When I threw a coin into the Fontana di Trevi in 2014, I did not truly believe that, as the legend says, I would return to Rome. Not only did I not truly believe it, but I recently learned that I partook in this tradition in the completely wrong way, which means I shouldn't return to Rome, right? Wrong! Even though I did not throw the coin over my left shoulder with my right hand (I did it the Lizzie McGuire way... no shame) here I am today, in Rome, once again. This time with my girlfriend!
Spending the night in Ukraine (which you can read about here) made me believe that going to Rome for a second time was too good to be true, that this was the universe's way of telling me, "Who are you really kidding?"
Despite throwing the coin in the Trevi Fountain the Lizzie McGuire way, and not the "original-legend way," here's how this all came to be: In June 2015, Lucy East, an alluring, beautiful woman, asked me to be her girlfriend. One and a half years later we are going strong and enjoying every chance we get together. I use the word chance because we don't see each other often; we have been long distance since the day we started dating. Currently she is a studio art major and studying abroad in the eternal city, Roma! And that's what brings me here this holiday, my Lucy. There's nothing like being in a relationship and feeling like you're falling in love all over again. We've only been together for a few days and continuing to learn so much about each other. Whenever we finally get to see each other, we're only able to be together for about a week at a time; lucky for us this time we are spending a solid 18 days together!!
In Rome, our airbnb was in Ottaviano, right next to the Vatican and many eateries and clothing stores. It was so cute! It was also, very conveniently, located near Temple University residences which is where Lucy has been living this past year. Now when Lucy and I are apart for another 5 months in 2017, her life in Rome won't be completely unknown to me.
All in all, Rome is breathtaking. I have to go back at least three more times to soak it all in. I didn't throw a coin into the Trevi this time around though...
If you visit Rome in the future, my top three favorite places in Rome so far have been:
2. Monte Pincio (Pictured above)
4. Flying Tiger (based in Copenhagen but still a very cute store with silly toys and trinkets)
What's your favorite place to visit? Comment below!