10 things I’ve learned…

… during my first month in Rome

  1. The pasta and pizza in Italy are the best I’ve ever had. Sorry Barilla, handmade beats boxed any day.

2. Everything is much slower in Europe, which isn’t a bad thing. Unlike in America you have to ask for the check and the time between you asking for it and it getting to your table can take an eternity.

3. Cigarettes and coffee are a way of life here. Cigarette butts litter the cobblestones and espresso runs in the veins of every Italian.

4. Don’t be afraid to get lost! I’ve gotten lost a few times, but that’s when I find places that I wouldn’t otherwise have found!

5. Get that gelato! On my way back from class I pass at least 4 gelato places and they call my name each time. Most of the time I resist, but sometimes it’s just too hard not to! It’s only 2 euros. Is there much more I could ask for?

6. I’m a lot stronger, mentally and emotionally, than I thought I was. Moving to a new country for 4 months is a major change that I didn’t fully appreciate before I got here, but a rough first couple of weeks showed me that I can now take anything that living abroad throws at me.

7. Don’t take things for granted. I’ve now realized that I really take seeing my friends and family back at home everyday for granted. I’m so lucky to have great friends that make college awesome and am very lucky to have a family that is with me every step of the way.

8. Everyone is different. I’ve always known this, but I am seeing it in action. I’ve met people from all over the country and world and everyone has their own story.

9. Don’t let the little things bother you. Things happen that you can’t control and if you let them bother you you won’t be as happy as you should be.

10. Also, don’t let others ruin your experience. I’ve learned that everyone wants something different out of their time abroad and that’s ok. Just stay true to what you want to do and don’t let anyone get in the way of that. This is your experience, and no one else’s.

XOXO

Maryrome

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