Ciao from Italy!! We've done it, a whole two weeks living and studying in Rome and we can still hardly believe it. For those of you who know me well, Italy could not have been a better choice for me this semester. The coffee is strong, the wine is cheap, and you can find pasta and pizza on every block (carbs for every meal, please and thank you). The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and the views are to DIE for. So if you care enough to follow my Lizzie-like adventures around Roma and the rest of Europe, I'm going to give this whole blogging thing a shot.
14 days and I'm already convinced the Italians clearly know what they're doing with their lives. We've quickly taken note that relaxation is an incredibly important part of their culture (aka Sunday Fundays exist, shoutout to the Pope) . Weekends are NOT for school and work but for family and friends (you mean no more weekends at College Lib?! I could get used to this). Restaurants shut down, advisors avoid emails, and landlords don't take maintenance requests (hence our long duration of no hot water or wifi). Although this could come off as frustrating for us American girls who are so used to long, warm showers, Internet connection at all hours, and a never ending to-do list, we have quickly learned to roll with the Roman ways.
1. JET LAG IS REAL PEOPLE. I REPEAT. JET LAG IS REAL. Having early mornings and long days of orientation upon arrival was quite the feat. When 9am felt like 2am back home, cappuccinos and espressos began to not suffice... more coffee PER FAVORE.
2. Breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day for Italians, and as my grandma very well knows, this is not going to fly for this scrambled egg loving, coffee enthusiast granddaughter of hers. Updates on where to get a breakfast sandwich around here, to come.
3. Public transportation is ~cool~... but when there are multiple bus lines, confusing color codes, and no English directions, it may or may not take 5 girls to find your way across town... most likely may.
Although the whole no breakfast and using foreign public transportation will take some getting used too... something we had to learn quickly was how to fill time without wifi (believe me, it is possible). Some good friends, quality conversation, and a bottle of wine can truly make a world away, feel like home. Shoutout to the roomies for enduring culture shock (and ice cold showers) alongside me. Even though a majority of our program thinks we are each other's only friends (again, 10 days of no wifi and a lot of conversation creates a friendship unlike any other), I'm thankful to live the ~euro lifestyle~ with you.