Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Back in America

Now that I am back home and exhausted, life seems ordinary and back to normal-- almost as if the past two months had never happened. Throughout my time in Rome I chose to focus on the Via del Corso and the people in the streets. I miss the long walks along the Corso going into different stores even just heading to class for the day. I walked down the Corso nearly every day that I spent in Rome and back at home I have no Via del Corso to walk down. There are no sidewalks near my house and the street I use every day has no palaces, museums, or anything of the sort along it to check out. Compared to the people in the streets of Rome, the people back home also look so ordinary. I never thought I would say this BUT I might just miss stepping over beggars to get to class or walking past the men exploiting the history of Rome in their gladiator costumes. No one back home is quite as interesting or exciting to look at. Back to life in the ordinary.My experience in Rome has impacted my life. I feel more accepting of other cultures and encompass more pride for my own culture. I am excited to one day visit more countries around the world, maybe Australia or Brazil or even India. The time I spent abroad was eye-opening to a whole new world of opportunities and adventures. I walk away from my study abroad experience with a new appreciation for home and the little things I took for granted before going to Italy, such as toilet seats and free water in restaurants. Besides thanking my parents those who I would most of all I like to thank are Amie, Joe, Sam, Eric, Nicole, and all my professors for aiding me in my adventure throughout Italy and making it into one of the most exciting and unforgettable summers of my life.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Ciao Roma!

Today I leave Rome and begin my journey around Europe for the next seven days!

Onto Venice, Vienna, Prague, Munich, Amsterdam, Paris, and then home! I am super excited to see the world and am doing it in record pace. I will miss gelato and paninis and walking past the Colosseum on a daily basis, but I am ready. It has been an interesting seven weeks and I have no regrets at all! I would recommend anyone who is interested in history, art, architecture, religion, food or even just travel in general to spend a few days in Rome. It is a great city and will be dearly missed!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ciao to the People of Rome!

Sadly enough, I think I might actually miss the different characters I have seen walking along the streets of Rome. What will I do walking down the streets back home without seeing a gypsy on the ground begging for money? Or a group of tourists crowding the sidewalk? Or even hearing the occasional "Ciao Bella!" coming from a creepy middle-aged Italian man? I suppose it is just an adjustment that I will be forced to make, because these characters just can't be found back in my hometown.

I would say more than anyone though, I will miss the street musicians. As an avid music lover, the contemporary sound of a man playing an accordian , playing two recorders with his nose, or even the man from day one that I saw lip-syncing to Pavorati is music to my ears. For now though, I must say my goodbyes and maybe I will be back again!