Last week was my last week in Rome for the foreseeable future as I’ll be spending roughly the next month or so traveling around Europe. Luckily for me, it was a really enjoyable week, where I made a new friend, went on countryside adventures, and tried new food.
I met Justina when she came to stay with Simona and Michele as a helper for the week since I had planned on taking day trips from the farm. Justina is really cool girl from Lithuania and has traveled the world. For all of you who think I’m insane for doing what I’m doing, Justina traveled the US by hitchhiking, and lived to tell the tale. Meeting Justina was truly wonderful, and she introduced to me to what might be the greatest hangover cure invented by man, but only if you have someone willing to do all the work for you.
Bulviniai Blynai (or potato pancakes) are a traditional Lithuanian dish. They are made from grating up potato and pumpkin, adding eggs and pepper, and frying on a skillet. They are extremely filling, but damn good. Justina says at home they are traditionally served with sour cream. These are not for the faint of heart or for those counting calories.
We were also able to go on some really nice walks in the countryside, accompanied by Justina’s new boyfriend, Hectore the dog.
On Friday, it was Women’s Day so all the city museums in Rome were free for women. Justina and I and one of her friends went to a few museums, before our brains were filled with too much culture and needed to drown the culture in some wine. We had a wonderful night out, the time flew, and suddenly I had to figure out how to get back to my friend Claudia’s via the tram, the one type of transportation in Rome I hadn’t tried. It was relatively easy, but I definitely went too far and wandered the streets of Rome at 2 am for awhile.
The one exhibition worth mentioning was by Helmut Newton, a really fantastic photographer. Google him to see what I mean. but my suggestion is don’t do it in public, as the title of the exhibition was entitled “White Women, Big Nudes”.
I’m so thankful to have met Justina, who opened me up to a new culture, new food, and her beautiful language. I can’t understand an word of it when she speaks it, but it’s really fantastic to listen to. We went out for drinks with two of her friends, and the languages kept switching from English to Lithuanian to Italian to Russian. To be honest, I understood about 15% of what was going on, but it was a ton of fun anyway! I can’t wait to reunite with her one day in Rome, and maybe one day I can see Lithuania!