On October 17th I woke up at 4:45am, showered, double checked my bags and got on the bus and headed for the airport in Helsinki. That’s the biggest downside of living in Jyväskylä, okay ONE of them, that it takes 4 hours to get to the airport. Helsinki’s airport is ridiculously huge, the employees are often seen using scooters to get around. I love that airport, but I can say that the travelling sucks. The process sucks, packing, getting to the airport, booking things, and the waiting is all a very draining process. The end result, however, usually is very well worth it.
So where did I go this time? Well, I’ve given that away, Rome. I don’t think I need to provide a reason as to why I went to Rome. Its fucking Rome, and well I usually like to keep this fact “under wraps” but I’m a huge history nerd. The entire trip was a giant nerdgasm for me but most importantly a massive learning experience. I’ve never travelled alone before, I’ve always wanted to do this but just didn’t believe that I could do it. Bullshit, if you’re afraid to travel alone, don’t. Never be scared of something like that because you won’t be alone for long. Stay in a hostel, staying in a hotel will ensure that your only company is a television. A hostel people are coming and going all the time, there are bars,
there are activities, all kinds of things that will get you in a group and make sure that you meet people. Now I was afraid that I wouldn’t meet people because I’ve got this perception of myself that I’m awkward. I get nervous, and I stutter, I get nervous and get panic attacks but what I learned on this trip is that it’s perfectly fine. Anyway back to the adventure, this was a pretty cool photo I took once we were on our way to Berlin.
I spent a few hours in Berlin which is a hell of a beautiful city. It will, however, give you every german stereotype ever. I didn’t get to take any photos because my phone died and to be quite frank I was in a bar for most of it. German beer is plentiful and cheap. I was at the Cafe Hanger Tegel (which is actually in the airport!) But it’s an excellent place with a super and a real chill atmosphere. I did go into real Berlin but only for an hour and a half. That was a real bummer. I’d love to go back to Berlin and maybe take in all the historical building and monuments.
Eventually, I found myself back at the airport, and I was on my way to Rome. I had one of those moments when we landed, a feeling of disbelief, and a little bit of fear. I kept thinking about getting lost, but its impossible to get lost. The airport, Fiumicino is about 30minutes outside of the city centre (Downtown) by train. It’ll cost you €14 for a non-stop to Termini (The central train station) Now I cannot stress this enough, especially if you’re travelling alone, keep an eye on your belongings. If you’ve got a shoulder bag hold onto it, a backpack make sure to wear it on your chest (unless you have one of those massive travel packs) The chances of getting pickpocketed or flat out robbed are pretty good, especially for tourists.
I stayed at the Alessandro Palace Hostel, its located on Via Vicenza 42 which is super close to Termini. Getting there was a bit difficult because the street signs are located on the sides of the buildings. So they’re built into buildings and they’re not always lit up well during the night. This is where I learned my lesson about pickpockets. On my way, when I eventually found my way I was heading down the street and someone grabbed my bag a few times. At first, I didn’t think much of it, I asked them to stop, and on the third time I turned around and hit him with my bag and punched him in the nose. I’m generally not a violent person, and I usually take out aggression on lockers (Don’t do that) I have a fidget cube for that, but I hit this dude pretty damn hard, I’m pretty sure I broke his nose. Good. Sounds harsh eh? No, in Rome if someone hassles you (It’ll happen especially if you’re a girl. Cat Calling is on another level) Be assertive, be rude, do not take shit from anyone. After I hit this guy, I just walked away and headed for the hostel. I would recommend Alessandro Palace for the staff and atmosphere, but I wouldn’t stay there again. The rooms either have mosquitos (I don’t think so) or bed bugs (I think so.) I woke up one morning, and I was covered in bites. Including these really sexy ones on my neck that made it look like I had sex with a hungry vampire.
I plan on documenting the Rome trip in a few different posts like I’ve been doing. So Honestly I did nothing on my first night in Rome, except punch a guy, get pizza and take a little stroll. Yeah in hindsight I think about how dumb it was to hit that guy because he could’ve had a knife, but you know what, he didn’t get up so fuck him. Going for a stroll late at night was also really stupid but hey, “When in Rome.” And if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have gotten this photo of Pope John Paul II outside Termini.
So look out for the next post because on day 2 I did EVERYTHING! Thank you, Grazie, Kiitos, for reading.