friday, 29th january
Vivid memories. Pure, honest emotions.
There’s some days you will never forget. Ever.
Last friday was one of those days.
I arrived at Colosseo station 5 minutes earlier than what I had arranged with Hanne. I sat on a step and started reading ‘Everything is illuminated’ by Jonathan Safran Foer. A few pages into it and I couldn’t understand anything of what I had read. I stood up and looked through the crowd in front of me, in search of Hanne and her friend Eva. It took me a while, but I finally recognized them on the other side of the street and we waved at each other. I thought I would wait for the traffic light to turn green, so I did for about a minute, however there were no cars so I crossed the street anyway. Later during the day they told me they thought I was such a good girl for waiting the green light… when I suddenly crossed the street running – how to ruin good first impressions 101.
Jokes aside, I didn’t quite know what to expect from them. At that point I had only talked to Hanne a few times, and Eva I had only heard her name. We didn’t even really know what to do that day, except for meeting at the Colosseum.
Fast forward ten hours. Piazza di Spagna. I was saying goodbye (or well, trying to, since it was so hard to leave) to two new invaluable friends, after a day of walking, sightseeing and laughing around Rome. We walked around the Colosseum twice, had smoothies at Grezzo Raw Chocolate, walked all the way to the Vittoriano, then all along Via del Corso to Piazza del Popolo, up to the Pincian hill and back to the Trevi fountain. We had incredible vegan burgers at Margutta Restaurant. Between one picture and the other, we talked about all kinds of things, from travelling and veganism to boys… a lot of that. You know someone’s precious when there’s no awkward moments and you just keep talking for hours and hours. Hanne, Eva and I clicked straight away. As much as this sounds cliché, it felt like we had always known each other.
The day left me immensely grateful. For their kind and honest souls. For the time spent together. I can’t wait to be blessed with their presence again in the future. Hopefully, when travelling together.