Lizzie McGuire can sum up my experience thus far. My first week in Rome has been incredible to say the least. My life has completely changed in such a short amount of time: I moved to a new country, moved into a new apartment with 6 other girls, changed schools, made entirely new friends, and changed time zones (7 hours ahead of MN time). Phew, talk about a busy week! However, amongst the chaos of trying to adjust to my surroundings, I have managed to enjoy every moment that I have been here. From the monstrous buildings and exquisite architecture, to the new language and delicious food, I have been wonderstruck by it all. Growing up in a small town, I have never experienced such large masses of people at one time, all doing separate things and seemingly to be in their own little worlds. It has truly been a humbling experience thus far.
This week was mainly orientation with free time in-between. We took a few city tours, seeing some of the staples of Rome. Pictures will never do the monuments justice in the fact that you feel so small and irrelevant next to them. My daily bus ride to school is past the Altar of the Father (see picture below) and every time I still can’t help but stare at it in awe. Spectacular. Navigating the public transportation is still a struggle for me, but I am becoming more confident in my ability to problem solve in order to get home. (Whoever thought that I would call Rome my home lol). It is very empowering to independently work every angle to navigate your way through a large city that you don’t speak the language in. I have become increasingly detail oriented, trying to watch locals for hints on where we are and where we are headed. While I can speak very few words in Italian, I am beginning to pick up phrases and words and understand the jest of it. Since most of the time I won’t understand what they are saying, I have noticed myself scrutinizing their body language and tone of voice to figure out what is going on. It’s quite remarkable how much you can pick up in a short amount of time.
I feel like this week has been the longest, yet shortest week of my life. So much change in so little time really takes you for a loop! I start class tomorrow and am very excited to see what this trip holds for me and all the things I will uncover about myself on this journey of self discovery. Take a look below if you want to see some of the marvelous sights that I have yet to comprehend!!! Ciao!!