‘Studying’ in Roma

The last couple weeks have been extremely busy, especially now that classes have started back up again. There is much more work to do here than there was in London, and my nights are now filled with drinking wine and doing readings and worksheets. Hopefully my Italian is improving!

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My days aren’t completely filled with school and homework, though. I have spent that last few weeks booking trips, eating incredible food and wandering around Rome. I even went on a day trip to Naples! I loved Naples, but could have lived without all the rain. The pizza there was incredible, though. Best that I have had so far.

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One of my classes is a drawing class where we get to go to museums and sites, and draw what we see. It is one of my favorite classes, because not only do I love drawing it is taking me to places that I might not have gone to otherwise. I have now been to 3 out of the 4 national museums in Rome, thanks to both exploring with my friends and going with my class.

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Another awesome class that I am taking is Etruscan Art and Archeology. I never knew much about the Etruscans before, but learning about them, and being in an area with so much history makes it all the more fascinating.

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I took a cooking class earlier in the week, and it was awesome. Although the chef was a little touchy-feely (not in a creepy way, I just don’t like being touched by strangers) the food turned out amazing.

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We made pasta carbonara and a chocolate soufflé with peaches. Even though it is a classic Roman dish, it was the first time I had carbonara here. I have decided I am a big fan of it, even though I am not sure I will attempt making it on my own. I probably will, but the whole eggs as sauce thing seems a little tricky.

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The chocolate soufflé was also amazing. I love to cook, and learning from an Italian chef was definitely one of the highlights of my time here so far.

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Although most days are filled with class and homework, I still have time to explore this incredible city. There is nothing I love more than sitting in a piazza eating gelato and people watching. Each day in this city makes me so thankful that I have the opportunity to be here, experiencing all of its wonders.

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This city is now one of my favorite places on earth, and I can now understand why it is called the eternal city. No matter what happens, this city just keeps going, building on the old and learning from the past.

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Near my school, there is a meat and cheese shop, but they make heavenly sandwiches. Did I talk about this already? I may have, but they are worth mentioning. A lot.  Go in, order a surprise Panino, and they will definitely deliver.  I will go back to Rome just for these sandwiches.  They are my soulmate.  I don’t know how they do it, but it is always so delicious.

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I have so much to look forward to for the next 3 months. Tomorrow I am going to the city where St. Valentine lived to explore a chocolate festival for Valentines day. I have trips booked to Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Pompeii, Greece and even Morocco, as well as day trips to towns around Rome that I will be planning soon. I will do my best to keep this blog updated on all of it!

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