Hello to you all after my week-long absence from the blog! As you may recall from my previous post, my partner and I took a much needed vacation this week, but now we are back energized and filled with many great stories and relaxing experiences 🙂
As our first “airbnb” experience, we travelled to Rome, Italy 🙂 Although our trip was quite short, it was filled with incredible adventures and ever lasting memories. We stayed in the Trastevere neighbourhood, which allowed us to be only minutes away from all the historic sites and tourist attractions! As you can imagine, we took over a thousand pictures, ate delicious food, and visited many many awe-inspiring sites and places! 🙂
When traveling, we expect to learn new things about other places, people, cultures, etc. But, have you ever noticed how much you learn about yourself after each travel experience? What I have always found astonishing is how much I have learned about myself every time I have travelled!!! One thing that stood out the most for us after our visit to Rome was how much we have gotten used to our fast-paced every day life! We grab our coffees to go, we rush through our dinner, end our social gatherings shortly after finishing our meal, and… The list can go on, but you get the idea! We are always in a hurry! I am not against multi-tasking, but sometimes, our desire to do everything at the same time, is at the expense of missing out on precious experiences and moments that we will never get back!
Shortly after arriving in Rome, we clued in that the concept of “to-go” coffee is rare and almost non-existent. If you want a coffee, tea, espresso, etc., you simply walk into a café, are seated at a table, and wait to be served. The server gives you time to study the menu and decide on what to order. Then, you are approached and asked for your order. In the meantime, you patiently sit and wait, and if you are with other people, you socialize and enjoy your experience 🙂 This all seems like common sense, but yet very foreign to us! My partner and I couldn’t remember the number of times that we have actually gone to a café, sat down, and simply have not bought our drinks in to-go cups!
We often go out for coffee-dates, but they are usually an extension of a larger plan, such as shopping, running errands, etc…Now that we are back from our vacation, we are going to do things a little bit differently, and try and live our life, not on fast-forward, but at a normal pace 🙂
Once in a while, visit a cafe, order something, sit down, talk, drink/eat, and then leave 🙂 Try it, or if you already do this, then try it more often. You will see how liberating and relaxing it can be. Sometimes all you need is to slow down and enjoy the moment!
So, yesterday, to calm our post-travel blues and return to our daily life, we decided to have a Roman experience, and by that I mean getting ourselves some drinks, going shopping, visiting a new restaurant (Rawlicious) for lunch, and lastly exploring the downtown area 🙂
We are definitely not singing the blues 😉 If anything, we are excited to have had the opportunity to travel, and are even more thrilled about what our future travel plans may hold!
Since our return, I have been so inspired that I have already added a Travels page to my blog 🙂 Soon, I will be writing about our short but amazing trip to Rome, as well as our future travels – wherever they may be:) So stay tuned, because I will have a lot of photos from our trip, as well as some of our interesting and exciting experiences. I am hoping the Travels page will become a place where we can all share our travel experiences and adventures and learn from each other 🙂 So feel free to add any tips and suggestions with regard to any places you may have visited or plan to visit 🙂
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett
Until my next post, so long for now…