Ciao, it’s me again.
At this point, we are half way through the mobility. It’s crazy to think about that. I remember getting on the plane like it was just yesterday. The time is passing so fast…
I think right now, after three weeks in, I can say that we all miss our families and friends more than ever. It’s getting harder every day, but that is completely normal, in my opinion. The best part is that we have each other!
Well, this week was a little harder to go by. Some of us (me included) felt a little sick, which is normal given the circumstances, but that made it difficult to fully enjoy the work we’re doing. But we are strong and no flue puts us down!
At the end of the week, we were a bit exhausted, but still ready to celebrate. What I mean by this is that on Monday and Wednesday two girls from the group, Patricia and Nadia, celebrated their birthday, but because it was on a week day, we decided to combine their birthdays and celebrate both on Friday night. We had a restaurant already determined, but when we got there we discovered that it was a take away type of restaurant. But that didn’t stop us! We walked around until we found a good looking and not expensive one. I dare to say that that was the best pizza I’ve eaten so far in Rome!
Saturday arrived and it was time to rest. In our apartment, we stayed at home all day resting, at least physically, because the work is never over, mainly the school work. It was a chill day and it was perfect for me because I was able to recover a little bit from my sickness. Because we are all in contact with each other, I know that while some of us were at home, the others were out exploring and that is amazing, because it’s not every day that we have the opportunity to live in a different country and know a different culture.
On Sunday, once again, with tons of work to do, a few stayed at home while others were walking around the city. Myself, Bruna and Daniela decided to finally leave the house and take the bus. Because it was a rainy day, we had to change our plans, but that wasn’t a problem. In that day we went to the Hard Rock Café Rome that takes place in Barberini. It is the ultimate spot for people to watch a quintessential part of Roman culture and to listen to wonderful music in the background. After that, we went to the Piazza del Popolo. For centuries, it was a place for public executions, and now it’s just a large urban square full of history that people don’t know. We walked by the Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore which is the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome and took some pictures just to memorize the moment. While we were walking we found an American Store and of course we got in. I was so overwhelmed because it is one on my many dreams to go there and to be able to taste some of their food is just incredible.
Later in the afternoon and after walking so much, we decided it was time to go home. It was an amazing weekend because we not only rested, which is a very important part for our health, but we also explored new places and learned new things.
So far, this has been amazing, at least for me. I saw a lot of places already that I have never thought of seeing. The Italian language has its own sparkle in a conversation. For me, it’s a little hard to understand Italian sometimes, but when it’s spoken slowly, it is easy to catch up.
When I walk in the streets, I can feel like I belong because everyone is different. I met so many distinct people. I’ve seen people from Portugal, Brazil, Ukraine, Spain, France, Africa, China, UK….. I’ve seen people from all over the world. I’ve heard so many different languages and it’s only my third week in Italy. I feel overwhelmed with this kind of things. Every time you think about the world, it becomes smaller. In every corner there’s a different culture, a different language, a different person and that is remarkable!
Because we are half way through the end, it makes me feel that I still have so much to see and so little time, but I have to think that is not over yet. We still have three weeks ahead of us!
By Carolina Luis, Portugal