@cherrispryte Just read the details of what happened to you -- men acting like that and the idea that you/women in general "must" be doing something to invite that sort of abhorrent behavior absolutely sucks. I agree with @ormaisonogrande - I'm one of the people who had an overall good solo-female-traveler experience, and I'm sorry that you (through no fault of your own) ended up with the horrible experience.
@cherrispryte I found the key to avoiding about 90% of unwanted attention: blending in. I did my research beforehand (fashion research! What Do Italian Women Wear?!) and went out armed with shades, a scarf, long sleeves and pants, and a "I just smelt something bad" look on my face. I went largely unnoticed as I traipsed about Rome alone. Yes, a few "bella!" calls, but nothing I've never heard and ignored from construction workers.
The one exception: when I pulled out a map in the middle of the Villa Borghese (stupid, so stupid - I knew which way I was going but oh, I just wanted to make sure...) and ended up getting trailed by a rather insistent man all the way down to the Piazza del Popolo. Oops.
So yeah. Pro tips: blend in, and if maps must be checked, do it discretely.
Can I also submit Stout Ice Cream and Red Wine Chocolate Cake for the record? I didn't do any breathalyzers on them, but they are pretty fantastic... and the drunk factor can be improved by adding a few splashes of Jack (or your choice of liquor) to the ice cream during assembly, and drinking it all down with a bottle of wine, right?!
@Megoon I remember reading an article near the time that Love Actually was released that pointed out all the "British" references/in-jokes/etc in the movie (e.g. Bill Nighy calling the hosts Ant-or-Deck because no one can tell them apart). Apparently everyone calling Natalie "chubby" was a reference to recent gossip rags about the actress's weight. I think it's one of those things where in-the-know Brits (which maybe you are?, but I am not!) can have a laugh about it, but otherwise it comes off being rude about a perfectly gorgeous, adorable, and normal-sized woman?
@Bridget Smith@twitter OMG yes. This. A woman should not be forced to reject Cute/Hot/whatever shoes just because she is tall and they make her taller. My 5'10" self will ROCK those 4.5"-with-a-ruffled-T-strap-and-a-.5"-platform heels with pride and confidence, thank you very much. Why? Because I LIKE IT.
@Ellie It was all about the tortured repenting hero wanting to protect the vulnerable then-damsel!
Angel: I watched you. And I saw you called. It was a bright afternoon out in front of your school. You walked down the steps...and, um... and I loved you.
Angel: 'Cause I could see your heart. You held it before you for everyone to see, and I worried that it would be bruised or torn, and more than anything in my life I wanted to keep it safe. To warm it with my own.
Buffy: That's beautiful. Or taken literally, incredibly gross.
@ejcsanfran More hatred than the HP epilogue? THAT IS A LOT OF HATE. Because that was absolutely awful. But I was overall "meh" about the books and I feel the same about the movie - entertaining, lots of friends are obsessing over the franchise, but ... meh.
As someone who apparently missed the formative "how to make yourself pretty" years in high school (middle school?), THANK YOU. This series is awesome, you are genius.
@SuperGogo omg why would you say something like that?
As a whole, I am perfectly okay with Travel By Aeroplane. I book flights in a snap, I breeze through the rigamarole of airport security, I am a pro at finding The Good Muffins, and have my preferred seats on airplanes (window, left side, just before the wings), and am a champ at entertaining myself.
However, there are periods during take-off and during the flight when I will internally scream "OH MY GOD WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT UP" and "HOW ARE WE STAYING UP THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE." And then I rationally sooth myself with the physics formulae that I somewhat remember. Before I become irrational again. Lather, rinse, repeat.