Wow, I still can’t believe that
1) I’m in Rome (even though I’ve been here for a week)
2) I’ll be spending 4 months in this amazing city
3) I’ve drank about 20 glasses of wine in the past 7 days #sorrynotsorry
Sorry it took me a full week to write my first blog post. It’s been a crazy couple of days with settling into the apartment, meeting new people, exploring the city, and eating.
So I’ve decided. In order to balance this blog, school work, traveling, sleeping, and experiencing this magnificent city, I can’t spend much time writing long journal entries about like my daily life (that would get kind of boring, dontcha think?). So I’m going to make my posts be like the format of Buzzfeed- short and sweet and lots of pictures. I know, you’re welcome too.😛
So let’s get to it! Here’s a recap of best and worst of my first week in Rome!
First, Bye Boston!
Best about Flying: Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge during my layover in Toronto
Open bar anyone?
Dinner at the lounge (carrot ginger soup, ravioli, olives, carrot raisin salad, chickpeas, sun-dried tomatoes, & celery)
Hot food, comfy chairs, unlimited drinks. Oh yeah, being a Gold status on Star Alliance has its perks.
Worst about Flying: The sign saying that the flight was on time, but it ended up being delayed by an hour and a half. Why? No. idea. Ugh. (But I arrived in Rome 20 minutes before scheduled time….weird)
Best people: Meet the roomies!
Lovely girls from Northeastern, Point Park, La Salle, and St. Joseph’s. (The guys are basically our roommates too)
** Pictures = Pregame for the “Best Night” section down below
Group picture in front of the fountain
Inside the Pantheon
Spanish Steps & PIazza di Spagna
yeah, you get the point. No need for explanation. (and I haven’t even visited the Vatican, St. Peter’s, or the Museo e Galleria Borghese)
Best food: Everything is amazing (from the espressos to the gelato [sorry didn’t take a pic!] to the pastries], but my favorite so far is the spaghetti con vongole [spaghetti with clams] that my roommate ordered one night
after she took all the clams out.
I just only had a bite of her pasta, but omg I was in heaven. It was one of those moments where pause with your mouth open and you just stare at other people affirming that the food gods just blessed you with the most fantastic thing you have ever tasted in your life. (You know that look.)The texture of the noodles, the sauce, the juiciness of the clams. Oh. my. gah.
This is what our table looked like. (margherita pizza, smoked salmon and arugula, margherita pizza with olives). Can you guess which pizza is mine?
All the pizzas were out of this world too. I never ever eat pizza in the states (sorry I can’t stomach Papa John’s or Dominos), but I have literally been eating them almost every day for dinner since I’ve been here. The italians really know the beauty of making a perfect thin crust pizza. Così delizioso!
Best wine: random house wine we got on our first night
No idea what it was, but it was the smoothest wine I’ve ever tasted in my life. Imagine drinking red water that just flows beautifully down your throat like a peaceful waterfall. Haha that was a bad analogy, but you get what I mean.
Best view: From the terrace from the American University of Rome
When can you ever say that your school overlooked the whole city of Rome?
Best shopping/expense: Brandy Melville in Rome
Oh my goodness. It was the biggest Brandy Melville I’ve ever walked into! (My Boston friends: imagine our Newbury store, but 5 times bigger.)
And apparently all their clothes are made in Italy. I was bummed because we stumbled upon this Brandy Melville after a full day of spending money, so I only had enough euros to buy one shirt. sad face. Soooo you know where you’ll find me next weekend.
Worst expense: Spending €8-10 on a cocktail at a bar or club and paying for water at restaurants
FYI, €1 shots are not cheap ($1.30) and €8-10 cocktails really isn’t necessary($10-13). Please bring me back to China where it’s 1 kuai shots ($0.16) and 15 kuai drinks ($2.45). Thank you.
Best street performers: Italian boys doing soccer tricks
Best Friday Night: Going to G bar then to the this
random Great Gatsby after party in the middle of nowhere
We first went to this place called the G bar in Trastevere. When we got there around 11-ish, the place was already packed and crammed with probably about 98% study abroad students and 2% locals. So apparently at midnight, G bar was hosting a Great Gatsby party at this mansion somewhere far away (which btw, ended up being right next to the Italian soccer stadiums), so we
stumbled got into taxis and headed over to this little fancy shmancy place. So, the party started when we arrived. Haha just kidding.
The only good picture of the night.
Okay it’s 5:19 am right now, but I was determined to write a post before school starts getting on a roll. (Is that even a saying?)
Pardon my grammar, punctuation, etc. I don’t have the energy to edit, which is probably a sign that I should sleep.
* I apologize if the formatting is funky. I’m trying to fix it, but it’s not adding spaces between paragraphs. Hmph, oh well.