Our first night in Rome was awful! It was so warm and our apartment did not have any air-conditioning. The fan was useless! Fai and I kept waking in the middle of the night trying to get comfortable. We finally gave up around Fajr (nak kena solat Subuh anyway) and woke up.
Despite waking up early, Fairoz and I were late for our first tour in Rome. Before we left for Rome, Fai and I booked the Angels and Demons tour. This was one of the two tours which we paid for in advance and this was the only thing I looked forward to on the entire trip!
Day 2 (2 Aug 2016)
The Angels and Demons tour run on three days (Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday) at 9am. And somehow we chose to kickstart our Roman adventure with this tour.
Summer vacation is finally over! Fairoz is now back at work and I am feeling so much better. So while having my morning tea, I shall blog about our trip to Rome, Italy, from earlier this month.
Living in Frankfurt means having access to other European cities at very affordable prices. Our flight to Rome sets us back €283 (about S$430) including one 23kg baggage allowance and insurance on Lufthansa for two passengers. And the flight from Frankfurt to Rome is only about two hours. So if we ever decide on a weekend trip in the future, Italy definitely would be an option. Italy and Germany is also on the same time zone – random fact. Lol.
For this trip, Fairoz and I didn’t do much preparation. Honestly, I wasn’t really excited about it (pms-ing agaknya). So I waited till the very last minute to plan our itinerary – which we managed to fill up.
Fai and I usually try to give ourselves a week to explore a city. We like to pace ourselves during the trip so that we do not tire ourselves out. For Rome, we spent nine days and eight nights in total. For the duration of our trip, we managed to get ourselves a really good deal on accommodation via booking.com – Domus Merici for €380 (about S$578). However, this place does not have air-conditioning and air-conditioning is really important in Rome during Summer. Also, this place is about 10 minutes away by bus from the Termini station. It is not a good idea to stay here if you are on a strict schedule as the buses are almost always crowded although punctual and frequent.
Day 1 (1 Aug 2016)
Our flight was at 3.35pm but since this was our first time flying out of Frankfurt, we do not know how the situation at the airport will be like. To be on the safe side, we set out almost three hours ahead of our flight. From our flat, we took the u-bahn and s-bahn to the flughafen (means airport in German).
If you’re travelling on Lufthansa, check-in is done self-service and the same goes for the baggage drop. Fai and I were a little bit confused at first, especially while trying to get our luggage tag and do the baggage drop. But a friendly Lufthansa representative was nearby to help. Once that was done, we had plenty of time for lunch.
Last Saturday Fairoz and I decided to bring the cameras out! And I say cameras cause we brought along both our Panasonic Lumix(s) – we are brand loyal that way. LOL! – out for a walk. We thought of vlogging. We haven’t done it for awhile. Actually, we usually bring our camera out along with us but we always end up forgetting about it.
Nurul and I are so thankful that we are once again able to catch movies in Frankfurt! We had a tough time in Morocco as movies were dubbed in either French or Arabic. It was painful for us and the lure of popcorn and giant screens are a great welcome relief. Many cinemas in Frankfurt like EKinos and CineStar play movies in their original versions. Even Hindi films like Salman Khan’s Sultan! Thus, for our sixth wedding anniversary, we caught Star Trek Beyond at CineStar Metropolis.
I just spoke to my family yesterday, we’re planning a London and Manchester trip together for end of the year. InsyaAllah. But today, just suddenly, I am missing home. For the first time, I am actually missing Singapore. Maybe it is because we’re at the end of Ramadhan and I am listening to Warna on my iPad – all those raya songs are not helping!
As I am typing this out, I am controlling my tears. This isn’t my first overseas rodeo. I’ve done this before. In fact, I’ve spent Eid al-Fitr without my parents around before – they’ve been on Umrah trips or overseas. But I’ve never spent Eid al-Fitr away from Singapore, from family and friends. Oh gosh! This is going to be tough! I wonder how it will be next year. I need to toughen up. I hope I won’t break down when I hear the takbeer next week!
The last time I felt like this was when I heard the takbeer for the first time at my in-laws place six years ago. I was a newly wed then and had recently moved out of my parents place. But just like last time, this feeling shall pass. Ok, I need to go off my iPad now before I break down totally. Until next time, insyaAllah.
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