Week 5 – When In Rome

As I write this post, I’m in the middle of having a cold, and I have the wettest of coughs, but I’m powering through to the end of the trip. This is my second to last week in Italy and other than this weekend, it has been fairly uneventful (and this post will be comparably shorter than my other posts because of that). Right now is a serious focus on finals so I haven’t been doing that many activities in Florence. I’ve actually been enjoying all the final projects I’ve been working on lately, especially the one for my Forensic Psychology class. Besides all the traveling and activities I’ve been doing, I’ve also genuinely been enjoying the “study” part of “study abroad”.

Other than that, I’ve been thinking more about going back home and surprisingly, I’ve been feeling more homesick the closer we get to leaving. I’ve made a lot of friends here, but I’ve been really missing my friends back home this week. I’ve also been really missing the crisp AC in my house. So, I’m very excited to get back home and see them, and enjoy that good ol’ ‘Murican AC.

On Friday, I went to the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. After seeing the inside of the Milan Cathedral, seeing inside the Florence one was a little disappointed. This isn’t to say it isn’t beautiful in there, but there isn’t a lot to see in there if you aren’t going through the archeological path.

On Saturday was my big trip to Rome! I wanted to make it a day trip because I wanted to have Sunday free for schoolwork. I was worried about how I was going to manage doing everything I wanted to do in one day, but I managed to do it!

First, I’m going to talk about the fact that I ended up missing my stop on the train! I fell asleep and I woke up as the doors were closing for the stop I was supposed to get off on. I panicked for a good 10 minutes and then realized the next stop was less than 10 minutes away, so I just waited. When I got off, at the wrong stop might I add, I was concerned about how I’d meet up with the rest of my friends, but lo’ and behold: one of my friends also fell asleep on the train and missed the stop to get off on. So together, we forged our way through Rome to get to the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. We eventually did make it there, and it was well worth the struggle, as you will see with some of the pictures below.

While in Rome, I mainly saw the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, but I also saw the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon (unpictured), and the outside of the Collosseum (as I wasn’t too hard-pressed to pay to see the inside). I also saw the restaurant where Fettucine Alfredo was first invented! We unfortunately didn’t get to eat the fettucine there because they were all booked up with reservations until way later that night, and we wouldn’t have been able to make the train back if we waited until then.

Next week is my last week in Italy, so I’m going to do my best to make it count before I finally go home.

Until next time

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