Coming into land, I was exhausted from the long plane ride but quickly perked up when I looked out my window and saw my first sights of the beautiful Italian countryside. My pulse quickened as I realized that as soon as I landed, my several month long adventure would embark, leaving me unsure of what to come but also filling me with excitement of the unknown.
Upon arriving to Rome, we were faced with a beautiful, sunny day. We reached our residence and quickly found our apartment to get settled into. In mine, there was a large porch area with this view of the surrounding apartment buildings.
3. After we got to the apartment and thoroughly explored the rooms, we began moving in and getting situated in our new home for the next few months. Our living room/kitchen is probably the room most used by my roommates and I. We were always told before coming to Rome how our apartment would be smaller than normal but honestly, it’s actually quite spacious for a city apartment and almost cozy.
4. The first night in Rome, everyone on the program was invited to a pizza night at the Temple building. It was a way for us to navigate our way to the building where our classes would be, as well as an opportunity to meet other Temple Rome students. When we got there, we had our first Roman pizza that was similar to that of what you could get in the U.S., except the toppings were totally different and delicious.
Throughout orientation week, we had a lot of free time to go explore the city. One of the days, I went out with my friends to the Vatican and then walked through St. Peter’s Square.
The Sunday after we arrived, the whole group took a trip to a town called Todi. This was a town that had a medieval look to the architecture that created an old timely ambience.
We had around two hours to explore the town and felt adventurous as we ventured down random allies such as this one. While doing this, it was fun to imagine people walking around these streets centuries ago and what it might have been like back then.
There were several piazzas in this town that were lined with cafes around the edges but always had a large cathedral at one end of it. It was all so intriguing and it immediately became obvious to see why many old movies such as Romeo and Juliet were filmed here.
This is one of the cathedrals in Todi that was very timely but also had a gothic architectural feel to it. The interior was equally as beautiful but had a more delicate approach to its design. As interesting as the design was though, what truly made me love this cathedral was the feeling that one got as they walked through the doors and suddenly felt very small and unimportant. The humbling experience touched me more than anything.
As a group we later went to a castle, which was half an hour outside of Todi, for a traditional four hour Italian meal. While waiting to go inside, we took a group picture of all of those in the group, super excited for this semester!
There were so many dishes and courses throughout this meal and this was once of my favorite that consisted of different kinds of meat fresh from the animals on their land. Apparently all the food and wine from the meal was grown on their land so it all was so delicious and fresh.
A toast with all my friends to this semester and all the adventures that are about to unfold over the next few months! Can’t wait to see how this all enfolds as the semester continues!