Visiting Vatican // Letters to October (5)

Dear October,

In the quiet moments — a few seconds before opening my eyes in the morning or just glancing out of the corner of my eye — Rome felt like Calcutta. All memories of my birthplace are tied to my grandmother’s house. The barking dogs, narrow alleyways, even the way the rays of sunlight fell in the early afternoon — all brought me back to the place I spent my holidays, playing and napping and eating to bursting point.

I liked Rome especially in those moments. It felt like being home.

Day two of our visit to Italy, my parents and I visited Vatican City. We took a hop-on hop-off bus, which took us on a beautiful route around Rome as well. The streets bustled with life and energy and for the third time in my life (after living in New Delhi and London), doubt flickered in my mind about New York being the only city that never sleeps.

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A Student’s Christmas

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! I hope you all have (or have had) a wonderful day. I spent mine planning to work (but not actually working), eating lots and thinking about Christmases past.

I didn’t go home for Christmas this year. In the beginning, I didn’t expect it to be much, but it turned out much better than I could have hoped for. It made me realise that even if you’re away from home around this time of year, you can bring the festivities to yourself.

1. Christmas at home: small tree

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The tree my mum and I decorated every year

 

Christmas at uni: smaller tree

If you don’t have the money or space for a normal sized tree, you can always get a miniature version! It’s all about making your space a bit more festive.

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The tree my flatmates and I bought and decorated last year

 

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My tree this year. It’s sparkly (i.e. awesome)

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