It’s been a bit since I wrote a coffee chat, huh?
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What are coffee chats? I don’t write much about what I’m up to on the blog because I’m so focused on writing awesome content for you guys-but here’s where I break the rules. Coffee chats are just for me to fill you in on what’s going on in my life, just like we are catching up over coffee.
I’m ready with my cup (this time a scoop of coffee flavored gelato) do you have yours?
So what’s new with me? I just moved to Rome for 3 months! During this time, I’ll probably use these chats more like a travel journal to keep everyone back at home up to date with what I’m doing, and include some cool photos for you all as well. Sound like a plan, Stan?
Where to start? I guess I first need to say that I love it here. It’s amazingly beautiful, and just being here makes me feel lucky and grateful about every 30 seconds.
The food is great. (When I’m not on campus, that is.) On campus, we have a bar called Rinaldo’s that serves cornetti and coffee, as well as panini’s and pizza. That food is good, but we have to use our money to get stuff there. Mensa, on the other hand, is our dining hall and is by far the worst food I’ve ever had in my life. That’s okay, though, because that just pushes us more to go adventure into the city to find good food.
Here’s a photo from our first Italian meal on our own, we even ordered in Italian! I got pizza al prosciutto, and after dinner we went and got gelato. #alldayeveryday
We’ve visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and downtown Rome.
The view from my dorm!
And this weekend we took a trip to the region of Umbria, where we visited Spoleto, and Todi. We learned how to make pasta, olive oil, and wine, and visited a ton of cool places in these medieval cities.
And that’s all I have right now. I’m happy, healthy, and unbelievably astounded that this is my life right now. I’m living in a building with 200 other like-minded people, all with a severe case of wanderlust. We have no air conditioning, which gets ROUGH on the upper 90’s days, but I can’t stop smiling. I haven’t had to do my hair in 2 weeks because the humidity is my hairdresser. I wore PANTS the other day when it was 78 degrees and I wasn’t hot because I’ve acclimated to the climate.
I walk everywhere. I’m going to have IRON CALVES by the end of this.
I live in Rome.
And the craziest thing that I never would have thought?
I’m not just surviving. I’m thriving.