Hey guys, I'm back again from an amazing week in Boston! It's really been so, so great. I went to visit an old au pair friend and our days have been filled with exploring, laughing, eating, discovering, shopping, cocktails, new experiences and laughing some more. I have lots to tell you and a bunch of photos to show, so we'll do it like we always do and divide it into a couple of different posts. For now I just wanted to let you know that I'm still alive. I'm struggling like crazy with jet lag, but starting to slowly feel like a normal person again. Trying to get some studying done this week, and on Friday I fly to Amsterdam. My dad is coming with me, and we're picking up the keys to my new place, making a couple of IKEA runs and probably building furniture all weekend. So we'll see if I have time to tell you about my Boston trip this week... or else it will just have to wait until next. Hope you're all doing great and not freezing to ice like we all are over here in Sweden, aka North Pole. Seriously just waiting to look outside my window and spot a polar bear. Certainlty wouldn't mind going back to 17 degrees C and sunshine in Boston.
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.
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.