Since I last blogged a lot has happened. We were swamped with arrival activities the first few days. We toured the Colosseum and the Roman Forum but it was so hot and our group was so big that it was hard to learn much. Luckily I had been there before and we are going again for my Art History class. That night we finally got the energy to go out with a bunch of students. We ended up at Campo Di Fiori, the main square filled with bars and lots of Americans. It is a fun place but very American. After that we walked around for a good hour trying to find this club called Bloom, it was totally worth it and full of Italians.
The next few days were spent eating A TON, shopping and drinking wine…not a bad few days I would say. Saturday night we ended up at an Italian Anniversary party in the basement of a bar by Campo di Fiori. This was exactly the kind of shenanigans we were looking for that night. I would say it was the best night we have had so far. Sunday we went with the university on a planned trip to the beach. The beaches close to Rome are only a 40-minute train ride away and are actually very nice. We kept getting harassed by the people trying to sell things on the beach. Of course I eventually gave in and I bought 2 dresses for only 2 Euros each…suspect... but after a few washes they should be decent.
The next day was the first day of school!! I went in pretty unprepared but it didn't seem to matter. All of my classes are interesting but they all seem more legit than I planned on them being, better kick my butt into gear! That afternoon I bought my gym membership. The gyms here are a lot different. 1. They are so much smaller. 2. They have super weird machines. 3. All the weights are in kilograms so it is a constant guessing game 4. IT WREAKS OF B.O…not like it doesn't on every bus too. That night we went out to the bars and ended up at Scholars, another very American bar for Karaoke night, it was packed. When we decided to leave, 6 of us hailed a taxi and squeezed in. Apparently we chose the wrong taxi driver because he has no idea how to take us home so we ended up having to direct him all the way there. Was he a real taxi driver?? We will never know…
I don't have any class on Thursdays so some of my roommates and I decided to go to tour Castel Sant'Angelo. We got some great pictures of Rome from the top of the castle. After the tour we found a Subway (eat fresh)!!! Although Italian food is delicious, we were craving a little American food. Our day felt like a success after that adventure and one too many Subway cookies. Friday we were still on our American kick and went to find an American café near our campus. We all got some good old American breakfasts with regular coffee. It felt just like I was back at DU on a Friday/Sunday morning eating at Petes. Delicious..but suspicious. The rest of the day we spent planning our trip to Cinque Terre and Pisa for the weekend and preparing for the mayhem that was to ensue. More to come soon!