Rome is a lot. There is a lot there. It is a very old city with thousands of years worth of history spanning across different eras in time from the Romans to the Papacy and the Renaissance to unified Italy and post-1945 Rome. I knew I would be fascinated by the history side of things (History student and all) but even I was shocked by the sheer scale of on-your-doorstep sites literally around every corner.
The history of Rome through the ages is blended seamlessly into the modern Italian city and you will find yourself stumbling onto beautiful and ancient things as you make your way down the sweeping boulevards and tiny cobbled streets that make up the city. I was in Rome for 12 days which is a long time to spend in one city and it is safe to say I’ve done nearly everything that will be on most weekend visitors to-see list.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t love Rome to begin with. In the first couple of days it didn’t sing to me and I was worried about spending nearly two weeks somewhere that I disliked as much as Paris. And now I’m so thankful I had all that time. Because Rome grew on me a lot and I got used to the bustling Roman way of life.
Before arriving from Stansted to Ciampino I had never set foot in Italy before. I had no prior knowledge of the culture or way of life before arriving aside from what I had researched. I don’t speak any Italian and can only do a hello or a thank you. I knew nobody in the city, hell the country. And I was going to spend six days there on my own.
When I decided to do a project on Roman bathing, a slight motive might have been my desire to visit Bath. I’ve barely seen anywhere in the UK and the southern English city has been on my bucket list for a while thanks to its stunning Georgian architecture and reputation for being lovely. And I wasn’t disappointed.
One slight regret I have about my trip to Bath is not doing sooner. I tacked it on to the end of my Italy trip which meant I was tired and missing home a lot so I didn’t give Bath all the love it deserves. I would definitely go back for an independent weekend visit!
Whilst my three weeks in Italy have been incredible, it has been the worst I’ve ever felt about my body. Probably ever. The whole of 2018 has been pretty shoddy in that department. I’ve never felt more massive, uncomfortable and unhappy with how I look.
And it was awful. I was in a beautiful place with so many things to see, gorgeous sunny weather and it was the most exciting thing I’ve done to date. Italy was beautiful but the thought of what to wear every morning had me filled with little bits of dread.
A few years ago I never read non-fiction books. I just wasn’t interested – when I was reading I wanted to be whisked away to a world I could escape in or be terrified by the thriller I was reading. But in the last few years, and since starting The Monday Project, non-fiction books have been a constant fixture in my recently reading.
I am obsessed with self-help books – I’ll ready anything that can give me a helping hand. I also love books relating to business, creativity and blogging – Charlotte wrote a fantastic list of books for bloggers a while ago which I’m still slowly working my way down. I also love personal books – I like reading about someone’s life, what they learnt, how they are still learning.