During this travel adventure, we've had a few days that are a pretty accurate representation on what life is often like for us on the road. Balancing working and exploring can be frustrating at times. And, because we're away from home-base so much, we try hard to keep fitness and some awareness of nutrition an active part of the mix (or this would be a weight loss blog). So, here's the low down of what a day looks like for us. In this case, in Rome…
6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Today we're up early. Being 9 hours ahead of Seattle, all of our clients have e-mailed while we've been asleep. Plus, we basically forgot about work in Bologna, so we have some catching up to do.
This particular hotel has free WiFi AND breakfast included in the price. We're able to work in the room, popping out about halfway through the work session for a bite to eat.
10:00 a.m. to noon
A solid work session behind us and breakfast fueling us, we hit Rome for a decent run / sightseeing session. We spend a lot of time jogging all around Borghese Gardens and checking out the Spanish Steps. We unexpectedly come across this view and ask someone to snap a picture. Notice that blue sky? Our luck with weather continues.
noon to 5:00 p.m.
On this particular day, we want to see a lot on foot. We're determined to get to our pal's top restaurant recommendation in Rome, so we set off from the hotel mega-hungry. The restaurant delivers in a huge way. We devour every bite of our eggplant parmesan and rigatoni. (Yep, more pasta pictures. We're evil.)
Unfortunately, in our excitement, we spill our wine all over the table. We pass on dessert, knowing that we'll certainly be tempted by a gelato shop as we continue to roam the city.
Continuing our walk after lunch, we're completely won over by the river on this autumn day. We snap several photos while street vendors try to sell us all sorts of junk we don't need (including, oddly enough, tripods like the one we have and are using to take this picture).
Before making our way back to the hotel, we take that gelato break. Don't think you're off the hook... Lots more on gelato to come in a future post.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tired from a productive day, we're happy to kick off our shoes for another work session back in the room. Clients back in the States are just starting to come to life, so we're able to interact with them before closing our laptops for good. This is especially fun because we've had that wine for lunch. Work should always be like this.
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tonight, we're going for a quick walk and getting take out pizza from a highly recommended place in our hood. Bringing pizza back to the room allows us to have a reasonably priced meal and experience a local favorite. A great way to save some money.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a "sampler stack" of pizza. Enough to make two grown guys cry.
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Because we've had too much fun hanging with thesethreetravelers (who happen to be in Rome as well), we need to keep things low key tonight. We'll dive into a pastry that we also picked up earlier, create a loose plan for tomorrow and call it an early night.
That's a day in our life in Rome.