Day 1 Exploration

1/10/18- Rome, Italy

So, we have been in Rome for just over 24 hours at the time of this being posted, and it has been a wild day so far.  After getting to the airport in Rome Alex and I ran into our other roommate Wynn where we also came into some issues with Alex’s baggage not arriving. Though it should arrive in the morning, it has been a hassle for him.

Once in Rome, we settled in to our apartment at the Residence Candia, just a few blocks North of the Vatican walls. The place is a little on the small side, but as we have come to learn that this is the norm in Italia.

After a very, very needed rest last night, we had a full day of orientation meetings and a  crash course Italian. Though these events were of some help, it was nice to get out and explore during our free time.

I spent some time in and around Piazza del Popolo, which is on the northern edge of the Aurelian walls, just South of our campus building. It was the first time entering this part of the city and it was extremely picturesque.

As the Romans do, we ate dinner extremely late. As an old soul, late lunch is one of the best meals, which makes, the 8PM/9PM dinner time extremely tough personally.  We went to a restaurant call La Fornace. Though the slight anxiety of not knowing much Italian and trying to order food in broken Italian and some English, the Gnocchi, mussels, and especially the tiramisu made up for the nervousness. It truly was one of the best meals I have ever had.

It seems like the semester is off to such a great start. The scenery, food, and of course the coffee is fantastic and it seems like this trip should a great time.

-DJ