You guys, it's been a depressingly long time since Theresa and I saw each other. BFFs who blog together shouldn't have to go through such things. But living on opposite sides of the planet makes brunch date scheduling a bit difficult, so we've gone six sad months since we ate donuts together last.
But lo! Theresa's family had a trip to Italy in the works – maybe before I even moved here? — and so we knew our hearts would have to grow fonder for only so many days until we were reunited in the Eternal City — Rome!
I know it seems crazy that you can live in Italy and not visit Rome, but here I am, six months into my Italian life, and it hadn't happened yet. But what better excuse to visit a world-famous city than the fact that your best friend is in town? However, I will tell you that visiting Rome as an American and visiting Rome as an American living in Italy are distinct experiences. A lot of the things I would've been surprised by — pizza! coffee! crazy driving! gelato at any possible opportunity (still do this, YOLO) — had worn off and I was kind of itching to just take in the big city life and find some culture after living in my moderately-sized town up in the northern part of the country. And let's be honest, when I say culture, I kind of mean hipster nonsense that the northern Italians don't seem too fond of.
So, I was on a mission to find some food that wasn't pasta based, shop in some cute boutiques and just take a million adorable selfies with my best friend. Well, mission accomplished. Theresa and I went on a ridiculous treat fest (that may have ended with us being treat sick and rain-soaked) and had an adorable day (if you ignore the getting rained on part), which is all we ever want in life. We did some window shopping, lots of coffee drinking, and found some Italian street food not on the street that we happily washed down with craft beers. Our day may have been cut short by some torrential rain and huddling under an umbrella trying to hail a cab, but eventually the rain dried up and we finished off the day with wine, giggles and card games.