Now that I have been home for a few weeks, I can fully understand all my emotions related to leaving Italy and returning to America. After 4 months in the beautiful city, I was feeling quite at home. I simply did not want to leave. I was having too much fun exploring and learning different things every day. I had just gotten a full dose of friends and family from thanksgiving break, and I truly felt like I could have stayed in Rome for another 4 months. Although there were things I missed about America, like hanging out with my friends, family, my dog, going to Chipotle and Target, I learned to live without them.
I can’t believe it is actually coming to an end. A week from today I will already be back in America experiencing an entirely different type of culture shock. The only words I have to describe this? It’s bittersweet. Continue reading
What are the chances of seeing your best friends from high school and college, cousins, and family all in the same week while you are studying abroad? My guess is pretty slim. Continue reading
This past weekend my friends and I took a weekend trip to Amsterdam. Our long two-day trip was filled to the brim with all of the ‘must see’ tourist spots. We toured of the Van Gogh, Heineken, and Anne Frank House museums. We touched all sides of history during our short visit to the beautiful city. Continue reading
Last week on Tuesday my friends, Tori and Riley, and I went to the Roma vs Chelsea championship soccer game. It was on Halloween night at the Stadio Olympico. We had all already been to a Roma soccer game, but this was going to be much different. The entire stadium was completely sold out. I mean of course it was, this was a championship game! I am not a huge soccer fan, but man, this was an experience of a lifetime.
With Halloween just around the corner, my roommate and I decided to get into the spirit by visiting some spooky sights here in Rome. Halloween is hands down my favorite holiday, and I was worried that here in Italy it would not be celebrated. To my surprise, when October hit, the streets of Rome started filling with decorative pumpkins, skeletons, ghosts. Living in a city with architecture and history dating as far back as 674 B.C. I knew there was going to be a lot of spooky places to explore. Continue reading
This weekend was like nothing I have ever experienced, it was amazing, exciting, and relaxing all at the same time. My roommate Sandy and I decided to head up to Northern Italy to do some exploring. Continue reading
Why would you do that? Isn’t it so hard? Do you hate yourself? Where do you get your protein?
Those are the questions I get when someone finds out I am a vegan. Its usually followed with statements about how God put animals on the earth for us to eat, or that I am going to get sick and die if I don’t eat meat. The conversations then end with jokes being pushed back and forth and then a few eye rolls. But this was before I moved to Rome. Now, being in Rome, people are absolutely outraged by my choice to not eat any dairy, eggs, fish or meat. Continue reading
For the last few weeks have been going on and on about how much I love living here in Rome, and that’s all true, but there is this one thing. This one thing that I just absolutely cannot stand.
All the trash. Continue reading
Every day I walk to class with the biggest smile on my face. No matter how tired I am when I wake up, the moment I step out of the front door it all melts away. With the sun on my skin and fresh city air on my face my morning starts with a loud “Good Morning” from Rome. The city bustle isn’t at all like the noises form an American city. Yes, you have the beeping horns and screaming ambulances, but it is nothing like the buzz of New York City. In my opinion, its less like noise and more like a melody. A very cluttered tune that plays in my head every morning. It’s beautiful in its own noisy way. Continue reading
Coming from a family that does little to no planning for just about everything, this saying is something I am very familiar with. But last weekend, it really came into play. My roommates and I decided we were going to take a trip to Milan to see one of our favorite dj’s, Galantis. We sat down last Sunday and planned out the entire trip. From the hostels to the transportation, it was all booked. We were all so giddy and excited about our first trip out of Rome. We were set to head to Milan Thursday night after class.
Now that classes have started everything is starting to fall into place. The daily routine of going to class and doing homework has helped my roommates and I feel more at home. We’ve all been adjusting to the big change in our own way. I personally think that the best way to adjust is by keeping busy. Between school, making new friends, and millions of places to explore, we’ll have plenty to keep us busy for the next 3 months.
Goodbyes have always been hard for me, the anticipation of missing someone is unsettling and scary. But leaving for Rome was different than normal, still hard, just different. I was overwhelmed and excited, there was so much to do before I left and the goodbyes were the last thing on my mind. I didn’t have time to be sad about leaving, and honestly I didn’t want to be. “See you in December” felt weird to say when it’s still 85 and sunny, but before I knew it I was on the plane headed to Rome for 4 months. Continue reading