I had never been to Europe before I took this trip. Yet, I had been travelling the world since I was a mere babe and it took 25 years to eventually get to Europe. I made a promise to myself last year when I turned 25 on October 25th; I told myself that this would be a year that I would never forget.
Even though I had never been, I knew that as soon as I arrived in Europe that I would fall in love. I would fall in love with the people, the culture, and the history. I mean sure, Canada has people, culture, and history too, but nothing like what I experienced in Europe. And no; I am not being biased because I am of European heritage…I promise!
I took an overnight flight from Toronto to arrive in Rome mid-Friday morning. A weekend in Rome? Yes please!!
Side note: Pearson Airport has undergone a lot of changes since I was there last year. I was a very happy girl relaxing in that tech-savvy world of ready-to-use iPad stations and there was even a Best Buy vending machine too!
Anyways fast-forward through a nine hour flight (ha! I wish) and I was glad to have a few days to myself before I started my tour with Contiki (more about this later). It would give me a chance to enjoy the city at my own pace and on my own time.
I had a driver pick me up from the airport (yes he was actually holding a sign with my name on it!) *insert movie-star-moment feeling here*. And for a moment I actually thought this was the car he was leading me to…
The days leading up to my trip I was getting extremely nervous. Maybe I was a little more excited than nervous, but I was still nervous. I was going to be by myself in a new place where I knew nobody. The great thing about spending time by yourself in a new place where you know absolutely nobody, is that you learn a lot about yourself, very quickly. For example, I got lost trying to find the Colosseum and I just went with the flow.
To get around that day I used a map from time-to-time but eventually I got myself to wherever I needed (or wanted) to go. Let’s just say that reading a map is not my forte. However, noting landmarks and using them as a way to get myself around, that’s something I can do with ease.