“It is what it is. It was what it was.” -Unknown
A few weeks ago, I went to Ostia Antica for a couple hours for a day trip. It was absolutely incredible. In Ostia Antica, there is a city that is completely ruins. Ostia Antica was originally a port for Rome, but because of the sediment, it is now a couple miles away from the water.
Being there, you could really feel this history and the power that the city held. One of my favorite places that we went was to the top of the Stadium. From the top, you could barely see the where the ruins ended and the town began.
I felt so small, so insignificant to the universe. So many people had walked these roads, lived here, died here, and explored here. I chose to start off this blog post with the quote “It is what it is, it was what it was”, because in the place, that quote really resonated with me.
There is so much in life that we can’t change. The history that has happened is unchangeable. It is what it is. You just have to accept the things that happen in the past. But you can also work for your future. Happiness is not handed to you, you have to work for it and find it within yourself.
This city put so much in perspective, and reminded me why I am so passionate about travelling, why I want to see the world. Each time I am in a place like this, I feel so small, so moved by the beauty of the world. I have so much to learn, so much to see. I can make my own happiness.
On another note, the other day a group of friends and I went to a restaurant called Tony’s, where each person pays 20 euro for a 4 course meal, which included unlimited wine and water. I was too focused on eating to remember to take pictures before we started, but I tried my best.
The first course was meats, cheeses, grilled peppers, stuffed mushrooms, eggplant, quiche, artichoke hearts, bread, and calamari. The Calamari was absolutely incredible, as was the stuffed mushrooms and the bread.
The second course was 3 different types of pasta. There was gnocchi with pesto, a pennette with vodka sauce, and a ravioli with meat sauce. My favorite was the pennette; I had probably about 3 servings of it (oops).
The third course was chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan. The eggplant was incredible, and the chicken was pretty good too. The final course was a tiramisu. Ive had better tiramisu, and by the end I was so full that I could barely eat it. Overall, though, it was definitely worth the money. They even gave us a bottle or two to take with us when we left!
Next post will be about Pisa, Florence and the wine tasting in Tuscany!