The time has come for my 4 months of adventure to come to a close. Although it is time to get back to real life, I am extremely sad. Living in Rome has become normal for me. I had just gotten everything down to a science and then I had to get up and leave again. I can't even explain in words how much this experience has changed me. I am going to miss my new friends so much, we went through so many good and bad experiences together.
The last few days in Rome were a whirlwind. The time leading up to finals seemed like it was never-ending. After we all finished finals we spent our last days eating at our favorite restaurants, going out to our favorite bars to see our friends for the last time and dreading our pending good-byes.
Friday ended up being the longest day of my life. After staying out really late on Thursday night, I woke up early, which was not in the plan. Then I ended up staying awake for 24 hours after that since I had to leave for my flight home at 3 am. Luckily I got to catch up on sleep on the long flight home. I was pretty delusional the first half of the trip though.
While sitting in the Chicago airport I felt really weird, it felt like I was on another planet. I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte that I had been craving all 4 months; sad to say it left me a little disappointed. I have become so immune to espresso that it tasted like pumpkin milk. Espresso addict? It was also weird to understand everything that people are saying and not to be stared at constantly. I am going to miss being able to talk about whatever I wanted because people couldn't understand me.
I have already had my taste of bad, bad Italian food and wine on the plane ride back. It was very disappointing and I hope everything doesn't taste like that to me. I am sure my taste buds will transition back to the taste of food in America very quickly.
Over the past few months I have been compiling a list of things I will and won't miss from Italy. Here it is:
This I will miss:
Food, food, food
Primitive espresso maker
Walking for miles without a care
Learning a new language
Shopping on Via del Corso
Strolling past ancient monuments regularly
Using olive oil with everything
Trastevere at night
Things I will not miss:
All public transportation in Rome- strikes, no time schedule
Slow moving people
Primitive kitchen utensils
Using Nutella jars for measuring cups
Hard mattress, broken bed
Different can openers
No dishwasher or hot water
Dusty dirty apartment
No hot water
Dog poop on the sidewalks
Walking up 3 flights of tiny spiral staircases everyday
The past 4 months have been the best experience of my life. I wish I could go back and repeat the entire thing. I will never forget the new friends I have made or all the crazy experiences I had. So for now it is not goodbye it is see ya later Roma.