Happiness is having a mother who takes you to Rome

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While I should be studying for my very last UG exam, I have found it very hard to concentrate for the past couple days. There might be something to due with the fact that I’m flying back home sooner than I can realize. Though sad to leave Hong Kong, by now  I am already very excited and anxious to get to the plane. So, in a way of avoid opening my books, I came across these photos from our trip to Rome in Fall 2012. I’m fortunate enough to have a mom who is always happy to do a little escape from the everyday life back home.

It was my second time in Rome after a family trip to Italian countryside and to some cities few years back, which remains one of the favourite trip ever for all of us. This time, I fell in love with the little alleys, cozy yet historic atmosphere and impressive old architecture. We managed to find, what we felt as the best hotel in Rome, with an amazing view over the city from the breakfast room.  I love the Italian grocery stores where you can find fresh dishes to pull of a perfect picnic with very reasonable prices. Fresh flowers and little cheese, wine and gelato shops everywhere… Though I do find Rome an amazing city, I could not see myself living there but rather be happy visiting as a tourist. Until now, only New York, London and Hong Kong has made me feel like I belong there. Besides my beloved home city of course;). Yet Italy is one of my favourite countries, and I’m constantly dreaming of going back to the countryside, Tuscany in particular. Sunsets behind the valleys and getting lost to a vineyard… Hopefully I will find myself there soon.

Meanwhile, I’m now getting lost to my brand management book for the next days and eventually finding myself from Helsinki airport on early Tuesday morning ❤

P.S. These pictures were the very first that I took with my first professional camera, so forgive the quality, and hopefully there has been development seen since 😉

School’s out

Sending in my last study-related assignment for this semester felt particularly exciting this time. This meant that the next time I will actually study in university is going to be in 9 months from now. In terms of working, this summer will be different from the previous ones. For the first time, I am given the opportunity to live a adventurous lifestyle while being a praiseworthy employee (of course this is to be proven..). Anyway, I dived in straight to adventures. Once I had returned my last exam for this semester, I took off and traveled to Italy.

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Italy is one of my ultimate favorite countries. I have amazing memories of renting a villa with my family in Tuscany, on top a hill with a breathtaking view. I can still taste the pizza prepared for us by father and sons of a local family – Leonardo, Orlando and Romeo. The amazing thing it only contained cheese and tomato and was by far the most delicious pizza I have ever tasted – our entire family can relate to this. We used to watch the sunsets from the open kitchen windows while preparing home-cooked dinners. Then, thinking of Rome makes me think of wandering endlessly on the beautiful streets and eating breakfast with a view over the city of fascinating historic buildings.

 

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Needless to say more, I am beyond excited to be back to Italy.