Roughed up in Roma.

After an awesome night out in Barcelona, I hopped on a plane feeling a little worse for wear and headed to Roma!

Ahhhhh Rome, I had heard so much about this beautiful city and couldn’t wait to explore.

I dropped off my bags and quickly headed out before the sun went down. I had booked a cute little place where I had my own room but shared kitchen and bathroom. It was a beautiful old apartment in a really shitty part of town.

Dammit!

I walked around for a while not straying too far from my apartment and found a place to sit down and eat.

First mistake.

My waiter quickly took a liking to me and asked me for a drink when he finished work. I was umming and ahhhing about it because I thought he was full on and my instincts were telling me it wasn’t the best idea. Finally he said “Well I finish at 10 so come back down here if you want to have a drink”.

I went home, messaged a few friends asking what should I do – that should’ve been the indication right there… after a while I decided bugger it – it’ll be nice to go have a chat with someone and get out in rome – after all “When in Rome…”

Second mistake.

I arrived and first thing old mate does is grab me on the butt – yeah, this was never going to end well.

We walked down to a pub and had a drink, all the while he’s attempting to grope me and I’m attempting to exit.

After what was far too long I ended up making a speedy exit – not before he asked to come and lay with me in my room and casually stuck his hand up my skirt.

Yeah – good try buddy.

So after that I didn’t really venture out in Roma after dark.

The following morning I got up early and walked and walked and walked!!

First stop – Colosseum…

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Ooooh a Fiat in Rome!

I then stopped to get some gelati before visiting the Trevi Fountain.

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While walking around near the Trevi Fountain, I saw this guy killing it with a spray can. There are heaps of these people all over Rome but this guy was unreal! I watched him complete 2 paintings in the space of 10 minutes.

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I bought the picture of The Colosseum for my friends and carted it all over Rome and into Turkey before leaving it behind somewhere!

I also visited the Altare della Patria, also known as the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II.

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This thing is HUGE! I mean, everything in Rome is huge but this was crazy – inside I saw some really cool artefacts from Italy’s war efforts.

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First fixie perhaps?

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The next morning I headed straight to the Pantheon.

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I was blown away by this building. It was definitely one of my favourite sites in Rome.

I had read that “Rome’s Best Coffee” was situated right near The Pantheon so I had to stop in. The coffee was pretty good, typically Italian.

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The latte art, however!

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I sampled some more gelati on my way to Vatican City…

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I then hung out in Campo de’ Fiori and snacked on some truffle bruschetta and an awesome salad.

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Aside from the creepy guy on the first night I really enjoyed the sites of Rome. It is like walking around a museum and everything is MASSIVE! It was awesome seeing all these places you hear about in school and university.

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I did feel hassled in Rome though – I think the blonde hair drew attention which was a shame. I definitely would stay in another area next time and I think I would enjoy it heaps more walking around having someone to share it with!

After 3 days of walking in Rome it was time for Turkey! YEW! Meeting up with family sailing on The Med. Hells yeah!

Speak soon!

Brickie.

 

Barcelona Bar Hop.


Barcelona!

Spain! I made it – time to party!

I think it’s fairly common knowledge that The Spanish like to party!

I have always had a love and fascination with Spanish culture, ever since we did a crash course in Spanish in year 7. By crash course I mean we tormented our poor Spanish teacher for 6 months before we moved on to Japanese.

While in Barcelona, I had the pleasure of staying with my brother in-laws brother Luke, and his gorgeous girlfriend Camille.

Luke and Cam live in this fantastic apartment in Barri Gotic, near the water and just of La Rambla – a famous strip in Barcelona lined with restaurants and rows and rows of souvenir stores. The area is a maze of sandstone buildings which open in to squares, the place is filled with bars and cafes and totally transforms of an evening.

Streets of Barcelona

I spent the first day by myself as Cam had taken Luke to Angora for the weekend (and had managed to cross the border without their passports – this girl gets stuff done!!) so I headed off to the beach where I discovered a lost and found market filled with music, food and vintage clothing.

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I spotted a La Marzocco coffee machine and nearly wet my pants!! It was just 3 young guys selling their own beans and good coffee, yet another reason to fall in love with this place!

I also found a food and wine festival while walking to the beach – 10 for 3 tastings and a Riedel glass. Have I mentioned I LOVE Barcelona!

I hung out on the beach most of the day – drinking cocktails and relaxing. Perfection. I also found this super cute vegan place – just one girl pumping out some tasty vegan treats.

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The following day Luke, Cam and one of their friends Teddy and myself  trekked all over Barcelona, looking at all of Gaudi’s AMAZING works.

The guy was unbelievable – his works are a mix of spirituality, religion and acid trips. Sandstone and colours intertwined to form these awe inspiring buildings.

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Teddy made a valid point –  “Imagine being the guy who was commissioned to work on the building next to a Gaudi building. It’d be almost impossible!”

Luke gave us quite the guided tour of Barcelona – he showed us some places that neither Teddy or I would have even known existed if it wasn’t for his and Cam’s local knowledge.

Including a bar hop…..

That evening we hit some of the local bars… it quickly got out of hand.

Teddy and I started off in this great bar which featured a zombie looking installation of a guy taking a crap on one of the walls…

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Luke then took us to this Cava bar where we all lost our shit a little. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that is beautiful and ridiculously cheap

This place is an institution – absolutely PACKED with people, you must order food with every drink. They serve tapas and glasses of  Cava for cheap cheap!

The only way I could describe it is like “a sausage sizzle with champagne” and when you’re done you just throw your rubbish on the floor – what of it?!

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We also visited a cider bar and tried our hand at blow darts – basically just darts but you shoot them out of your mouth because apparently it’s safer…

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Please note the score – I kicked butt!

We then visited one of Hemingway’s old hangs and naturally had some absinthe…

…and the rest is a bit of a blur!

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Luke and Cam were great hosts!

They took us to the amazing food markets La Boqueria where there was just rows and rows of food stalls and people everywhere. I saw some funky looking foodstuffs…

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The street art throughout Barcelona was amazing too!

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I just love this city, it has so much going on – the food, the bars, the beach and the buildings!

After spending a few days here I was desperate to find a way to stay! Next trip I will definitely plan to spend more time in Spain.

After travelling for a few weeks on my own it was so nice to see some family – even though I had only met Luke one time before this – at my sister and Andrew’s wedding. The hospitality that him and Cam showed me was just wonderful.

Next stop Roma – I won’t give too much away but I was definitely in for a bit of a shock….

Speak soon,

Brickie!