This is my last night abroad and it’s very bittersweet. If feels both like I just flew out of LAX a few days ago and like I’ve been away from home forever. I’ve had an amazing adventure thus far. This experience has been above and beyond anything I could ever have imagine. I want to thank Conny and her family for not only hosting me here in Germany but also letting me stay with them in Tuscany! I always feel so at home here and I can’t wait to visit again in the future!
Thanks to my parents for supporting me through this whole journey! Without them I could have never done it!
I’ve learned so much, not only in the classroom but about life and myself and I will remember this for the rest of my life.
This is a picture of what awaits my friends and family, a mountain of German chocolate and candy!! Can’t wait to see you all!
Back on U.S. soil tomorrow afternoon
Tschüss Deutschland! Wir werden uns bestimmt wieder sehen!
Okay so there is a second lesson from Tuscany.
Don’t forget bug spray.
These are only 4 of my 24 mosquito bites at the time. I got a few more after this picture. I even had a couple on my face. Apparently I must have sweet blood or something. I don’t know whether to be flattered or annoyed. Mostly I’m just itchy…
Lesson of Tuscany
There is only one. Il dolce far niente. It means the sweetness of doing nothing, and man is it nice
Lessons of Rome
Now that I’m back in Germany, having made a full circle and reached the very final leg of my adventure, I’ve had a moment to think of some of the lessons I’ve learned in Italy. Here are the ones from Rome
1) crossing the street is dangerous business. One must be brave a just walk, the cars will stop for you… Hopefully
2) enter any building with the word “basilica” in the name. Even if it looks plain from the outside, the inside is without question a masterpiece
3) there is absolutely nothing better than a cup (or a cone) of gelato on a hot roman day
4) keep your bag close at all time, especially in touristy places like the Vatican. I didn’t have the pleasure of being pickpocketed (thank goodness) but I was warned by Vatican security to be very careful :/
5) if you see a fountain finish your water and fill up you bottle, you can never have too much free cold water
6) lastly even though it is scorching hot, walk. There is an amazing sight to see around literally every corner and usually more than one. I’ll make an exception for biking, that can be fun too
The Roman Forum. This is taken from outside, but with my colosseum ticket I was able to walk around. Too bad it is so hot because if not I could have spent all day inside!
On my free self-guided tour of the ancient city. The Colosseum
Of course once I wanted to go into the colosseum it wast free anymore. But that’s okay. How could you come to Rome and not go in??
St. Peters basilica! Simply amazing!
So apparently the Vatican sold the rights to photos of the Sistine chapel in order to have enough for the restoration. Therefore we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. Naturally that means I still did! How could I not? It’s the Sistine Chapel?!?
Unfortunately I’m a little too afraid to post the picture online for fear of being sued by some Japanese company. But if anyone reading this thinks I should post it still then just leave a comment and I’ll post it later :)
Sorry I haven’t been updating as frequently. I have been spending as little time as possible in my hostel despite the crazy heat. Rome is amazing! My first day I walked around for 9 hours seeing pretty much the entire city including a tour of the Vatican. Then the next day I did another big walking adventure seeing the ancient city. Then yesterday after visiting the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill I did a biking tour down Appian way to the old aqueducts! This trip has been the most amazing leg of my journey thus far. Just being able to “Rome” around ;)
I will be posting some pictures of all my adventures right after this so start from here and go up if you want to see them in chronological order!
Tomorrow I go to Tuscany to meet up with Conny and her family and I can’t wait!! Probably wont have I Internet there so you will all have to wait until I’m back in Germany again for the updates!
Home in 8 days. The journey is almost over.
Last night I had real Wiener Schnitzel! Wiener Schnitzel literally means Viennese fried cutlet. It is typically made with veal but that is more expensive and morally I don’t know how I feel about eating baby cow. But this one was made with pork and it was so delicious! I bet if they served this at the wiener schnitzel chain fast food in America they would make a lot of money!
Now I am in Rome after a long trip here. My first meal in Rome after checking into the hostel was the most delicious bruschetta I’ve ever had with a nice glass of Italian prosecco. Despite the fact that it is ridiculously hot here, I’ve already walked around and fallen completely in love with this city! I can’t wait to do some more exploring! Tomorrow it’s off to the Colosseum and whatever else I can get to!