Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 2: Morning Journeys

Today we went to St. Peter's, which is THE most beautiful place in the entire world. I know I haven't very much but I know nothing will ever be able to compare the beauty and mystery that is St. Peter's Church. The square was very fantastic, but the inside was so overwhelming it made me cry (literally). Josh also took me around to all these different churches in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. We also had delicious cappuccinos :D. We got to see St. Cecelia, the patron saint of music, at the church named after her. On one of the churches, there were stone markers from the catacomb graves attached to the wall. These churches, no matter what size, we're so beautiful, designed in styles from Byzantine and Baroque and more! I forgot my camera today but we are returning to those places one last time on Wednesday. 
After the tour, we went grocery shopping and after a bus and metro ride, we finally returned to the apartment where we ate a lunch of cheese, meat, wine, and apples with the generic brand of Nutella. Nutella is very popular in Europe; they eat it everywhere! Now that we were refueled, we decided to watch a video, where I nodded off a couple of times. So, we decided to take a nap-for three hours-until our third roommate, Judy, buzzed the intercom and woke us up! She and I went grocery shopping while Josh made a risotto-style dish. We returned and added some onions we caramelized and had a delicious supper. 
It has been a full few days so far, but I'm excited to see what's in store! Tomorrow, we head to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and who knows where else?!?! However, it's after midnight here and I must get some sleep!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Benvenuti a Roma: inizia il viaggio!

Day 1: April 14
For those of you who don't understand Italian, the title translates to: Welcome to Rome: the journey begins! Thus begins my incredible journey to Rome, Capitol of Italy. After a 17 1/2 hour flight- which I was so thankful to be off of- my brother picked me up from Fumicino airport. We headed to the villa where he had been staying the last 3 months. We headed from the airport on the train, followed by a bus. Let's just say the drivers here must be more than crazy because how they can get around some of the tight spots, I'll never know. After surviving my first experience with European public transportation, we walked up and down a hill a arrived at the villa. After walking the hill, I was rewarded with a beautiful view of the villa. Settled in a large amount of land lies a villa that contains a monastery, a guest house, and classrooms. The land is filled with beautiful tress, from olive to lemon to firs, and there are sounds of birds all around you! After taking in the view, Josh lead me to the guest house where the girls all slept at, then over to the dining room. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner-where I met a few of his classmates- of potatoes and zucchini, with orange soda and water.
After dinner we took a walk around the grounds, then went our separate ways. I was so so glad to unpack my toothbrush and put in pajamas! I slept like a baby that night (I hadn't slept in a real bed for over 24 hours!