It’s been a busy 22 days since I left America the Beautiful, and in honor of Thanksgiving and the sense of self-reflection it always inspires–here’s are 10 things I have learned about myself and the world around me in the past few weeks.
1. I need to pay attention to my protein and caffeine levels. If they dip too low, the world becomes a bleak place.
2. I can now order coffee in three languages.
3. Ruins make me so manically happy. The less “maintained,” the more ruinious, the more I can scramble all over them like a little billy goat, the better. (Hint: Ostia Antica)
4. Don’t drink the table wine.
5. When I can smell coffee–it’s morning.
6. It doesn’t bother me to be surrounded by people speaking a language I don’t understand. It generally turns into a pleasant background buzz–until I realize that they are talking to me. Oops.
7. Even though sparkling water is normal over here, it will always make me feel fancy.
8. It is a truth universally acknowledged…that Nena and Falco will always be cool. Period.
9. I like shorter trips (like 3-4 days) better than longer ones. I like to travel so intensely, dawn-to-dusk-see-EVERYTHING, but I can’t maintain that level of action for too long before wearing out.
10. Traveling solo means that no one will judge you for eating at a place in Rome called “Yum Yum Style” because you’re hungry and it’s playing an endless loop of Ke$ha and Lady Gaga.