September 30, 2014

First week at the Vatican and trip to Munich!

It’s now week four of being abroad, and my schedule has definitely picked up! Last week was the start of my internship at the Vatican– every time I get off the train to walk to work, I’m awed as I pass St. Peter’s Square. It’s amazing to be here and to work only a few meters […]

September 28, 2014

It’s all about the little things

“Sometimes you have to stop and just smell the roses.”   I can’t tell you how many times I have heard, and have been told this saying before. It wasn’t until I started to wander in the streets of Rome that I realized what it truly meant “to smell the roses.”   People find a […]

September 24, 2014

Two cities and a blackout

Electricity Living in Rome is certainly a fascinating experience. Hopefully with the past posts I have managed to convey part of my feelings of wonder towards this incredible city. Everything is different, at times in mind-boggling ways, and one must be open-minded for surprises because otherwise the charms of the city will easily become tedious […]

September 22, 2014

Rule #2: Never Cheat on Your Cheese Lady

Rule #2: Never Cheat on Your Cheese Lady Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. In my third week in Roma, in a moment of weakness, I bought packaged mozzarella from a supermarket… and I cheated on my cheese lady. Here is what I have learned about cheating: you trade in for a cheaper, lesser […]

September 21, 2014

Hidden in the Hills

Hidden in the Hills

“What’s your favorite place in the world?” This is the most overused and difficult question to answer. There’s so many places… For long I have struggled searching within the bins of my memory, looking for the place that makes me the happiest. My usual answer used to be the beach or a lake back home […]

September 21, 2014

A Taste of Trastevere and a Piece of Pisa

After an amazing weekend in Spain, it was definitely good to settle down a little bit and be back in Rome. My “Performance in Rome” class began this week- at first I was reluctant to sign up for it, because I definitely do not consider myself a “theatre” person, but in reality the class is […]

September 20, 2014

The essence of time in Rome

It could be just me, but for some reason time does not have substantial value in Italy. The stores don’t open until 9 a.m usually, the vegetable guy outside doesn’t show up to his fruit stand until 11 a.m, and breakfast might as well be brunch. In the U.S, rush hour at Starbucks often comes […]

September 15, 2014

Church hunting and other adventures

The Neighborhood Our apartment is in the Garbatella area, which is to the south of the Historic Center of Rome. To be honest, I was initially disappointed. In my semester abroad fantasies, I would walk out of my apartment and be in the middle of the city buzz and have breakfast in front of a […]

September 15, 2014

A hop, skip and a jump to another culture

At home, a flight from the Washington, D.C area (where I live) to Florida takes about two and a half hours. While there is a noticeable difference in landscape from DC to, say, a beach in Florida, the two don’t really have stark cultural differences and obviously share the same language. When I boarded my […]

September 14, 2014

Rule #1: “Global Celebrations” are a GO

Rule #1: “Global Celebrations” are a GO  After surviving food poisoning, a mouse intrusion, and a near gas explosion in our apartment…I’m happy to say it’s week 2 and I’m still kicking!  For the remainder of my blogs here I am going to make a list of Do’s and Don’ts of my Vatican experience.  Half […]

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