Whoa. It’s been two weeks since my last post! I guess I’ve been so caught up with enjoying myself that I forgot about it! Since so much has happened in these past 14 days, I’ll just touch on some of my favorite moments and days.
October 2, 2014:
The first night in Rome, I met my best friend. I kid you not it was love at first sight, her name is Caroline. She has a southern kindness and funny persona that just makes you want to be around her. I’m sure everyone knows someone who is like that in their life. Well anyways, Caroline’s family came to Rome during this time and one of the nights we all decided to go out for dinner at the Hard Rock (yes, they have that here). We were all craving American food like no other and let me tell you…the next morning I woke up and was still full from that bacon burger with an onion ring on it.
October 3, 2014:
Something cool happened today. I got featured on the Alex and Ani blog page! I sent in a picture to the company of my bracelets, just telling them that I really enjoy their bangles and love their message that they share. I also gave a little detail into why I took the picture and what my bracelets mean to me. The next thing I know, I received multiple emails from the company saying they want to feature me. I proudly accepted!! I encourage you to read it!
October 6, 2014:
October 6th was a Monday. Monday’s are dreadful, except for this one. Similar to the story with Caroline, I have also become very close to Maddie, Caroline’s roommate. She is a crazy, goofy, self-confident, strong, and lovable person. She’s the kind of friend that you want to tell your whole life story to because you know she’ll listen to every word and love you for opening up to her. So going on, Maddie and I, after a weekend full of pasta eating, decided to go on a morning run. Despite us both being out of shape, we managed to run in total 4 miles to the Villa Borghese gardens. It was quiet and empty: nothing but the sound of other runners and the sight of a city just waking up. It was a phenomenal start to our morning and week.
October 7, 2014:
This Tuesday was so spontaneous and unexpected and that may be what I loved most about it. After a long day of stressing, studying, and hard classes, Caroline and I wanted to split a bottle of wine and talk on the terrace. We walked through the campo di fiori in our pajamas because we were just running out to get the wine and then coming right back. . Here was the dilemma…all the stores were closed. So as we were discussing in the square what to do, these 4 English boys started a conversation with us while they were sitting down drinking and eating. Well after explaining our problem to them, they generously bought us a glass of wine each and we joined them for a drink, in our pajamas. Unexpectedly, it turned out to be the most fun I have had. I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire time I was with them.
October 11, 2014
This was the Saturday where we took an all day tour to Tarquinia and Cerveteri. These are both ancient Etruscan tombs. I loved visiting these places because we got to see exactly what we learned about in class during the week. We also got to see the Tyrrhenian Sea and have lunch by it, which was beautiful. It was the perfect day.
October 12-18, 2014
This week is a pretty busy one. So far on Monday, I had an archaeology midterm, Tuesday (today), I had a religion test, and coming up I have to lead a discussion in mythology, on Thursday, and I have a paper due Friday for the same class. At first I was pretty stressed, but everyone is basically experiencing the same thing as me. I am lucky to have such good friends that keep me calm and focused, especially Mariah (the third roommate of Caroline and Maddie). She is almost always studying. It’s a funny story as to how Mariah and I met, my aunt was her high school math teacher and we ended up going to the same college. We met at school and towards the end of the year we became closer friends. However, it wasn’t until Rome that I would consider her a good friend of mine. When you spend almost every minute of every day together, you get to know someone pretty well. What I love about Mariah is that she always has a very calm demeanor, but she is always ready to try new things or do something fun. I admire her intelligence and her ability to smile and laugh at the little things. It makes her very easy to get along with and be around. As you can tell, I’ve made some great memories and great friends so far. I can’t wait to continue to explore Rome and all of Europe with these girls!!!
Sights I’ve seen so far:
Fountain of the four rivers
Villa Giulia Museum
Villa Borghese Gardens
Italy National Museum