I clearly fail at this whole blogging thing. I’ve been here nearly two weeks and haven’t said anything about it!
I arrived in Rome with my parents on a Monday, and we just went out and walked around that night. On Tuesday, we went into the Colosseum, which was SO COOL. They had so many archaeological artifacts, like graffiti that had been carved into some of the steps. It was neato. Here we are looking great:
That night we went to Piazza Navona for dinner and just wandered some more, which was really fun!
Wednesday we spent getting me all set up for my seven week stay here. I got a phone, got an ID card, and got myself oriented.
Thursday morning, I said goodbye to my parents and got myself set up in my apartment. I’m living with three other American students in a nicely sized apartment really close to Saint Peter’s and the Castel Sant’Angelo. Yep, that’s right. I can look out of my window and see the dome of San Pietro looming in the sky. It’s pretty great.
I’ve been up to some pretty crazy shenanigans in the past week and a half, so here’s a short list of what I’ve done:
- Visited the ocean two weekends in a row (Santa Marinella and Ostia)
- Explored the Castel Sant’Angelo and climbed to the top
- Eaten Italian pizza
- Consumed SO MUCH GELATO (I regret nothing)
- Bought a few bottles of excellent two euro wine
- Visited the Pantheon…four times. And gone inside once.
- Creeped on the Ara Pacis Augustae (Augustus’s Altar of Peace) through the glass surrounding it—pics or it didn’t happen, you say? BOOM.
- Taken at least 500 pictures
- Been out until 7 am…and walked through St. Peter’s Square past nuns and priests going to mass in the morning in the past night’s clothes…
- Walked at least 200,000 steps (thank you, pedometer)
- Seen the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs, which Jesus supposed