So yesterday was our first day of orientations. It was supposed to start at 9 am... but we got a little lost on our walk to class. What should have taken us about 45 minutes turned in to an hour and a half of wondering that eventually led us to the area of town where many of the foreign embassies are located. We say this nice lady walking our way, so we decided to make our best a speaking Italian and try to ask for direction. Little did we know, we she was the United States Ambassador's wife. She was so sweet, gave us her map, and pointed us in the right direction. Needless to say, we missed the orientation, but oh well. Later that afternoon, we took a walk to visit our friends apartment that is across town and next to the Pantheon. They lucked out and have an awesome location for their new home. We ended up walking for about 5 hours straight yesterday... leaving out feet with blisters galore! Bridget, Carolyn, and I decided to make it a night at home, while the other girls when out to hit up the bars for a good party. Not really my style, so I'll probably be staying in quite a bit.
Today we had another orientation that included a breakfast and the passing out of our keys. We decided to try the tram today, and it was a lot better! I'm definitely taking that from now on... even if it is hot and stinky and full of thieves! I got my package from home today that had all my books and supplies in it, so that was perfect timing to start class tomorrow! After our orientation today, we walked up to the central area of the city where lots of the ancient remains of the old city stand. There is a long shopping district there, and my roommates were on a mission to find H&M, a cheap, but decent eclectic clothing store. It was a long walk, but we finally made it there and back to our apartment a little before dinner time. Everyone but me conked out on their beds for a couple hours... apparently they aren't having troubles sleeping like I am! It looks like it's going to be another night of all the girls drinking and me hanging out on the side! Fun, fun... but I guess that's what you get for standing your ground about your values. Well I hope all is well for everyone back home. Can't wait to update you again. Maybe I'll get some good pictures this weekend, so look for some more soon. Loves.
Tuesday, September 1
Well, we finally made it to Rome Monday late morning. Everyone got their luggage with no problems so it was a success! Our apartment is quite nice, a lot better than we had thought it might be! It's extremely hot here, and I say that as I sit in the living room with sweat running down my face. It's also so noisy here! It's quite annoying actually to have to yell at someone sitting right next to you to even hear what they are saying! We are going to hope that it cools down very quickly so that we can close some of the windows a bit! I've quite homesick right now, not hardly eating or sleeping, so let's hope that goes away fast! I'm trying to think positive about things right now... that's all I can do at this point I guess! Pray for me to feel better because right now, Rome isn't all that I'd hoped! Miss everyone and love you too!