Finally Arrived in Rome
After a 5 hour flight from Tokyo, Japan to Hong Kong, and another 12 hour flight from Hong Kong to Rome, I have finally arrived. The unbelievably long trip was worth the beauty that I was exposed to in Rome. While being surrounded by rich cultural monuments and old historical buildings, you might want to pinch your cheeks a couple of times to make sure that it isn’t a dream. I did, and figured it wasn’t a dream.
At the airport upon arrival, you will look for the Temple sign to take the shuttle to the residence. The warmhearted shuttle drivers will help you with your luggage and within about 20 to 30 minutes you’ll be at Residence Candia. It is a relatively new residence with a sign labeled “RESIDENCE CANDIA”. If you ever get lost, you should look for that huge sign on the side of the building.
Settling in the Room
Once you pick up your room key from the front desk, you’ll be able to see your room where you and your roommates will be living for the next few months. The rooms will have the following; a lot of storage space, necessary electronics (fridge, microwave, burners, dryers, and etc.), towels, and clean sheets. Since my roommates didn’t arrive for the initial hours, I had a lot of time to get settled in. Upon taking a shower, unpacking, and contacting your family, you’ll head out to see more of what Rome could offer.
Tips for the First Few Hours
While it may seem intimidating, the area around the dorm has shops with workers who relatively speak decent English. I personally recommend going to the Bar Cafe Fantini which is located a block away from to the dorm. Bar Cafe Fantini is a cafe with food and coffee that’s managed by a caring Italian family. Mainly, the father and son work at the counter and they both speak decent English. They are a welcoming family and I highly recommend checking out their cafe.
Tips: Getting a Working Phone in Rome
Another important activity that you could do in the first few hours is to get a working phone. Now, this tip only applies after you consider all three available options. They are; getting an portable wifi router, getting a phone using the Vodaphone service from Temple Rome, or finding your own phone service provider. Personally, I chose to find my own phone service provider because I don’t plan to make much international calls during my stay. Instead of Vodaphone or the wifi router, I went with TIM.
TIM is a phone service provider that I have researched and found to be cheaper with a simpler plan. The plan chosen consisted of a 1000 minutes of phone calls (non-international) and 10GB of data. If you could utilise apps on your phone, such as LINE or Whatsup, it could be a better and cheaper option for you. It really just depends on individual needs.
Now, the photo above shows the new phone (120 Euros) and a new sim card. People arriving from the U.S. will just need to replace their current sim cards with the new one. However, people from Japan will need to buy a new phone because their sim cards will be locked. Coming from Japan, I had to get a totally new phone on top of the price payed for the sim card. Monthly bills for this simple plan is 10 Euros per month.