I didn’t expect anything from Rome, to be honest. At some point, I even wanted to skip it and just stay longer in Prague. But, my parents made the decision more set in stone – my mom is a devout Catholic and this is my way of bringing my travels closer to her; and, my Dad is a history buff and I just know that he’d be the most excited when I share with him pictures from Colosseum and the Roman Forum. So, I planned the itinerary and listed down the places that I would definitely want to visit in Rome, given the limited time we were there. And, from this “no expectation” state, I can say that the Rome stop became one of my favorite experiences.
So, here, I share our itinerary. In case you follow it, I hope it will give you one fine (and inexpensive) stay in Rome, too. :)
It has always been my dream to visit Europe, however far-fetched it seemed to be. I thought it was too big of a dream – visas, expenses, and all. I was eyeing to do it this year so that I would have ample time to prepare. I also thought that I would’ve been eligible for my sabbatical by then so I would have enough time to go around Europe.
But, the universe had a different plan. March last year, I received news from my manager that our company would like me to visit our office in Amsterdam. I was ecstatic! I didn’t expect for things to happen this quickly. At the same time, I was also a bit worried because I knew I wouldn’t have enough time to prepare financially. We were eyeing to meet end of May and so I only had two months to prepare. I wanted so badly to make it happen but I also thought that, if indeed I wouldn’t be able to find a way to come up with a good enough budget, I would still be super happy to just stay in Amsterdam and enjoy my time with the team. So, I didn’t worry about it too much. Either way, I know I’ll enjoy my first visit in Europe.