Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rome: The Adventure of Getting There

I've been with the airline now for over 3 years so you'd think I'd have the staff travel process down pat - lord knows we've used it enough! But no, once again, I ended up with a standby ticket when I thought we were confirmed. (sigh) 

So, our October Rome adventure started off a bit stressful with Brian and I at the airport at 2am waiting for our names to be called that we had a seat. Picture also that this was a holiday weekend in UAE so we were two of about 200 in the same boat crammed into the small check in area for staff. After a tense hour watching colleague after colleague receive the unwelcomed news that they weren't starting their vacations as planned, our names were called! We didn't get the business class we had hoped for, but we did have two seats to Rome . . . in the very last row of the plane . . . right outside the toilets. (sigh)

Bleary eyed and with stiff necks, we disembarked in Rome only to wait for another hour to get through immigration. Oh but we could already smell the tomato sauce, mozzarella and espresso and looked forward to finding a real Italian coffee for breakfast.

We stayed at an Airbnb apartment (highly recommend Airbnb by the way - much more comfortable and interesting than a hotel room) in the Travestere area of Rome. A little off the beaten path, but so quaint and cute. Wine bars on every corner, with gelato right next door and a fresh fruit and veg market just down the street. Aside from the stairs, the place was perfect.

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