving for weeks. Besides finally getting to dig in to that amazing buffé, we got a glass of champagne and special waffles from the kitchen with "Congratulations... Good Job!" written on the plate. I had an amazing internship, no matter how difficult it was at times, but let me tell you... Seeing those words felt absolutely fantastic. We actually made it.



After having stuffed our bellies with everything you can imagine and more, we said our goodbyes to our colleaugues, which was quite a sad moment, as you can imagine. We had a visit with HR to get all our papers and went to the bank to fix some stuff before heading out. Handing in my card to security when leaving was such a strange feeling. Working and living somewhere for six months, you kind of create a new life for yourself. New daily routines, friends, habbits, colleagues... And leaving the hotel for the last time kind of confirmed that this chapter is closing. It's about to end and then, that's it. That part of your life is over. Despite that, we left with smiles on our faces. It's easy to look back now and think of all the amazing memories made and people I met. Reality is, it was tough as well. I cried a lot during those six months. And I struggled. And at that point, being done felt like a relief as well. A lot of mixed emotions. All in all, I'm so happy I had the opportunity to complete an internship at Waldorf Astoria. Boy, have I learnt and grown a lot.


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I know there's been a lot of Napoli posts lately, but I want to show you guys all of it before I forget about it. Mostly because I can't stop thinking about Italy, and everyone I know has heard more than enough about it already, so this is my place to vent. Out of all the places I've been to in Italy, Napoli is one that I really want to return to. As we didn't have more than 28 hours or so to spend, I feel like we missed out on so much. On the other hand, we for sure made the most of it. I already told you about part of day two, having the most amazing pizza in my life and chilling by the ocean walk. So I thought I'd just show you some random photos from walking around in the city that day. I can imagine Napoli is not everyone's cup of tea. It had the beautiful coastline, sure, but I think when most people think about spending time at the coast in Italy, they think of these small, picturesque towns. Calm, relaxing, all that. Well, Napoli isn't. Napoli is loud and chaotic and a bit overwhelming. But in a beautiful way. I love big cities and even thoguh Napoli isn't that big, it sure had that big city feel. People living on top of each other, every tiny little corner used up to the max. Clothes hanging out to dry from every balcony and window. Cars honking and people yelling and the smell of city. But then you turn to a sidestreet and suddently everything is calm and serene. I don't know how to put words to Napoli, how to describe it for you guys to get the feel. It's just one of those one of a kind places, and to me, it was magical. I'll just let you see for yourselves. Unfortunately I didn't bring any camera, so iPhone photos will have to do. Next post I'll show you the most amazing view, which we walked more stairs than I've ever walked in my life to get to, and then I'm out of Napoli material... for now.


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Being very much single this Valentine's Day, I spent it as you should: with the people I love. My parents and I had some wine at home before heading to Djursholm and La Piazza for a nice dinner with my granddad and uncle. See, I think Valentine's is a pretty nice day, wether you're in a relationship or not. I just see it as a little reminder to show the people who are important to you a little extra love. Also, I finally had a good pizza for the first time since coming back from Italy. And that's enough to make me happy. Jokes aside, I hear so many people complain about being single on Valentine's and it's quite tiring. Let's all just appreciate the love we have in our lives instead of crying over the love we don't have. Boyfriends are overrated anyways, haha. Enough of the cheesiness and to the conclusion: Valentine's was a success this year! Hope yours was as well.


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Let's talk Napoli again! After we had cured our hangovers a bit with the most amazing pizza at Da Michele (which I told you about in pt. 2), we decided to walk down to the ocean. After getting lost a couple of times and blaming it on each other, we could finally see the water. And it was beautiful. It made me fall in love with Napoli even more. This city is amazing. Parts of the city is so crowded, with people and cars everywhere and tiny little alleys that have that big city smell that some people hate, but I just can't help to love. But then you get out to the ocean walk and it's so open and it smells like ocean and the water and sky melt together in this amazing blue and it's just stunning. So we walked along the water and considering it was 17 degrees, we figured we'd take the opportunity to have a drink on an outside terrace overlooking the water. I mean, I knew it would be a couple of months at least before I could do it again. So, we sat there sipping on spritz, talking about life and just admiring the beauty of the city. I remember feeling so overwhelemed. I spent so much of my internship longing to go home, but in that moment the last thing I wanted was to leave Italy. There are so many more places in this beautiful country I want to discover. Luckily I have a whole lifetime to do it.


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This past Sunday, when Josefine was visiting, we decided to stop by my granddad's place in Djursholm to say hi and take Selma, his dog, for a walk. I need to start doing this more often. It's so pretty over there by the water and I can spend hours just walking around looking at the houses. And of course spend some quality time with Selma, who's turning 13 this year and in other words, it might be the last year I have the chance to do it. Anyways, I should start going for walk more in general. A couple of years ago I used to walk for like an hour minimum per day. Especially now that I'm at home studying and not running around like a maniac at work. I'm rambling again... I just wanted to show you some pictures. Stockholm is so freaking pretty in winter, even if I can't stand the cold and the darkness.


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I don't know if I ever told you guys this, but when I was 17 I got on a plane all by myself and flew across the Atlantic ocean, all the way to the United Stated of America. The plan was to stay for almost a year, as part of a High School Exchange program. I ended up just staying a couple of months, but that's a long story I can tell you more about another time if you want. Before travelling to my host family in Idaho, I attended a camp for exchange students and one of the days we took a trip to Boston. It was quite horrible. There was this crazy heatwave and we had all these plans but ended up just hiding away in air conditioned stores to survive. I was always quite disappointed I never got to see Boston properly. Well, in less than a week, I'm going back! While I was working as an au pair in Amsterdam, I met this amazing girl called Dana, who is now one of my closest friends. Since I have some time off, and found returntickets for only 250 euros (!!!), I figured this is the time to go back. I am so crazy excited. I've been to the US quite a lot, but it's been a couple of years since I was there last time. Also I can't wait to see Dana. And I'll have something fun to show you guys again. So, stay tuned! Boston is calling.


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Have you guys seen the movie Eat Pray Love? You probably have. If not, you probably should. Either way, at one point of the movie, they have pizza in this little crowded place in Napoli. And if you go to Napoli and ask where to find the best pizza, there's usually two answers. It's either the place from that movie, or Sorbillo. Well, turns out Sorbillo has tons of people waiting outside to just get in at pretty much every point of the day, so we went for the movie option when we were in Napoli. The place is called Da Michele and if you ever go to Napoli, please promise me you go here. I literally had the best pizza in my life and it was like 6 euros or so and oh my God. So the place is nothing special at all. You'll have your drinks served in plastic cups, they probably never heard of interior design and yeah, it doesn't look like much from the outside or the inside. You'll be given three options: pizza without mozzarella, with mozzarella or with extra mozzarella. Of course we went for extra. In other words, what you're served here is just a basic margherita. But let me tell you: it's the best I've had in my life. And I've had enough pizza to last a lifetime during my past six months in Italy. Just go there. If you're anywhere close to Napoli ever, I swear it's worth a visit just for the pizza. For a lot of other resons as well, that I'm covering in other posts in my little Napoli series, but THE PIZZA... Try it. Please.


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This weekend has been a pretty amazing one. On Friday, I spent my morning finishing a school report that was due in complete chaos and panic, like I always do. You might think you tend to procrastinate, but you are currently reading the blog of the queen of procrastination. I just don't get shit done if I don't feel pressured or stressed, so I tend to leave my school work to the very last minute. Well, I got it done and sent it in a couple of minutes before deadline. So okay, my weekend wasn't off to the best start, but it only got better from there! After quickly getting ready, I took the bus and metro in to town and met up with Josefine. If you've been following this little corner of the internet for a bit, you might remember her as my number one partner in crime in Amsterdam. She started working for my first au pair family about the same time as I started Hotelschool. We hung out constantly and we're basically the same person in so many ways. It was great to have her visit after so many months apart. Friday evening we went to a birthday celebration of one of my high school friends and had a pretty wild night out. So you can imagine Saturday was for hangover pizza, movie watching and a relaxing chill session in the jacuzzi. Hangover hangout on point. Sunday we went to my granddads place, had a walk around Djursholm to dream about the houses we'll never afford and then went in to town. We had a nice little touristy walk around Stockholm Old Town, before it was time to wave goodbye. I had dinner plans, but I was completely exhausted, so I cancelled and went home for Sunday dinner and movie night with the fam. And that was my weekend! Hope yours was just as great!


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Around noon on Sunday, it was time for me to get on a plane again. This time from Stockholm to Amsterdam. My dear, dear Amsterdam. Coming back there just always feels like coming home. I met up with a friend, we had some food and walked around for a bit before heading to another friend's house. I spent the evening chilling with some girls from my sorority, ordering way too much food and watching stupid movies. Perfect Sunday evening.



I woke up pretty early on Monday, completely disoriented at first. You know when you're sleeping somewhere you're not used to and it takes a few moments for your brain to realize? Yep, that feeling. My friends had to leave, so I got ready, said "see you in a month!" and started walking toward the city. My real reason for visiting Amsterdam was a meeting with a real estate agent to look at a couple of rooms, but I had some hours to spare before that. So I walked around for hours with music in my ears, just taking in the city and familiar streets. Oh, it really felt like being home. However, it was freezing so I decided to have lunch at Bagels&Beans close to Leidseplein, and then I did a bit of shopping on Kalverstraat. And then it was time! I got on the tram to Amsterdam West and I found a room I really liked! Yesterday I sent in the first payment to the real estate agent, which means I officially booked the room and I wont have to go back to Amsterdam homeless this spring! It is such a relief. Anyways, after the meeting I went back to the center, sat down at Starbucks with a huge chai latte and enjoyed a good book before I met up for a friend for a couple of beers. And then it was suddenly time to head back to the airport... Life of a jet setter, you know. Just kidding. But seriously I can't believe how much I'm travelling these last couple of years. I'm actually excited to get back to Amsterdam and stay there for a bit. Have a set point to be for more than a few months.


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On my last full day in Rome, I took the bus to the city together with Andrea and Henri. We didn't have much of a plan, except for lunch at one point, but as it was the last day for both me and Henri, we just wanted to make some last memories in the city. We got off at our usual stop and walked the few minutes to Piazza di Spagna, before deciding to take a stroll past Colosseo. See, I was always a bit underwhelmed by the Colosseo. I mean, not that it isn't completely magnificent, but Rome has so much beauty everywhere that I never really understood the fascination. However, it has had quite a special meaning to me these past six months in Italy. Whenever I would feel like just giving up and going home, I would take the bus to the city, go for a walk and almost always end up there. And I would look up at that huge building thats been standing there for century after century and I would remind myself: Work might suck sometimes, it's difficult being away from family and friends and Italians have an amazing ability to drive me nuts. But I'm standing here infront of this amazing building that people only dream of seeing - and I'm here just walking past it on a regular stroll around town. So yeah, it was great to see it one last time, for a while at least. And while we were there, we were also close to Propaganda, which we'd heard were supposed to have pretty nice food! So, we had some lunch and cocktails there together and oh my gosh, writing about it is making me miss Rome so, so much...


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