the finale

Wow. This is it. My last blog post from Rome. It came a lot sooner than I expected, that’s for sure. I can remember hearing from everyone before I came here, “Enjoy it, because it goes by faster than you can imagine.” I remember¬†yeah yeah yeah-ing¬†everyone in my head, while graciously nodding. But they were right…boy, were they right.

I can remember my first day in Rome, lugging my exactly fifty pound suitcase down my road, up the apartment stairs, and plopping down at our kitchen table. My roommates and I looked at each other. We weren’t really talking, just kind of looking at each other. Half because we were sleep deprived, and half because we were in awe. We had a whole semester to look forward to.

Well, now I’m writing over three months later, and everything is a memory.

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One thing that I am very grateful for is my roommates: Kate, GG, and Kilby. I couldn’t have asked for a better three girls to share these experiences with. We all went through struggles here, and helped each other get through them. We went on amazing trips together: Ireland, France, and Germany to name a few. It’s been an amazing three months together.

There are things about Rome that I know I’ll miss. Some of them are the little things, like my walk to and from school everyday. I never expected that it would look like this:

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I’m going to miss that feeling of excitement when an Italian person understands my attempt at their language. I’m sure I’m going to say “grazie” when I get home, and it’s going to take time to adjust to the fact that everyone around me is now speaking English. I’m going to miss being able to jet off to Paris for the weekend, or having an entire city to choose our weekend activity from. Rome is magical.

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Thank you for an unforgettable three months, Rome. I can’t wait for the next time I come back.

cam visits!!

For the past ten days, our friend Cam from Hobart came all the way to Rome to visit! It was perfect timing because I was getting a little bit homesick and it was his Thanksgiving break. He booked his trip over the summer, so Kate and I were looking forward to it for a while. We wanted him to experience Rome, but we thought that Tuscany would be a great weekend trip to take while he was here.

On Thursday, we took a train to Poggibonsi, which is right outside of the ancient Medieval village San Gimignano. We were meeting Kate’s aunt, uncle and two cousins. We spent a lot of time exploring San Gimignano, and a neighboring beautiful town called Siena. Kate and I had been to Siena on one of our field trips earlier in the semester.

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On Saturday, we took a day trip to Florence, which is one of my favorite cities in Rome. My sister studied abroad there three years ago, so I’ve been there a few times, and know my way around decently well. One of my favorite things to do while in Florence is to climb to the top of the Duomo–the view is unbelievable. It’s 414 steps to the top, and I’d be lying if I said my legs weren’t shaking towards the end.

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I have 12 days left in Rome, and I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. This weekend is our last weekend in Rome, so I’ll fill you in on Monday!