I still can’t believe I am actually in Rome, Italy. I need someone to pinch me because it still feels like a dream! Rome is absolutely wonderful. Everywhere I turn there is something different and new. No two roads look the same (which doesn’t help when I am trying to find my way home). The history here is mind blowing. To think that over 2000 years ago the Romans were able to build structures such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and Altare della Patria. Also, all the little statues, churches, and many water fountains that are scattered throughout the city are a pleasant surprise and a perfect stop for a photo shoot when you go out exploring!
Oh my goodness is the food here to die for. There are so many little restaurants that I want to try! There are probably 5 Pizzerias on every street, it’s amazing! The good thing about Rome is that I have done a lot of walking and I mean a lot so I don’t feel guilty eating pizza for breakfast lunch and dinner! I have also really enjoyed the fruit here! I was told all the fruit sold at the outdoor markets are fresh and so far the fruit has tasted like it! Don’t even get me started on gelato, it is absolutely mouth watering. I was able to get my two favorite flavors on one cone for only 2,50 euros! It was so GOOD.
I was presently surprised at how nice my apartment is! Coming into this experience I was not sure what to expect with my living situation. But it has exceeded my expectations. I am living with five other girls, we have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen and living room is very spacious! I was most pleased with my closest space. I was really worried because I brought two big suitcase that both weighed exactly 50 lbs but everything fit in my very big wardrobe (I still have unused space!). I can’t wait to keep exploring Rome and am looking forward to see what life has in store for me in the next couple of months!
Erika is a student at St. Norbert College studying at John Cabot University during the Spring 2014 term.