I had the most amazing first day off in Rome yesterday. After working six days in a row, minimum 9 hours a day, I definitely needed a break. I woke up so excited to finally get to explore my new home. The evening before, I had made plans with Henri, who is from my school and also doing an internship here, to go to the city and explore. My Italian flatmates, Carlotta and Annarita, decided to also join, so we all took the bus to Trastevere. This part of the city is so far my absolute favorite one. It took us forever to get there, because the busses here kind of go as they please and we had to wait one hour for the second one.
After sitting down in the shadow for a nice lunch, we just walked around in the city. I can't get over how many beautiful building there is everywhere you look. I could just walk for hours and hours and hours. Eventually we ended by San Pietro and the Vatican. Absolutely stunning. I can't get over the fact that this is actually my home for the next half year. I've struggled a bit this first week - work is very heavy, the days are long and everything has been a little overwhelming. But getting in to the city reminded me why I'm here and what an amazing opportunity to explore and learn this is. Knowing how amazing the days off from work can be, I will definitely be a bit more motivated next week. In the evening we went for drinks at a bar with a view over the whole city and it was completely breathtaking. Couldn't have asked for a better first day off in Rome.