Travel Story: Alone in Rome
I spent 1 and a half days alone in Rome (after a trip to write in Positano). Here's a play by play of my aloneness while in Rome:
- •It was raining (like beautiful, movie scene rain) and I was the only person under my umbrella.It was a warm, rainy, Sunday afternoon, and as I aimlessly wandered ancient streets, I listened to the sound of big, soft raindrops hitting my umbrella and the cobblestone streets around me. This is EXACTLY what every American wants when they're in a beautiful old European city.
- •I ate gelato - alone.At Gelateria del Teatro (write it down, 100% go when you're in Rome) and I wanted someone I could give my spoon to and talk about how incredible it was with.
- •I ate dinner - alone.The waiter brought 2 menus and was confused when I said I only needed 1. Then he removed the other place setting so people passing by wouldn't think I was just temporarily alone while waiting for someone to join me, but was without a doubt, eating alone.
- •I went to Trevi Fountain - alone.A happy Chinese couple asked me to take their photo smiling in front of the fountain (since I wasn't busy kissing someone like EVERYONE else).
- •I waited to meet a beautiful girl.After all, this is how the movie version of this story should play out.
- •I walked the Spanish Steps - alone.So I didn't meet a beautiful girl at the Trevi Fountain, maybe I'd have better luck at the Spanish Steps. Nope.
- •I went back to my hotel room...and the couple in the room next door was having sex.And it was LOUD. I fell asleep to the sound of...I'll just call it "togetherness"
- •The next morning at the airport I meet the girl of my dreams, I stayed in Rome, we got married, we live in an amazing apartment and we make fresh pasta daily.Just kidding that never happened (but for anyone adapting this into a romantic comedy script, there's your ending).
- •Anyway...I wouldn't change this experience if given the chance!I think it's funny now. And I've done a lot of solo travel -- I think it's important to travel solo and experience the world without the comfort of someone familiar by your side. To really be alone in a foreign place is incredibly and oddly freeing...if you haven't traveled solo yet, I highly suggest you try it.
- •I'd love to hear your travel storiesIf you're reading this, consider this a list request for your own travel story...a glimpse into one of your travel memories. I'll share another soon...like the time I was gifted a chicken!