So in my head I had this thought that when I moved to Rome, I would start writing here daily again. Because I thought, I will have so much to tell you guys and so many new experiences to talk about. The truth? Right now sleeping and working is pretty much all I do. I work 9-10 hours a day, and with the job being quite physical and out in the burning sun 99% of the time, I am completely exhausted after a workday. I come home, hang out with the girls in my apartment and guys from the staff house next to us, have a coffee together and then go to sleep. Get up, work and repeat. I think that once I get a bit more settled and used to the work, hopefully I will have more energy to do things in the evenings. And to go out and explore on my days off. I do have a lot to share about how I'm feeling about this internship so far, culture clashes and how different living in Italy is, compared to what I thought it would be. But right now, I am just too tired to focus on what I'm writing. So bare with me guys, I just need to get a bit more settled before I can give this little corner of the internet the energy it deserves. For now, I will say good night! And if you have any questions about the internship/living in Italy/whatever - as always, feel free to ask!
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.
Today when me and some friends from work went to Trastevere, we decided to sit down at Grazia & Graziella for a lunch in the shadow. Definitely a great decision. I had an amazing homemade pasta with cheese and pepper. It was super yummy and a great first proper Italian meal since I moved here. A Spritz on the side was so good as well, I've been serving hundreds of them by the pool side this past week and was overly excited to finally have one myself. Anyways, great place to sit down for lunch, super pretty surroundings, nice atmosphere and friendly staff.