HOW TO GET LOST IN ROMA 101:
- Make sure you don’t speak, read, or understand Italian.
- Get on the wrong bus.
- Make sure to miss your bus many times.
- Wander the streets until you do not know where you are.
- Have limited wifi service.
- Start going home when it is almost dark.
This past week has been an adventure! I arrived in Roma on Wednesday morning and felt a little foggy. However, I didn’t have to deal with jetlag as much as I was expecting. The flights were good, although I tend to get a little motion sick, so the 9+ hour one was a little uncomfortable. My host parents, Chiara and Fabio picked me up from the airport, and I went home to meet the family. Everyone in the family is so so nice. Seriously, SO nice. And L and A (the children) are similar to my brother’s ages.
Thank goodness Kortney came on Friday afternoon! I hadn’t spoken to anyone who spoke native English since I had got here, and my English brain was going nutso. Even Kortney could tell you that I wasn’t able to speak normally…haha. It’s gotten a little better now. Anyhow. Kortney and I decided to meet up in the center of Roma on Saturday, which seemed like a good idea (which it was.). Anyhow, the trouble started right after I left my apartment (bad news.). I was naive enough to think I could get to the center of Roma with no problem. (HAHA) Thank goodness for my host dad, Fabio, who bought some bus tickets for me, and explained to me the basics of riding the bus. Anyhow, I crossed the street when I saw a bus coming down the road. I quickly got on before it could leave. But when the bus went on a different route than my trusty Google Maps had mapped out, I realized that I had been in such a hurry that I, indeed, had gotten on the wrong bus. Panic. I got off when the bus stopped, and everyone-including the driver-got out. To make a way-too-long story short, I ended up making it to Traverse Station to meet up with Kortney after missing many buses and walking for a bit. Kortney and I then spent the rest of the day being lost and eating gelato for breakfast and lunch. Which, of course, was very good. By the time we needed to get home, we were still lost, and it was getting dark. After some time, we both got to our separate apartments safely. Like I said, THANK GOODNESS for Google Maps. It, no kidding, LITERALLY saved us. I don’t think either of us have been as lost as we were that day. And, while I’m sure we’ll end up being lost again multiple times, I sure hope it’s not as bad as that day.
On a good note, Roma is absolutely beautiful. On one of my first days here, Chiara and Fabio took me in their car to tour some of Roma at night. And it was absolutely beautiful.
Enjoying a Lemon and Strawberry gelato with crema on top. SO GOOD.
THANK GOODNESS for Kortney.
And so, this is how my first week in Roma went.