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Giorno Sei//Day 6

1 Giugno//June 1st

Continuing with the hot, busy day from yesterday, we take a long route to the Musei Capitoline. It overlooks the Roman Forum. We continued student presentations on the Constantine Colossus, the She-Wolf featuring Romulus and Remus, and the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius. The workers at the Capitolini Museum were so rude and snarky. Why even have an art museum if you can learn from/appreciate the art? Isn't drawing from the art available allowing us to appreciate it? We are allowed to take pictures of it, but cannot draw from it?! Makes absolutely no sense to me. Suzanne told us to just be sneaky and draw when they couldn't see us. We were out for roughly 6 hours...barely made it back in time for our next class. We decided to stay local for dinner and went to a Chinese place. It was alright. I think it made Meredith sick. The first week of classes are complete! Katelyn, Brooke, Meredith, Lauren, and I are headed to Venice in the morning.

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Giorno Cinque//Day 5

31 Maggio//May 31st

Today was a lonnnngggggg day. We took the metro to the Colosseum where we started our student presentations and explored the grounds. We made our way to the Roman Forum to continue our presentations on the Arc of Titus, the Basilica of Maxentius/Constantine. It was HOT and we walked all over the place. Ran into a guy wearing a Cavs jersey and shouted "O-H" and he replied "I-O." It was amazing. We climbed to the top of the Palatine hill, which showed one of the best views of the entire Roman Forum. I got one hell of a sunburn.
For dinner, we went to L'Archetto where I got a margherita pizza. We tossed coins into the Trevi Fountain in the evening...it was much cooler and much more enjoyable than the daytime.

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Giorni Quattro // Day 4

30 Maggio // May 30th

Buongiorno! I am now getting adjusted to the time and caked in sweat due to the lack of AC in the bedrooms. Today, my art class went to Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (formerly a Roman bath). The Popes turned this public bath into a church hundreds of years ago once Catholicism took precedent over paganism. After, we ventured to Museo Nazionale Romano at the Palazzo Massimo. We saw various Greek and Roman statues from ancient times (all very well preserved). Many were marble, but others were bronze or plaster made through various techniques. The detail was astonishing! We even saw the best (out of 8) of the famous disc-thrower statue. Today was the first day the drawing students had the opportunity to sit down and draw a work of our choosing. I choose the Hermaphrodite. We stayed longer to work and then walked around through various paper shops and saw the Trevi Fountain (very crowded and unpleasant during the day—lots of people trying to sell you things and take your picture). We began philosophy today and the professor is hilarious. Tonight, we enjoyed a full group dinner at Capperi (featuring endless wine and numerous courses of delicious food).

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Giorno Tre // Day 3

29 Maggio // May 29th

Woke up at 6am due to the jet lag…class doesn’t start until 9am (which I will later realize is a very late start). It’s a 10 minute walk to the 913/990 bus stop and from there, we take the bus to the Medalie d’Oro stop by the Pacific Hotel to get on the metro at Cipro. We got this routine down very fast. Everyone walks here, probably why they’re all so skinny here. For our first day of ARTS 113, we went to Scuderie del Quirinale for a special exhibit featuring Caravaggio and Bernini (two famous artists that we will be seeing a lot more of in the following weeks). The philosophy class didn’t begin until Tuesday, so a group of students ventured to the grocery store, which supposedly was a short walk away. 20 minutes later, we arrive. You have to pay for grocery bags and have to weigh your own produce. My new friends and I had heard wonders about this restaurant (Osteria dell’Anima) with pear pasta…something I never would have gotten on my own. IT WAS AMAZING. The pasta was stuffed with a sweet cheese and pear complimented with a cream sauce and carrot puree. 10/10 would recommend. Best house wine too. There was also a student discount! And the waitresses were so kind and funny…one even brought out amaretto for us to try (not a huge fan). After dinner, we ventured to Piazza Navona to wander and shop. I found an incredible oil painting of Rome from a street vendor (120 euros originally, but 50 euros since I’m a student). Creepy guys ended up following us through an alley, but we made it back to a public street where they turned around. It was sketchy.
Today had been exhausting from the jet lag, walking in the hot sun, and the constant going from thing to thing. There are blisters on the bottom, top, and back of my feet. I’m still getting adjusted to everything, but excited to see what’s to come.

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Giorno Uno e Due//Day 1-2

27 e 28 Maggio // May 27-28th

My parents and sister stared at me as I walked through the security line at the airport. Guys, I’m gonna be fine I swear. Time to let the little bird fly from the nest. Flight 1 took me to Washington Dulles Airport where I made it onto the international flight to Roma Fiumicino—slept the entire flight where I was nestled in a ball against the window. I was awoken by the sound of the flight attendant saying “coffee.” Not a bad way to spend an 8-hour flight. Arrived around 8am Rome time (2am Cleveland time). There were no issues getting around the airport, despite the language barrier. Most people in Rome speak English. I was thankful that my luggage was there on time and nothing was broken. The line for customs stretched across the airport, but I got through easily with the stamp of my passport I was on my way. The professors warned us to only take the white taxis as those were the legally certified ones in Rome. They warned us that someone may see that you’re a tourist, come up and grab your luggage and put it in a black taxi, then charge you five times as much. Yeah, no thanks. It was nearly 46 euros from the airport to the John Felice Rome Center, and I didn’t realize at the time that you don’t tip taxi drivers, so I was 55 euros poorer and I had barely just arrived. One thing that varied from America was lack of using credit or debit cards here. Restaurants and taxis expect nearly exact cash. Nonetheless, I walked into the building and was immediately sweating…no air conditioning. This was going to take some getting used to. My roommate, although I didn’t really know her before, is super sweet! We unpacked and met up with other Xavier students and went out to find food. The nearest place to get food was a 15-minute walk…something I would soon find out was a “short” walk compared to the rest of the walking we would be doing. De Tullio Pizza, a Loyola University favorite, would soon be a frequent “quick” bite to eat. One bite and I was in heaven…I can tell I’m going to like it here.
We took some time to get adjusted and met up as a group to go out into the city to explore. Dr. Colella (the philosophy professor who started the Rome program 21 years ago) took us by the Pantheon where we split up for dinner. I got a simple spaghetti al pomodoro…it was amazing. We learned that the best places to eat are roughly 2+ blocks away from the nearest tourist attractions. If the restaurant has pictures of the food, is in English, or if someone comes out to invite you into the restaurant, then avoid those places—they’re tourist traps. Italians eat dinner late—around 8 or 9pm and spend hours enjoying their meal. I ate with the girls who will be in my art class these next 3 weeks. Ready to start classes in the morning!

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