15 Jun | Anna Destino | No Comments
As I sit in my new home for a month I cannot help but reflect upon a few moments over the past weekend that I will never forget including: Traveling to Orvieto, which is a beautiful city on top of a hill in central Italy, with the Lorenzo de Medici excursions. We went to the …READ MORE
12 Jun | Anna Destino | 2 Comments
It is going on one week since I have arrived here in Tuscania, Italy. My travels lasted almost a full 24 hours, which became exhausting to say the least. I am now finished with my second day of school where I am taking a Wine and Culture of Italy class. My professor Claudio is so …READ MORE
6 Jun | Anna Destino | One Comment
As I sit in my comfy, familiar home in Western North Carolina three days closer to departing for an adventure of a lifetime, I can only think about the multiple lists of different clothes, toiletries, and shoes to pack. I am unsure of many different different aspects of the trip like; will I get along …READ MORE
13 Mar | Julianne Bishop | No Comments
I apologize for such a gap between posts, everything got crazy moving to Rome and leaving immediately for break…during which my computer decided to crash on me. I retrieved it from the apple store (which was some what of a treck) yesterday. And sadly enough…my hardrive had to be replaced so all my pictures of Italy are gone 🙁 On the bright side I do have the pictures from my first break and what I have taken in Rome so far still on my memory card!
We left Tuscania, and it was very sad saying goodbye to all of the semester students and advisers whom we had developed close relationships with. The sadness was soon replaced with the excitement of arriving in Rome. After Orientation we were dropped off at our apartment where we met our landlord, his wife, and his son. His son translated for us while the wife made coffee for us as we toured the apartment. We do not have a living room but we have a nice kitchen and a fabulous bathroom! Off of 2 of the 2 bedrooms and the kitchen we have small balconies.
Our first night in Rome was an adventure! After we settled in and unpacked three of us went out exploring with no idea where we were. After talking to one of our friends in our program that lived in Rome last semester we had a destination but no idea how to get there. We stopped an italian woman on the street who was incredibly nice and she walked us all the way to the metro station! There we stared at the complex map and figured out where we needed to go, how to get tickets, and which metro to get on! We got off and found our way to Piazza del Popolo.
We were quite proud of ourselves and the Piazza was beautiful all light up at night. Off the Piazza is one of the most famous shopping streets in Rome, Via Del Corso, where we explored a little bit while waited for our friends to arrive. Then Matt (the student that studied in Rome last semester) showed us around and told us about what we were walking past. We walked past the Spanish Steps and some pretty shops, and eventually found a restaurant that was very cute and yummy! They had spiced and peppers hanging around the dining area, and they pulled off some peppers to take back to the kitchen!
After dinner we went next door to one of the most famous gelato shops in Rome, where Katherine (she’s a vegan) and I (who has food allergies) found gelato we could have … and it was even Chocolate! We were ecstatic and it was delicious. As we ate our gelato we walked back towards a nearby subway stop that just so happens to go past the Trevi Fountain! It was breathtaking, all lit up at night! I love it. We stood there eating gelato looking at the Trevi Fountain and it hit me… I am in Rome. We walked back to the subway in Rome, which was beautiful all lit up at night before coming home. So in the process of one short, whirlwind of a night I fell in love with Rome!
Early the next morning I headed out with a heart full of adventure and my backpacking backpack as company to make my way to the airport. I found the subway, and conveniently ran into Matt, who showed me where to catch the bus the the airport. The rest of the day was full of stressful rushing around the airports trying to catch my 2 flights… but barely making it to both. But I landed in Grenoble France and finally got to rest for a bit, while I waited for one of my best friends from home.
She arrived and my youth pastor came with my cousin and a few family friends to pick us up from the airport. We headed back to the camp that I had been to 4 years previously with my youth pastor and his wife (that my cousin got to experience this year)! We had the most fabulous weekend seeing Grenoble and driving to Annecy and Lyon. We explored the city, took some amazing picture, made some fabulous memories, and had an amazing time.
I then flew back to Dublin, where my friend is going to school. We spent the next few days seeing Dublin. We explored the city and I got to see her school and meet her friends. It was a lot of fun and I love the feel of the city. Then we flew together to Malta. To say it was an adventure was an understatement. We successfully found the right public bus … but the bus driver got lost … for like an hour. He kept trying to turn around in narrow narrow streets. We finally got to our hotel. We spent most of the weekend watching Gilmore Girls in our room, because the beach was closed, there was nothing to do, and for the most part people were not very friendly or helpful. Finding food was an adventure in itself. Even though we didn’t do much, it was an exhausting trip. It was beautiful though!
Then, together, we made it back to Rome where Geneva met my roommates and we went out to sushi! We stayed in a hostel while she was here, but we got to adventure around Rome together and eat lots of gelato.
I started classes last week, and as always everything moves very fast. For the most part I like my classes better than in Tuscania. My Italian class is shorter, and the perfect length. Our activities vary more, and in history we have more discussions. We’re getting ready for our midterm in history already and I have an Italian quiz on Thursday. It is a little nerve wracking not knowing what to expect, but I am feeling more confident than in Tuscania because I feel like I am getting a better grip of the information as we go!
I still am in love with Rome! The day and the night have a totally different feel and I love them both. I also love that the day and the nights are so vastly different from each other, because you can experience things multiple times and it feels different. This aspect and the fact that Rome is so large and has so much history makes our time here seem so short. It is hard to believe that we only have 2 more weekends here before we head on to Venice! Wow!
I will download some pictures that I still have soon!READ MORE
23 Feb | Julianne Bishop | No Comments
Sorry for such a delay in posts and the lack of pictures! School got VERY busy with school and my photo application is not working on my computer so I cannot currently upload any photos. Last week for classes I had a midterm in History, so I spent a lot of time the weekend before …READ MORE
8 Feb | Julianne Bishop | No Comments
Unusual Weather Ohio has been warmer than Italy the last week … actually it’s the coldest weather that Tuscania has experienced in 27 years. We had rain and snow (and REALLY cold winds) this last week. The whole city (and the surrounding ones) got very nervous about the icy conditions, which in reality are nothing …READ MORE