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Roming Around the First Week…

Roming Around the First Week…

La mia vita e perfetta.  It seems crazy that I’ve only been living in Europe for about a week. Already I feel as though I’ve had months worth of experiences to share.

But I don’t want to be the girl who blogs in only clichés. I will fill you in on what I have been up to the past couple of days. As I said in a previous post, the first days of Rome were slightly reminiscent of the first days of college. We have had to go through many tedious orientation procedures necessary for our existence in the community. These have included a great number of different types of  orientation presentations. Some presentations have felt pretty pointless (yes, I get it….drinking wine and then taking a swim is not ok) but others have been quite interesting. After hearing about it in a presentation, I plan to work in Rome as an English tutor for an Italian native. I can only hope I’ll like Italian children more than American ones? Further, there are also the presentations that serve no other purpose but to scare the crap out of me (new goal: don’t get framed for murder and stuck in an Italian jail).

Unquestionably, the best presentations are the ones that provide insight into my surroundings. Yesterday, one of my professors (a “freaky deaky Dutch” in his words) filled us in on the history of the Colosseum and Roman Forum. It made me very excited for my semester’s classes to come. But more than that, it made me excited to actually see these places and luckily that’s what we did next!

When I saw the town surrounding Roman Bath in London, I thought that it had to be one of the most gorgeous places in the world. After yesterday, I felt the same way about Roman Forum. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such green grass or blue skies; I felt like Dorothy finally seeing colors in the Land of Oz. All the buildings featured beautiful pillars and ancient stones. I couldn’t help but be in awe of the history in which I had just been immersed.

After seeing the Roman Forum, we went to the Colosseum. Now, Loyola’s idea of scheduling a visit to the Colosseum is a little different than what I would do myself. Apparently, when Loyola schedules a tour of the Colosseum, they think it would be a great idea to do so when the Colosseum is actually closed. Typical. Way to go JFRC. I guess I’ll see the inside of the Colosseum some other day. To add insult to injury, Loyola provided buses for transportation to the Colosseum, but no way to get home. Four of my friends and I wandered the streets of downtown Rome for 3 hours before finally getting on the right bus home. However, I couldn’t imagine a better place in the world in which to get myself lost. Also, it gave me a chance to break out my Italian which is always fun, even if the language barrier is slightly challenging.

The people here are wonderful.  Italians are very friendly and somehow charmed by my American ignorance. One of the only downsides would have to be their lack of rules on the road. These people drive like maniacs! One of our cab drivers decided to drive between lanes and simultaneously give us all heart attacks on a night out. Besides that, they are some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. However, I’ve managed to meet many other fascinating people from different countries too. The amount of dialects I hear on a day to day basis never ceases to amaze and entertain me.

Of course a big part of Italian culture is the food, I have yet to experience cappuccino (shocking isn’t it?). However, I have experienced enough pasta for the rest of my life, let alone the rest of the semester. But yes, it is amazing.  I have also tried pizza at a little shop downtown. They cut you 2 square pieces and then you eat them as a strange sort of sandwich. And by strange I mean strangely delicious of course. Today was the first time I tried gelatto and it certainly did not disappoint. Coffee and chocolate, could there be a better combination.

I feels unbelievable to me that in this perfect vacation that is my life I must actually go to class tomorrow. Only one class starting in the afternoon isn’t bad though. And after these 3 days of class, we will be traveling to Pompei, Napoli, and Sorrento next weekend! I love Rome but I can’t wait to see other breathtaking places in this beautiful country.


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