One Giant Italia Post

While I would have loved to consistently post while in Italy, the country is pretty crappy with internet so I’ll have to just write one grande post about my time there. It’ll probs be quite long, so I apologize if you get bored…feel free to not read it and just look at the pretty peektures. (WARNING: I’m probably not going to be very funny, so sorry for my nostalgia.)

Alright, so I arrived in Rome on Oct. 23rd in the late evening. Jillian and I kicked the journey off with dinner at L’insalata Ricca, which, if you don’t know, was my personal Sunday night meal while studying there two years ago. It was perfectly the same and still freaking delicious.

The next couple of days included many visits to Pascucci and the Hotel Tiziano. It was truly wonderful to be remembered by almost everyone and to see their reactions when we turned up unexpectedly. We had dinner with Daniel, one of the night workers at the Tiziano, on Tuesday night. Really sweet 🙂

Jillian and I went to see a lot of the places that we had each enjoyed over the course of our studies..
The bottom of the Spanish Steps, from the middle level of steps.

View of Castel Sant’Angelo from the Trastevere side of the Tiber.

Il Vaticano

The Pantheon! Easily my favorite Piazza.

Fountain at the base of the obelisk in front of the Pantheon.

Fountain in Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
On Thursday, we went to Firenze (Florence). I was pretty irritated that day, unfortunately. For example, this crazy waffle lady made me a dinky waffle with chocolate without me even asking for it and then tried to block me into her store until I paid 8 freaking euros for it. Obviously, I pushed my way out. She was messing with the wrong lady. Moron. However, Florence is lovely.
The duomo

Ghiberti’s Baptistry doors

We saw these art students doing some cool street drawings.

Then after returning to Roma, we did other cool things, such as the Borghese Gallery (which you can’t photograph but I’ll put the gardens/park part of it) and going up to the top of St. Peter’s.
Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese

Top of St. Peter’s

See the Pantheon right in the center?? Lovely.
We took a night walk around where we were staying and found out that it was a really cool artsy district. There were all sorts of painters, jewelers and abstract artists.

It was great that we were able to photograph them!
On Saturday, we went to the Orange Gardens and saw one of the most magnificent views of Rome! It was truly gorgeous.

The last photo was taken through a keyhole, not far from the Orange Gardens. Possibly one of the most breathtaking things I have ever seen. The photo does pretty much no justice.
After that, Jill and I went to our old mythology professors house for drinks, which turned into dinner. It was so wonderful!  He was so great to talk to. Truly a supportive and loving person!
The last night of our trip, we went to the International Film Festival to see the indie film Like Crazy. It was so sad, but really well done. The story was very realistic and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good tear jerker. We finished the night with another round of L’insalata Ricca 🙂 
Ciao, Roma! Ci vediamo!

VIVA ITALIA!!!!

Okay..I promise to write a much, much longer and more wonderful post (with pictures) about Rome, but I have a few significant things to say for the readers of mine who have studied in the Saint Mary’s College Rome program:

1.) First dinner: L’insalata Ricca….bruschetta–enough said.
2.) Went out to dinner with Tiziano-Daniel and hung out in the Tiz for a few hours.
3.) Had Giolitti several times already. But there is a new place called Grom, and it’s also freaking awesome.
4.) Met up with Father Mark in the classroom for a quick chat.
5.) Talked to Portia in the office, and let me tell you…she’s still so intimidating. Could have sworn I was still a student. This led to a run-in with Stefania. Still such a lovely person.
6.) Pascucci everyday, basically. Bruno and Patrizio knew Jill and I were coming, but Patrizia didn’t…imagine that reaction! It was the BEST!!!
5.) Sat in on HANSEN’S class. Not tour….class. And it was just as phenomenal as her tour lectures.
6.) Having drinks at P. Gardner’s house tomorrow. BAM!

Meh.

Let us recount today’s happenings:

1.) I woke up deathly ill and pretty darn sad. What a great start. Luckily, I got to talk to people who cheered me up, and Liz and Karl stopped by with chicken noodle soup. THE best.

2.) I ironed the shirt that goes with pseudo-dad’s lederhosen. Because his company decided it was a good idea to convene at Oktoberfest again. I’m telling you, they seriously think it’s one big conference.

3.) C (the younger child) called me “Mom” for the second or third time today. Have I mentioned that the kids call their parents by their first names? Oh yeah. So that makes me a little uncomfy.

4.) Pseudo-mom forcefully backed into the family’s second car. On accident. And I watched it all from the kitchen window. Had to walk away. Would have embarrassed her. Too hilarious.

5.) No joke: Princess Lillifee cupcakes. Pseudo-mom bought freaking Princess Lillifee cupcakes. Like I said before, bane of my existence.

6.) I was instructed to make rice for dinner, with sliced deli ham on the side. How is this considered dinner, you ask? Beats me, but it was.

So that’s that. Mostly uneventful, with the occasional spark of hilarity and irritation. Roma cannot come fast enough. As a tribute to the future, say buongiorno a Roma!