Well Erik arrived a week ago today, and luckily for me I had two holidays already scheduled off during this time and my boss has let me have 3 days in addition to that, so I have been off work almost the entire time Erik has been here! We have taken it pretty slow and easy, taking our time when we do stuff, but still getting some sights in that we missed out on last year. To start off we went on a nice afternoon tour that included Santa Maria Maggiore church as well as Saint John the Lateran (if I remember correctly) and also visited one of the Catacombs which was pretty cool (both literally and figuratively in comparison to the hot, humid weather outside). We also went on an afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel which was nice but extremely crowded (even our tour guide thought so), so although we enjoyed it we were ready to escape as well! That night we visited an Ice Bar here in Roma with two of my intern friends and were the only people in there, which can be attributed to the day we went (Thursday) but more importantly how early we went. We had a blast though and it was definitely a new experience. Erik and I relaxed on Saturday instead of going to Firenze for the day as we had initially planned, but the day off was much-needed and appreciated, and I can always show Erik around Firenze some other trip when we have more time.
Sunday morning we set off for an agriturismo retreat in the mountains north-ish of Rome in an area called Caprarola, right next to Lago di Vico. It was beautiful and definitely relaxing! The cool mountain air was refreshing and we just laid around our room and the idromassagio and relaxed the entire time. We also had a lot of spumante so that increased our levels of relaxation. We returned to Roma today and tomorrow Erik will attend a “work party” with me that celebrates the 4th of July and it should be fun to get dressed up and attend with some of the great people I work with. Finally, you can find pictures from all of these latest adventures on our Flickr page as always, and now I must stop writing for leisure and get started on some homework!! Ciao mi amici!