Today I’m off from work, and I took full advantage of it this morning, sleeping until noon. Yesterday I went for dinner and drinks with some friends from work and came home way later than planned, so it was well needed sleep. Once I did manage to drag myself out of bed, me and another intern took the bus in to the city. Our mission of the day was McDonalds. We were both having those hangover fatty food cravings, so it felt like heaven stuffing our bellies with burgers. Afterwards we walked around the city and did some shopping before we got on the bus back home. Now I just got back, trying desperately to get my WiFi to work, because I need a Netflix evening. Otherwise I’ll just have to do with some movie from my hard drive I’ve watched a billion and one times. Enjoy your evening guys, I’ll for sure enjoy spending mine in bed.
I've spent my days off this week in bed. Sick. Again. Oh well, life I guess. Instead of complaining about that, I thought I'd share with you a recent day in Rome. One thing I've had to really practice during the last few months is just going out and doing things on my own. Because we all have such changing schedules, a lot of my days off, all my friends are working. So it's either sitting home wasting my time, or just going out to do something. Like a few weeks ago, I had lunch in a restaurant all by myself for the first time. I just sat on the terrace, looking at people, enjoying my food and having a little chat with the waitress. I'm such a social person and to me it's taken a while getting used to just doing things on my own and learning how to enjoy my own company. But I'm starting to get a hang of it!
On this particular day, I started off with some shopping, wanting to get a nice Christmas gift for myself. But I just had one of those days when everything I tried on felt horrible. In the end, all I came home with was a new pair of tights, since I managed to rip mine while trying on clothes. Classic. I decided to change plans, refueled my energy with some McDonald's (biggest crime to eat nuggets while in Italy, I know) and decided on going to a museum instead. At Complesso del Vittoriano, next to Piazza Venezia, they currently have a Monet exhibition, which I'd been wanting to check out and so I did. Good decision! I'm gonna be honest, I'm not much for art, but it was really neat. Deffinitely recomend this place for anyone going to Rome, if they're showing any artist you're interested in. I was there this summer when they were showing Botero, which was really cool as well. Anyways, great day spent with myself, soaking up as much of Rome as I can on my last weeks here. I currently have less than four weeks left, how crazy is that?!
I used to be really good at me time. You know, time to just be with myself, clear my head, relax. But I feel like since I moved to Rome, I’ve completely forgotten how to take care of myself. My brain is on full speed all the time. There is so much going on constantly. So today when I got home, I took a long warm bath. Lit some candles, put on relaxing music and poured myself a glass of wine. Just stopped and let myself calm down for a bit. Afterwards I went upstairs to some colleagues for a little chat, but now I’m back down in my apartment and tucked in to bed. I’m going to read my new book and then I’m going to have a long nights sleep. Tomorrow I don’t start work until 3 pm and I was planning on waking up on time in order to not waste the day, but do you know what? I’m going to sleep in, cook myself a nice brunch and just relax. Today at work, I felt completely useless, because my mind was just everywhere and nowhere. I felt completely confused all the time and I kept forgetting what I was doing. It made me realize, that I really need to have these evenings of just taking care of myself and winding down a bit. So, I promised myself I’m going to take more time to do just that. Enough rambling, I’m really excited to get in to this book, so I’ll get back to y’all another time.