In Roma, sipping my Aperol spritz overlooking the Pantheon piazza, listening to an opera singer in the distance.. Oh and now the church bells join in to ring out over the city.
Funny thing when I stumbled upon this place and decided to take a seat… the waiter did comment on my ‘solo’ status.

Something along the lines of either
1) Your own company is all you need
OR
2) You won’t be ‘solo’ all that long

Ha! I think I’ll just oscillate between the two as my mood takes me

I forgot! It’s a full moon tonight. Oh to be in Rome in the summer months with the thought of a full moon rising above. I wonder if I’ll see it come up amongst the buildings? Maybe at the Trevi Fountain or perhaps at the Spanish Steps?

Hmmm…. I’m feeling quite overwhelmed right now. I think it’s sensory overload. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes. The history and the romance (well, yes, I am on my own but I think I’m an okay date for myself) of Rome.

The Opera singer has left for the evening so the crowd is slowly dispersing in the Piazza. I feel very at peace just sitting here, watching the world, writing, sipping my Aperol and devouring my Aperitivo since I haven’t eaten since this morning.

Mmm, which way will I walk home? I really have only a vague idea of where I am in relation to my apartment. Maybe stick to the more touristy options so as not to court danger?

(Okay – need to omit some of my writing here – I drift off into a space I’m not prepared to share just now – maybe another time, so…. Blah blah blah… fill in the blanks and we pick back up here..)

I’ve been sitting here for hours now, enjoying my Aperitivo and bowl of delicious seafood and glass of chilled white wine, just soaking it all in. I guess I will have to move at some point.
Maybe when my vino runs out?
I actually think I could almost pitch a tent and just lay here the rest of the night soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of Rome.

Maybe because it’s the first time I’ve really had to myself since I’ve been away?
I’m not sure what it is, but it really doesn’t matter either. It is what it is and I’m reveling in it.

Wow! I’m in Rome! On my own!

I have to absorb every moment, every last drop of it. Only one more day. I can sleep on the plane! Enjoy it now. Live it now.
Hmmm…. Could I live in Italy? Perhaps.
Yes, actually I think I could.

Think it’s time to begin the stroll home.

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