I'm off to Rome!

I can't believe that in just over six hours, I will be in Rome. I have been wanting to visit Rome ever since I learnt about the ancient romans in primary school - and especially later on when I watched the Sabrina goes to Rome movie. I was and still am a big fan of the show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, I would love for them to bring that back, Nickelodeon just isn't the same anymore.

Anyway, as I am going on holiday, I figured I would post a holiday themed blog - The Rome Edition. The last time I went on holiday was when I went to Disneyland Paris a year ago, and I have been working/studying ever since, so it is safe to say I'm a little excited!

Before I start, although I am pretty sure she doesn't read my blog, I would like to thank my mother for paying for this trip as my graduation present. and I would like to thank my friend, Daniel, for coming with me, and myself for organising it so ridiculously cheap.  And when I say cheap, I mean £150 each for five days - thats for flights, transfers, hotel, Wifi, and a breakfast buffet every morning.  I could ramble on for hours about how I got it so cheap, but I'll spare you the boredom, - It involves a lot of searching, scrolling, and trying to remember passwords for websites I forgot I was even a member of. Whether it has paid off or not is another matter, I'll let you all know how it went when I get back!

Before I get distracted again, lets start with some travel essentials:

As they were all on offer in Boots, I picked up more adorable mini things than I could ever possibly need. I have never used the Toni & Guy shampoo/conditioner range before, but as they didn't have miniature versions of the brand I usually use, I decided I would give them a try. I could have bought the little travel bottles, and poured my own into them, but I am always a little paranoid that they are are going to come undone and ruin everything.  Toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, dry shampoo, all essentials, I shouldn't really need to explain them. BUT check out that hand sanitiser! it smells like strawberry laces. STRAWBERRY LACES!! I already have the hand soap version of this in my bathroom which smells amazing, so I am super excited that this exists.

Now for the important stuff, books. I don't normally leave the house with at least two books in my bag, so why should leaving the country be any different? Notice that I said books. I don't care how much less room they take up, I will never surrender into buying an eReader. Technology and books, should not mix. Ever.

I am bringing Nicole Georges graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, and Matthew Hughes, The Damned Busters. As I mentioned before, I can finish reading a graphic novel in next to no time, so I opted to only bring the one, and as I have been meaning to read Damned Busters since I bought it a few weeks ago, I figured I would use my plane journey as an excuse to start and most probably finish it.  Knowing me, I'll probably end up buying another book at the airport too - do books get classed as Duty Free items? If so, I will be buying EVERYTHING on my wish list.  I will gladly dump out all of my clothes and replace them with books!

I wish I could speak Italian, I would love to spend hours in a little Italian book store, reading books that don't have translated counterparts. It pains me to know that there are novels out there that I cannot read, because I can't understand the language. There are so many stories that I will never be able to read - I should have chosen to study a language alongside my degree. Sigh.

Dexter couldn't resist attempting to help me pack, I know I said essentials, but I don't think they will let me through customs with him in my case. I'm only going for a week, but I'm going to miss him so much! Dexter sleeps with me almost every night, so I've grown used to the way he stretches out and takes up most of the room; I have a feeling I'm going to find it harder to sleep than I usually do.

And that's a wrap. The world as we know it owes a lot to Rome and the Roman empire. An empire that still existed at time, when it should have long since perished. Their discoveries have had a massive affect on what we know about the world and how we have progressed as a civilisation. I can't wait to get there and explore what was once considered the capital of the world.  Roma Invicta!

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See you when I get back!

Kirstie xo

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