"The sweet life," as Italians call it, is quite an adjustment for this American girl. Please bare with my while I state the obvious: Life in Italy is so different from life in the States! Ok, thanks...
This semester has already taught me to appreciate different customs and cultures. I still have so much more appreciating to do.
I am loving learning Italian. Yesterday in class we reviewed everything we had learned in 10 days and it is quite impressive. I can introduce myself, ask where you are from, and order a coffee or beer in a restaurant! Haha ok maybe not that impressive, but still exciting. I have 2 whole months to improve.
Practicing Italian in real life is nerve-racking. Pronouncing the words correctly is where the big struggle is.It is always humbling when you think you are asking for a hamburger and a fry and they give you three hamburgers and no fries. Not fun. But I just need to get over my embarrassment and pride and dive into the language. Whether or not my verb tenses are right, I will improve just by practicing!
Life in Italy happens at a different pace than life at home. At home (or school) when I have free time I always have something I need to be doing. "Be productive!" is my mentality. Here it doesn't seem to fit. When I have free time all I want to do is sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. I don't want to be doing anything. Something in the atmosphere evokes the desire to just "be." Be in the fresh air, be with people, be yourself. I think this is a good lesson for me to learn.
I have decided that I want to spend a lot of my travel time this semester in Italy. You will notice this as you see pictures being posted from my weekend trips. The main reason for this is because I realized in Rome that I have this amazing opportunity to really dive into a culture and a way of life that is unfamiliar to me. If I was to be traveling to different countries every weekend I would not fully be able to appreciate Italian culture.
As my dad so wonderfully put it, "
|So apparently they collect license plates from the US too... This one made me feel at home.|
|View from Piazzele Michelangelo. It took my breath away! Partly because the intense walk up the hill, but still it was amazing!|
|It's amazing that chalk and black pavement can be used to produce such vibrant colors! Didn't see the finished product, but already the street is looking better!|