So Friday was our first official day of studio class, and luckily it only lasted an hour! We just had a quick overview of what all our classes are going to entail this semester. After a relaxing afternoon, all of the graphic design students over here... around 20 of us... all headed out to find the famous Spanish Steps once the sun went down. These are the steps where Julius Cesar was stabbed around 30 times and left to bleed to death. They are very popular to visit at night, as they were completely packed with people. Everyone sits on the steps, looks at the water fountain below, and drinks their bottles of wine. It was a fun night, but an extremely long walk there! I'm going to really have to get used to all this walking!
Saturday was a roommate of mine's birthday. She wanted to go to the beach, so that's exactly what we did! It was a long trek there, but after a 45 minute walk, a 10 minute train one way, a 30 minute train another way, and a 10 minute bus ride, we finally made it to Lido di Osti beach. It was right on the Mediterranean Sea and it was gorgeous! It was an absolutely perfect day outside, just the right temp with a little breeze every now and then. The water was a beautiful clear blue and the perfect temp for swimming! We had fun trying to find seashells to bring home, which was actually really hard! Also, we learned that most Europeans are very proud of their body... no matter what size or shape it may be! We'll just say that there were a lot of ladies who forgot the wear their tops! We all came home with the perfect kiss of sun on our skin, cleaned up, and went for dinner to continue the all day birthday celebration. We ate at a nice little resturant on a cobblestone sidewalk. It was the picture perfect Italian resturant... iron chairs, large stone pots with tapestries, and single light bulbs strung from a rope that was tied from one tree to another. The nights here have cooled down drastically since we first arrived, at about 70 degrees and breezy, making our dinner outside very peaceful. We were a little disappointed in the food, as we all came home still hungry and broke, but we'll just say that it was a learning experience!
Sunday started with a nice morning of sleeping in... well more like laying in bed until 10:30 listening to cars, vespas, trams, buses, and ambulences fly by on the main road right outside my bedroom window! When Bridget and I finally got up and around, we set out to accomplish our first assignment for the start of a class project. It was the daunting task to do a scavenger hunt all around the city of Rome. Now, that may not seem to bad, but Rome is HUGE! We were given a list of 8 well known places in the city and we were to find each of them and take our picture there to prove we had done so. So at 11:30 we set out with our camera, a map, and our tennis shoes on with hopes to accomplish this task in record time! We walked and walked and walked! At one point, we were over 2 1/2 hours away from our apartment! By the time we finally made it home, it was after 4:00, but our mission had been accomplished! We were both completely exhausted, sweat completely through everything, and starving! After a quick snack and some much needed water, we both conked out for about an hour! We decided to make it a nice night in to catch up on emails, get organized, do laundry, and just relax! I really think that I've walked more in the last 10 days then I have in all of 2009!
Well, I'm off to bed now, as it's 1:33am here. I'll try my best to get more pics up in the morning. Also, I'll take picture of my apartment here so you can check out how lucky we got with our place... it's pretty nice compared to some of the other students! I really need to be thankful because I'm so blessed! Love and miss everyone!