My name is Carolina Luis, I’m 18 years old and I live in Portugal.
Last year, around the month of November, the list of people that were chosen to go to Rome in Erasmus was posted. When I looked to that list I saw my name. Immediately I started crying. This has been my dream since ever and in that moment it came true!
So, after a couple of months of language preparation and lots of meetings, on January 27th to be exact, I got on the plane and left to Italy. But I’m not here alone. We are a group of 20 people from Escola Tecnica Empresarial do Oeste located in Caldas da Rainha. We’re here in a six-week internship under the Erasmus + KA1 program.
After we landed , there were private drivers waiting for us at the airport and then we were driven to the apartments. That first day was used to unpacked, to know the neighborhood and to go grocery shopping. The next day we had lunch for the very first time in an Italian restaurant. We also visited many monuments and beautiful places. We went to the Piazza Di Spagna, that is one of the most famous squares in Rome because of its history and the number of stares it has, 135 to be exact. In the middle of the square is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia. We also visited the most famous fountain in the world, the Fontana Di Trevi. It is well known for granting wishes, but for that, three coins have to be thrown with the right hand over the left shoulder. The last place we saw was the Pantheon. Back then it was a temple, now it is a Catholic church.
In the next day it was finally the time to go to Cesfor and meet everyone. We had a meeting where we discussed all the important aspects, like how we have to be aware of ours surroundings because Rome is a big city and anything can happen. We also talked about each person’s internship and when we were going to the companies. The following three days were used to visit each person’s internship and also to visit the city.
Well, at this point the week is almost over and we got to know a lot, like how to use public transports. The language is definitely a barrier for some of us, but with time and patience everything can be accomplished.
At the end of the week we said goodbye to our teachers that came back to Portugal and we were left all alone in a strange country, with strange people.
But the adventure is not over yet. We have much more things to learn and much more to see!
By Carolina Luis, Portugal