4 April 2015
It’s the last day in Rome and also the last day of our Europe trip! Ironically, this last day happened to be my favourite day in Rome (in Rome only). Not because I was looking forward to finally going back, though a part of me do miss the sun and better skin in Singapore, but it was more of where we visited.
Finally no more churches!!! Although the place is just walls of ruins again, at least it was quite nice for photos and there are some greens (:
The place was actually quite huge – it was the second largest Roman public baths, but the views are all these stones and damaged walls now 😅 Still, I just like this place better, maybe because the structures are all in their unique forms, so it’s like same same but different~
I think the other reason why I quite like this day is because I took quite a number of nice pictures here! I think I hardly have any nice pictures in Rome (except all the selfies at The Colosseum) because there are just nothing much in Rome ._.
The rock is actually quite shaky and high, and it was quite scary getting up and down it, but all for these nice shots! 😀 The PRC woman that walked past tried to copy me after that, but she couldn’t get up…bleah.
Went back to our area for dinner before preparing for our departure~ We wanted to try a Chinese restaurant, but I am quite skeptical about having Chinese food in an European country, so we settled for our usual place, which is this fast-food restaurant called Chicken Hut!
I think we ended up eating there almost everyday, until we turned from foe to friend with the staff! Hahaha! At the start, I think he didn’t like us very much because we asked a lot of questions about the menu. And we tried to change our soft drink to mineral water (Bro and I are both not fans of soft drinks) which he finds it weird and did not allow.
But the more we patronise, the friendlier he became and on our last day, he even gave us this huge bottle of mineral water because he knows how much we love mineral water! LOL! He also had a hard time trying to guess where we are from and I promised I will reveal the answer if I see him again xD
Yet another super long overnight flight, transiting at Dubai again~ But at least there wasn’t any weirdo sitting beside me this time, if I remember correctly. And I really really like Emirates‘ food!!!!!! I was actually waiting eagerly for it to be served, because we were both famished by then…haha!
And just when you thought the 12-hour (excluding transit time) is bad enough, wait till the jet lag kicks in. I swear that I was like a walking zombie everyday; insomnia at night and feeling like shit in the day! And it actually lasted for like 2 weeks! Super horrible feeling and it was really hard switching the body clock back from GMT+2 to GMT+8 @.@
I think that’s the “price” for travelling, but it’s definitely all worthwhile. So despite the terrible jet lag and the big hole in the pocket, Europe has been a great experience and I am still so glad that I fulfilled my own wish, with my hard-earned money! That’s my motivation for working – to see the world!
I am also so glad that Bro was steady enough to agree on going with me right away and as much as many might think that it’s weird to travel with your sibling, I actually think it’s not that bad! I had someone to carry my super heavy luggage for me, someone to feed me well, take care of me, take nice photos for me and etc, it’s almost like travelling with your boyfriend! Hahaha! Sounds like incest now, but it was definitely a good bonding session for us, I would say (:
Now, here’s my humble review for the various countries!
Best shopping: London
Best accommodation: Paris
Best bargain (for branded goods): Florence
Most worth a visit: Cinque Terre
Most beautiful city: Venice
I did not give Rome any “prize” because honestly, I don’t really like it ._. It’s nice in its own way, but I guess I’m really not a fan of history and stone-age stuff. Plus I really can’t think of anything that I really like there – food not nice; accommodation staff racist; worst service at the tax refund in airport.
We don’t regret going Rome of course, but Bro and I both think that we have too many days in Rome and we didn’t really need so many days. I mean for all the other cities, I think we have spent quite enough time, which is why we allocated our remaining days for Rome. But if I had known that there’s not much in Rome, perhaps we would have spent 1 more day Cinque Terre.
I must make sure that the next time I visit, I gotta stay at least one night there so that I can finish all 5 villages without rushing! 😀 Well at least we had managed to visit this time, but Cinque Terre would have probably deserved a longer stay amongst all the places that we visited!
Thank you to the Wright brothers for inventing airplanes!!! Looking forward to explore the next destination, always! 😉