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Visitors (part 3)

The last of my visitors was TYLER! My parents left Wednesday and I had a short break until Tyler came Saturday. She got to my apartment around noon and was exhausted, later I showed her around Garbtella and we went to apertivo with Natalie and her friends that night before going out to Trastevere. Sunday we went to the end of the Year of Faith mass in Saint Peter’s Square, it was cold but the highlight was Pope Francis holding the box with Saint Peter’s remains in them. Then we walked around Trastevere, went to the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. It was a fun day walking around showing Tyler the lay of the land and just hanging with my sister!
Out in Trastevere!
Out in Trastevere!
End of the Year of Faith Mass
End of the Year of Faith Mass
Monday Ty went to Florence for the day (and again Wednesday after the audience) to see everything there…I think she saw more than I have there!
Papal Audience!
Papal Audience!
Out Wednesday Night!
Out Wednesday Night!
Tuesday Ty did a Vatican tour while I was at work and after we covered a ton of ground together. I took her to campo de fiori and showed her the market, then we walked to the Trevi Fountain which was quite eventful, we saw some young girls getting caught by the police for stealing! After our photo shoot we went walked down Via del Corso to the Spanish Steps.
Trevi!
Trevi!
Making a WIsh
Making a WIsh
Spanish Steps!
Spanish Steps!
Thursday was Thanksgiving! My apartment decided to host Thanksgiving which became a huge potluck for 27 people. Around noon Natalie Tyler and I went to the butcher to get turkey breast because we were told we wouldn’t find a whole turkey. WRONG, we go to the butcher and ask for turkey for 25 people and he goes into the back and grabs an entire bird. We explained to him (through a nice man who spoke Italian) that our oven wasn’t large enough to cook the wholes thing, well he fixed that problem by chopping it into four pieces. Well we had our turkey and walked back to the apartment and on the way the turkey leg kicked a hole in the bag…this was going to be interesting to say to the least. My roommate Care and I took charge with the turkey she cleaned out the inside while I plucked the remaining feathers off, this was a farm fresh turkey. We managed to cook it and set up the living room for our dinner. Everyone brought other Thanksgiving fixins and it was an authentic Thanksgiving in Rome! We invited some Italians as well, it was some of their first Thanksgiving dinners ever. It was a great night with friends and food, I can’t believe we managed to pull it off, dinner for 27!
Sister Selfie
Sister Selfie
Thanksgiving Buffet
Thanksgiving Buffet
Friendsgiving!
Friendsgiving!
Friday was out last day together 😦 we walked around Trastevere, Campo, and Piazza Navona to do some shopping first. Then we went to the Jewish Ghetto for Hanukah they lit the Menorah at 415 in the center I enjoyed seeing the tradition here. Then (ironically) we went to see some churches, the Francesi Luigi with Carvaggio paintings, Santa Maria sopra Minerva to see the Michelangelo statue, and finally the Augustine Church in Rome. I had never been to this one, my parents found it walking around when they were here. It had gorgeous blue ceilings and they had a chapel on the side for Saint Thomas of Villanova! Others included Saint Rita, Monica, and others that are names of buildings at Villanova, it was so cool to see. Friday night we had a nice sister dinner together in Testaccio, Ty had an early flight Saturday and I had my field study for class overnight. It was a quick trip but so much fun to show Ty around when I could. I was so happy she could come (miss you already Ty!) see you in 3 weeks!
Jewish Ghetto for Hanukah
Jewish Ghetto for Hanukah
Saint Augustine Church
Saint Augustine Church
St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel
St. Thomas of Villanova Chapel

Never a Dull Moment!

Ciao! It has been another crazy week. We started Intensive Italian class that goes for two weeks, I’m in Italian 101 and we have it for two hours every morning. Even though it’s two hours it doesn’t seem to be that long of a class! The things we are learning are very elementary but have to start at the basics! I’m understanding things somewhat easily from having taken Spanish for so long. But it gets confusing when speaking and writing because I often think in Spanish, and it isn’t the exact same. I’ve learned enough so I can order coffee and some other things when I’m out which makes me feel less like an American.

We also started our Core Course called At Home in Rome which meets once a week. For this class we learn about Rome on site there will be little classroom time and we will be walking around different areas with our professor learning about Italian history and culture. Our professor is awesome! He told us that if we go to any ‘tourist’ places to eat or shop that he wont talk to us anymore and we get an ‘F’ which was funny but somewhat serious. He doesn’t want us to just be tourists but to live like Romans which, is what I would like to do here. During class we met in Campo di Fiori which had a market set up in the square, we walked to Piazza Navona which was a stadium where ancient Romans would go for entertainment. Now in the Piazza there are 3 fountains. The one in the middle is called Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi which means the fountain of four rivers which has incredible details and represents the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata. One interesting fact was that the sculptor of this fountain’s believed that the church to be built right beside by a rival wouldn’t up hold and would crumble on his fountain. For this reason the figure facing the church has his hand out to shield himself from the possible falling church. We also went to a few churches to see amazing art. In the Church of Santa Maria we saw a Michelangelo statue, Statua del Redentore which is the only Michelangelo statue that can be touched and our professor told us it is the best butt in sculpture. It was incredibly detailed and unreal to be able to touch a work by Michelangelo. We also saw the Tomb of Saint Catherine the patron saint of Siena, our professor then talked to someone who allowed us to see the room where she used to pray which was pretty unbelievable.

This week the other interns and I went to look for our office in Vatican City and I will be working literally right down the street from the Basilica which made things all too real. Throughout the week we did some walking around and our fair share of getting lost. But getting lost in Rome isn’t like getting lost in any city there’s always something to see, a beautiful view, an incredible church, statues, fountains, Piazze (plural of Piazza). One day we went to go look for some shops, got lost and never found them but came across this amazing view of the sun setting over the Vatican and we didn’t even mind that we were lost and weren’t able to find the stores. Also this week I went to the Fontana di Trevi and made a wish! The Trevi is huge and there were so many people there it was a beautiful night to just hang out (and take lots of pics) at the Trevi! I also made another trip to the beach after class on Friday with a few others and it was a beautiful afternoon, beach season is ending so we have to get there while we can!

On Saturday I had quite an exhausting day, Arcadia (our host program) organized events for us throughout the semester, Saturday was a bike tour of the Ancient Appian Way. I haven’t been on an actual bike in I don’t know how long but I wanted to see the Appian Way and this seemed like a cool way to do it! Well riding a bike for the first time in years on an ancient road of dirt and cobblestone proved to be a little difficult for a lot of us, myself included. I got the hang of it after a while but going up dirt hills and over bumpy cobble stone was actually pretty hard! A lot of people had some bike malfunctions and bumps and bruises, of course I was one of them. I was riding by a rock and banged by knee right into it — but I managed not to fall once, even when the chain fell off my bike…The obstacles that came along with the bike tour was worth it though. The Appian Way had some neat history and was a beautiful ride. I only wish I was skilled enough to ride a bike and take pictures because the end of the ride down this big hill overlooked the city and was all too picturesque.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Michelangelo Statua del Redentore
Michelangelo Statua del Redentore
Never really lost--beautiful sunset
Never really lost–beautiful sunset
Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi
at the top of a hill on our tour of the Ancient Appian Way
At the top of a hill on our tour of the Ancient Appian Way