A day in Roma :)

Trip Start Aug 19, 2013
Trip End Dec 13, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hello all!
I decided I would try to blog more often, and this is me making an attempt! There is no normal day here in Rome, but I thought I would capture one day (yesterday) for you so you can get a sense of what life is like day by day.
So yesterday I got up at 5:30am for Tourist Tuesday round 2! (last week we went to the Trevi Fountain.) I got ready quick and had a breakfast of a banana and toast with nutella--there is no peanut butter here!!!--and some orange juice. 5 other girls and I (Paige, Sarah, Sarah, Natalie, and Erika) left the apartment at 6:15 and walked across a sleepy Rome to the Colosseum. We chose this location for Tourist Tuesday because that's where we had to meet for class that day at 9:30 anyway. As expected, there were no tourists there; unfortunately the sunrise wasn't quite as brilliant as the sunset the previous evening. We got some pictures, and even asked some nice-looking locals to get a group picture for us! Then we thought to ourselves...what do we do now that we are awake and ready for class 2 hours before it starts? Caffeine was calling our names. 4 girls went across Rome to seek out a McDonalds for breakfast (Americans!!!) but I stayed with Paige at a café overlooking the Colosseum. I ordered: Posso avere un cappuccino con chocolate? (yeah, i'm proud that my ordering skills are improving...) Paige and I had a lovely breakfast chatting and I even journaled a bit, sketching the Colosseum. For those who don't know, for my seminar class here an assignment is to record our experiences in a journal throughout the semester. We are encouraged to draw things we see, rather than take a picture, because that provides the maximum engagement. We are also encouraged to collect items from places we go. I have a variety of receipts and tickets glued in already! I love to journal, so mine has a lot of writing, but I'm working on incorporating some drawing and random items. What a fun "assignment"! 
After breakfast, we went back to the Colosseum and met our classmates, waiting for our Art History teacher Paulo. I had my notebook and pen out and ready for note-taking! The class was quite interesting. Our professor was wearing plaid shorts, a fedora, tube socks, and all shades of blue! He taught us a lot about the architecture of Classic Rome, the basis for the Renaissance. We literally sat at the colosseum and he pointed to various aspects while he taught. What a hands-on lesson! Then we walked. All over Rome. Paulo is QUITE a fast walker. He didn't care if we were right behind him or not and never looked back. We basically ran after him all day. We visited many sites in Rome and took many messy notes. My favorite part is Paulo's sassiness. We would pass ruins that most of us would deem historical and he would laugh at them saying that archeologists were stupid for spending their money uncovering those ruins. He also made many sexual jokes to "keep us awake". After the exhausting 4 hour class, we ended up at a random location in Rome and had to find our way back to school. Once we got near school, we grabbed some sandwiches and ate at the courtyard at St. John's. Then I journaled some more because I'd forgotten to bring more homework (apparently my 5am brain doesn't work very well).
Then at 3:30 we had our first real Theology class! After meeting our professor on Saturday for Subiaco, I was quite excited to see how class would go. She was amazing! She had us introduce ourselves, then introduced her crazy life! She is a yoga instructor and has lived in many parts of the world, just recently discovering her love of theology! She went to SJU in Minnesota to get her masters, which we all love of course :) Class went well, and I could just tell that she cared about how well we understood things. Every other class of hers will be on-site! She told us that she would get us in on a mass underneath St. Peter's Basilica, where many pope's had been buried. Also we will be getting a guided tour of St. Peter's at some point. I can already tell I will loveeee the class!
After that class, we walked home on the wet sidewalk. It had rained during class (thankfully we were inside) for the first time since we've been in Rome. It has literally been cloudless skies the whole time we've been here. It is kind of nice to get a break from the heat. I got home and reheated some pizza and ate some watermelon, one of the easiest dinners I've made so far. Then I worked on homework the rest of the night. Some people went out for karaoke again, but I couldn't do it. I was exhausted!! I slept great last night :)

So, there ya go! A day in Roma. Now I better go work on more homework! I'm making a floor dinner of mac and cheese tonight, wish me luck!!
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