rome | character

Oh how I miss Europe. Sitting here at my desk, and I love that I've been in California for more than a month. I love that I don't have to finish everything before a trip or catch up after a trip. I'm just here and content. I do miss the travel and the exploration of new places, but I'm loving exploring the Bay Area. I'm so happy to meet up with friends in between deadlines and meetings. I love that I've had time to read in the in betweens, when I'm waiting in line for the post office or taking the train or when I arrive early for a meeting. I love it. Traveling can't compare to being at home, but I love both all the same.

Most of my heart will always be in California (the other part is in New York, of course).

 

Rome, Italy. January 2013 | Canon 5d markii 45mm tse

faves.

Rome

I love a good list.

I list everything... as you can tell by this and this and this.  So when I see a fun list on someone's blog, I'm always a fan.  Today's list was prompted by Leigh's post.

My current faves are as follows... 

1. regular skittles with green apple instead of lime
2. m&ms. 
3. redbull
4. my "happy happy happy songs" playlist I made in march. (I label my playlists with dates so I remember when I liked songs. it makes me nostalgic.) 
5. google search. I'd like to know who made up the work "nostalgic"... (Greek & Homeric, evidently) 
6. dress shirts. Although, I'm always a fan. But I think they're extra snazzy with shorts. 
7. this summer reading program. Maybe it'll help me get to my 52-books-in-a-year goal. 
8. my workstation. I really love doing work on this desktop. 
9. the colors of my branding. so classy and fun. (just like me!) 
10. crafting. been really in the crafting/scrapbooking mood. Trying to use all the supplies I've bought and never used. 
11. prepping packages for my clients. I really love packages. And I'm going to bring awesome excitement to anyone who's ever wanted a brown-paper package. :D
12. "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell. I thought I didn't like fiction, but I'm on my second time reading this book. It just gets better. 
13. my instax mini camera. 
14. reading outside. 
15. fiction...surprisingly. 16. warm summer nights. 
17. hugs
18. the melt. A restaurant downtown that serves the most delicious grilled cheese. 
19. girl time with my relatives and friends 20. being home.

p.s. The picture above is the building Sam and I stayed at in Rome. I left the shutter open so that when I looked up from the courtyard I'd know which room was ours. I miss our Europe trip.

 

Rome, Italy. January 2013 | Canon 5d markii 45mm tse

rome | on the street

When in Rome...

Visiting touristy spots is definitely a must, especially in a city with so much history like Rome.  However, I was sure to do some wandering (and getting lost) in this gorgeous city.  Texture covers every building, each with its own personality, much like the locals.  On this European adventure, I felt more like an observer than a tourist.  Over the years I've grown to love the experiences of immersing myself into a culture as much as I can.  Walking through side streets is a great way to do that.  Take the road less taken, for sure.  Off the beaten path!  Although, for a short time Sam & I rode one of those hop-on-hop-off tour buses, which I highly recommend to get a quick history and overview of a city.  (And if your feet are tired.)

This segment of the trip was very relaxing.  My cousin and I tried every type of pasta we could find.  And we spent many dinners just lounging and enjoying the scenery.  Rome is not my favorite city, but I did discover that many of the locals I saw were quite handsome and far more good looking than Parisian men.