Monthly Archives: April 2013

I Wish I Remembered to Pack…


There are a million different packing lists floating around the Internet for study abroad students. They list the ideal number of shirts, pants, comfortable walking shoes, etc. that everyone should have. I read over a bunch and felt pretty confident in my final suitcase contents before I arrived in Rome. That being said, there were a few items I never even thought of, and a few I should have left behind. My mom is the queen of thinking ahead so I was actually pretty set for most of these items on the first list, but a lot of my friends wish they had thought of including them as well. After months of living in Rome, here’s the list of quirky and random items that make the dolce vita even sweeter, and the list of ones that just take up space.


  1. Swiss Army Knife. No joke, this was SO convenient throughout the semester. My mom gave me one for Christmas (…she’s the queen, remember) and I tried to resist packing it. Thank you Mama, you saved me a whole lot of grief. That time we lost our bottle opener? Have no fear; my Swiss army knife was there! Scissors? Check. Tweezers? Check. When I needed a screwdriver to fix my loose sunglasses? Check. Really, we used it almost everyday. Plus, it’s so small; you won’t feel like you’re wasting any space.
  2. Detergent. I would highly suggest that you buy little individual packages for the washing machines in the residence. You can also wait and buy a bottle when you get here, but beware. “Candeggina” means bleach and is used in a lot of detergent over here. A large number of my favorite pieces of clothing found this out firsthand. HUGE BUMMER. The little packages are easy to pack and definitely worth it. I missed the way my detergent smelled, too. It’s always the little things!
  3. Toothpaste and Face Wash. Toothpaste and face wash are the only toiletries I was happy I brought with me from the States. I really like the way this one specific brand of toothpaste tastes and was majorly bummed when I couldn’t find it over here. If you like a specific product, bring it along. Shampoo and conditioner were easy to find, they have major brands like Herbal Essences and Garnier. If you’re picky about something, pack it! It’s fun to try new products, but it can be frustrating if you realize you don’t like anything over here. Major brands of body wash, tampons, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, hair care, and lotions can all be found in the grocery store! Don’t waste the space in your luggage!
  4. Nail polish and Remover. I am a manicure junkie back home and was alarmed thinking about what I would do in Rome. I got one manicure while abroad and it was horrible. My nails actually looked like a very confused five year old painted them. I’m sure there are lovely salons out there that do a great job, but I wasn’t about to waste other ten-euro to find out. I am so happy my roommate and I packed nail polish and nail polish remover. Between the two of use we had five colors that kept us happy all semester. I would strongly encourage you to do the same; polish is expensive over here and I’ve never seen a great selection of colors!IMG_2323
  5. An extra phone charger / chord. Having an extra chord to bring on weekend trips or to keep in your book bag is just super convenient. The same goes for headphones.Photo on 3-24-13 at 6.41 PM
  6. Medicine. I was so happy to have Advil, Pepto, Nyquil, and decongestant with me!


    sometimes you just need advil.

Leave it behind:

  1. Curling iron, flat iron, blow drier, etc. Just buy them here, please. They all blow up even if you bring a converter. It’s worth investing the money in an Italian one with your roommates once you arrive. You can find them in any of the little shops lining the streets near the residence as well!


    it’ll work just as well as your one back home

  2. Any clothing you don’t love. I still question why I packed about ten different articles of clothing that are sitting in the bottom drawer of my dresser. I needed more t-shirts and tank tops, less sweaters and jeans.


    You’ll end up buying souvenir shirts anyway!

  3. Shoes that you might be debating whether to bring or not. I packed a pair of heels that were way too summery for the cold weather of January through April. They took up a bunch of room and weren’t worth it. Shoes can be found at extremely affordable prices here!


    the shoes don’t work.

The bottom line is if you forget something, it can always be shipped or replaced! Be smart with what you pack and try to think of things you’ll need in the long run. Remember to pack for the weather and don’t panic! Packing is the most stressful part but you only have to do it once!

How To Procrastinate On Your Italian Final


Let me tell you something that you probably already knew without even having to spend three seconds with me: I am not exactly the concentrating type. As anybody who has attempted to talk to me while a puppy is in the near vicinity can attest to, I have a terrible attention spam. Goldfish are practically Buddhist monks compared to me. I prefer to think this makes me quirky, like Zooey Deschanel, as opposed to annoying spawn of Mephistopheles like any “quirky” girl in real life.

Because of this, finals season is always a nightmare situation. A whole week dedicated to exams that will probably add up to about half my grade combined with the fact that it’s approximately five days until I leave Rome (GAH!) is basically a recipe for stress. I’m not saying I have killed anyone in the past three days of studying… but I’m not saying I haven’t.

One positive thing is, I have gotten very good at creative studying. Jeopardy, wheel of fortune, fire-juggling… anything not to sit down and actually read the material. Since my next final is Italian, one of my favorite ways to absorb information has been to just watch a copious amount of foreign films. Film majors will rant about the educational merits of movies, how they help us understand the way people lived and worked in a certain time, and the memorization benefits of watching a story instead of reading about it, but let’s be honest… the real appeal is the following: they’re on a screen, Italians don’t know the meaning of subtitles, and everyone’s hot. It’s a win-win for anybody trying to learn Italian without ever actually cracking open a dictionary.

So , I present you with a list of Italian films that will not only enhance your language skills but actually probably make you cry, either from the flawless cinematography or from frustration at the fact that you actually can’t even understand a single sentence. And for those reading this blog from the states,  you can get a little taste of Rome through America’s favorite method of transportation: the television.

1. La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful)

IMDB Synopsis: A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

My Synopsis: Let me tell you how much I love this movie. Nevermind, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH SPACE IN THIS BLOG. Suffice it to say, this movie will have you rolling around the floor with laughter one moment, and moaning in despair like a beluga whale the next. Roberto Benigni is a national treasure, and the way the character turns the horrors of Auschwitz into a game in order to cheer up his son is practically saint-like. Cries all over the place.

La Cena (The Dinner)

IMDB Synopsis: An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in — large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single — to dine, converse, argue, celebrate, make confessions; to overhear other people’s discussions, to interrupt them, to sing, listen to music, and enjoy life.

My Synopsis: This movie is basically what would happen if you put a camera inside your local neighborhood Bucca, except the analogy is wrong and any respectable Italian osteria owner would probably kill me for saying that. The camera follows six interwoven stories, from a married professor on a date with his philosophy student, to a woman whose daughter wants to be a nun (to the well-endowed mother’s chagrin), to a family of Asian tourists who photograph everything. It’s an awesome look into Italian personality, even though nobody wears puffer jackets in this film.

The Bicycle Thieves

IMDB Synopsis: A man and his son search for a stolen bicycle vital for his job.

My Synopsis: Fine, so I actually haven’t seen this yet, but I will because oh snap, this is some ACCLAIMED STUFF. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but my best guess is that someone stole a hipster bike messenger’s bike and he needs to get it back. Plus, the guy’s super attractive. AND you can watch the whole thing on YouTube in parts. Done.

La Corruzione (Corruption)

IMDB Synopsis: “Stop quoting things that the internet does not say about these movies Magali”

My Synopsis: This is where I get to brag about how cultured I am. La Corruzione is such an obscure film that not even IMDB has a synopsis for it. It’s a 60s black-and-white movie about a kid who wants to go into the seminary, so his bigshot father tries to tempt him with his secretary so he’ll take up his publishing business instead (what is up with all these Italians not wanting their kids to go religious? It’s like a running theme or something. I though they liked the Vatican). It’s super existentialist and everyone’s mod dresses and eye makeup will make you want to punch the nearest cat in the face. Best part is, you can also watch the whole thing on YouTube.

Just Another Day in Roma


Picture this: it’s the last weekend in Rome. You have about ten pounds of laundry to do, a research paper on the fall of the Italian liberal state, and no less than five finals to cram for, al due in the next three days. How do you deal with the stress?

You accidentally stumble upon an entire platoon of Roman gladiators while reading your Mythology textbook. CAN I GET A “WHEN IN ROME” Y’ALL?!?!

Yeah, I hate myself too sometimes.

Anyway, with the whole city celebrating it’s 2,766th anniversary, the annual parade in honor of the founding of Rome made its way around the Colosseum and the Aurelian wall this past Sunday. And it. Was. Awesome. Seriously, this was no dinky 4th of July parade, y’all. Representing all the social groups within the Roman empire, including the Vestal virgins, the gladiators, and even the Germanic tribes, the people of Rome BROUGHT IT. I could go on, but I’m lazy and they say a picture’s worth a thousand words, so I’m just going to turn photojournalist for a day and show, not tell. Get ready for gladiators, crazy ancient drapery, and plenty of Game of Thrones lookalikes. And I thought my 21st birthday was a big deal.


The original hunger games

The mother of all mullets


Winter is coming… lol jk it’s spring and we’re shirtless.

Fierce, fast, fabulous

Why is Jeremy Renner in this parade? GET OUT.

Then at one point some idiot with a car accidentally drove through the parade. To your left you see a common feature: Italian pedestrians screaming at inanimate objects on wheels.

“Don’t look at me”

This could either look really adorable or really terrifying

Apollo’s homiez

I don’t even know what this is okay.

A Happy Birthday Roma Playlist


Finals? WHAT FINALS?!?!?!?

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Partly because I know how much everyone loves this time of year and mostly because I want to procrastinate on my Italian final (KILL ME), I’ve decided to compile this week’s playlist consisting entirely of Italian songs in the hopes that I will develop the ability for fluency through osmosis. Maybe if I blast Pavarotti enough times I’ll actually know how to conjugate subjunctive verbs? And perhaps if I listen to “Viva Garibaldi” I will have actually understood the entire Risorgimento revolution? PLEASE?

Appropriately enough, this weekend marks the 2,766th birthday of the founding of Rome. In that vein, I present you with this week’s pickings. From opera to europop, and from jazz to film scores: here are ten of the best songs to dance, cry, and sing off-key to while you pop some champagne (because you’re legal here, whoo-hoo) and toast Rommulus and Remus.

Those gosh darned Italians. They don’t look a day over 2,765.


Listen to the playlist in full HERE and don’t forget to check back next week for more music!



In Via Veneto- La Dolce Vita

Bella Ciao- Yves Montand

Via Con Me- Paolo Conte

Ave Maria- Luciano Pavarotti

Hello!- Cesare Cremonini ft. Malika Ayane

Studentessa Universitaria– Simone Cristicchi

Guarda Che Luna- Fred Buscaglione

The Godfather Waltz- Nino Rota, The Godfather Original Soundtrack

E Lucevan Le Stele- Placido Domingo

La Vita E Bella-  La Vita e Bella: Original Soundtrack

A Little Advice


With only two weeks of Temple Rome Spring 2013 left, I’ve decided to start offering up some of the wisdom I’ve acquired. If you’re reading this as a future study abroadee, I hope these next few posts help out! This week, we’ll cover the most daunting topic of all: what to wear.


You might be feeling overwhelmed!

I spent so much time stressing out over what to wear while living in Rome. If I had a euro for every time someone said, “Oh, you can’t wear ______ in Rome”, I would have had enough money to buy an entire new wardrobe.

Sneakers, leggings, t-shirts, distressed clothing, hoodies. If you mentioned any of these, someone would immediately shoot them down as “un-roman” or too American.  My best piece of advice when it comes to packing clothing is: IGNORE THOSE PEOPLE COMPLETELY. Wear whatever you like to wear and do it confidently. Rome is not a homogeneous society of clones… You will see a hundred different styles that reflect the thousands of different personalities you’ll experience while abroad. Would I walk around in sweatpants, an oversized hoodie, and flip-flops at the same time? No… but I wouldn’t do that anywhere besides my own house regardless of what country I’m in. But if you dig that look, by all means go for it. (Please don’t)

Major Myths, Clothing Edition:



Sneakers are the most worn shoes in Italy. I wore my converse pretty much everyday and I was not alone. I’ve seen more girls (and guys) with my same white converse in Europe than I did back home in Philadelphia! If you love sneakers you will have a field day looking at the killer pairs people rock over here- and that you’ll have a chance to buy! I even bought my first pair of pumped up kicks in Rome! Heels + sneakers = gold.


If I didn’t have my chucks on, I wore heeled black boots. These were my go-to shoes for pubs and clubs all over Europe and are featured in most of the photos below. The heel should be thick enough to handle the many streets of cobblestone you’ll be traipsing along. Wedges are a great bet, too! Not everyone wears heels so if you’re not usually one to add extra inches, you’ll be fine in flats. I still support the investment of a killer pair of ankle boots though.

Uggs are really popular over here as well, but mostly with young girls. I left mine at home and never regretted it. If you’re super attached to yours, pack ‘em. Boots in general are very popular, but don’t buy into the idea that you’ll be the only person not rocking riding boots.

Only Americans wear leggings:


Granted, this was a holiday.

Uh, yeah okay. Leggings are everywhere. Yes, if you wear a sheer pair of leggings that expose your zebra thong, people will gawk at you. But that’s going to happen in the US, too. Leggings and tunics or dresses are everywhere over here. Let me clarify though: leggings and tights are two different things. Don’t be a victim of ignorance.



I would suggest bringing a scarf if you’re really interested in trying to fit in flawlessly; it is the one consistent staple of Roman style.


Leather jackets are huge as well; any kind of trendy jacket is actually. If you don’t have one, you will by the end of the semester. No one can resist buying leather in Florence.

The shopping is fantastic by the way. Plan on leaving room in your suitcase to bring new clothing back, or else plan on having a whole lot of self-control.

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I like black and she likes colors, both work!

Wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident. You’re going to be over here for four months- that’s a long time to feel awkward if you aren’t dressing like yourself. Don’t stress about what to pack when it comes to clothing. I packed my favorite things and easily found those I overlooked! Luckily, I’ve been snapping selfies and candids of what we’ve been wearing these last four months.

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Get In the Car, We Can Leave Today.


When we proposed renting a car and driving down the coast of Italy, absolutely no one told us it was a good idea. Actually, most people entirely discouraged it: Italian roads are insane, parking would be impossible, I’m a terrible driver, we would get lost… but that just raised this question: is it really so bad being lost in paradise?


After calling and visiting around seven different rental agencies, Brian finally found Europcar. Not only were they willing to rent a car to four 21-year-old Americans, they also had a fuel efficient, automatic model available exactly when we wanted it. Two days later, after Joe declaring there was a 99% chance we wouldn’t find a car, we were picking up our white VW Polo and driving for the first time since January. Brian took the first leg (and the next six) of the thirteen plus hour drive to our final destination of Sicily. The four of us might be crazy, but that hasn’t proved to be a bad thing yet.

We decided to stop in Naples to indulge in some of the famous pizza at Da Michele. They’ve had the same recipe for over 130 years and only offer two options: margherita or marinara. Google confirms it’s been a contender for “Best Pizza in the World” for almost equally as long. Even with the delicious pizza, I have to say Naples is one scary little sketch of a city. I wanted to leave before we even got out of the car. The pizza was pretty bomb though and definitely worth the stop.

Next up came our first overnight stop in Sorrento. This was my first experience with the Italian coast and even at night, it was breathtaking. We managed to find the nicest hostel I have ever stayed in and landed a huge room last minute. One of our best decisions was forgoing a plan completely. We walked down to the shore where I put my toes in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time! The water was so clear but still pretty cold. We found a dock and spent the night overlooking the lights of the city across from us. We took the scenic route home and ended up walking through a labyrinth of walls and pretty stonework. Brandon and Brian succeeded in hiding behind one turn and scaring the life out of Casey and me. They’re really nice guys.

We woke up way too early (9:30am…) and began our drive to Positano, a small cliff town on the coast of Amalfi. The road was right along the twists and turns of the cliffs and the views were INCREDIBLE. It constantly felt like we were driving straight into the clouds. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this blew me away. We stopped for a walk through the town and along the water before getting a seafood lunch at a restaurant that was way too nice for us (gotta love the off season). We couldn’t help mentioning again and again how insanely fun this all was. Brandon’s quote of the trip ensued while we overlooked the town below us, “’Rent a car’, we said. ‘Crazy’, they said”. NAILED IT. I wanna go crazy for the rest of my life.

Brian continued to be the solo driver on our way down and deserves major props for putting up with Brandon, Casey, and me as passengers. It was a rowdy ride and included more than few interesting moments we’ll just skip over. The radio stations were absolutely horrible so we succumbed to buying an actual CD from a rest stop called, “Festival Bar 2007”. It featured Mika, Gwen Stefani, and a whole bunch of European artists we’d never heard before- definitely worth the six-euro price tag.

We took a very quick ferry over to Sicily Friday evening and ended up staying the night in Messina at “Paradis Hotel”. I think we were actually the only people staying in the hotel. It was an older place right along the water and could have easily passed for a replica of “Tower of Terror” in Disney World. Casey and I skipped the elevators. We were starving and super lucky to find a pizza place still open down the block. The Quattro Formaggi was fantastic… I think I’d give my vote to them over Da Michele!

Saturday morning brought another early start and an on the go breakfast of Reese’s Pieces and juice boxes. We drove through the nine million tunnels that make up the highways between Messina and Palermo, arriving around 1pm. We stayed at another sweet hotel that let us pay for a triple room and squeeze in four people! We put on our bathing suits, bought vino from a street vendor, and took a taxi to Mondello Beach.

The weather on Saturday, and the entire trip for that matter, was blissfully warm and clear. This beach is PERFECT. We spent the entire afternoon messing around on the sand and running around in sea that was much too cold. (Note the wine for justification.) Naturally, Casey managed to drag everyone down into the waves.

Later on we decided to venture into town and were suddenly less enthused about being soaking wet. It was still an absolute riot of a walkthrough and Brandon haggled me some two-euro sunglasses that I will probably never wear again, but absolutely love. Brandon played Dad perfectly this weekend; he is full of useful information and Dad-isms that are always necessary on a road trip.

We headed back completely knackered after dinner in restaurant along the marina. I had mussels and clams with risotto; this whole rejecting my vegetarianism is proving to be delicious. The hotel had a rooftop deck fourteen floors up that gave us a killer view. The weather was still warm and we spent an hour hanging out under perfect hues of blue. Some days end too soon.


Sunday morning marked the start of my turn as driver! Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife, hide yo’ husband, because they let me drive in Europe. I guess when you spend enough time driving with my sister Katie, the fastest driver I know- you get desensitized to things like speed suggestions. Everyone handled it pretty well except for Brandon. Sorry, Daddy B. We stopped at a rest stop and found another CD to switch out our 2007 jams that turned out to be awesome. Go listen to Pompeii by Bastille, now. We ended up making it home around 9pm Sunday night and I have to take credit for shaving off a bit of time with my clutch driving. Including the ferry and minimal stops along the way, the whole day consisted of about ten hours of driving between Brian and me.

It’s crazy to think our time in Italy is dwindling down to final weekends and end of the semester trips. I can’t get over how lucky we are to have these kinds of moments, or how lucky we are to lead these kinds of lives. How many people have such a collection of perfect memories? This weekend proves one thing: if you’re hesitating, get in the car and leave today.

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Lazy Suday Playlist


This week’s playlist comes a little late- but just in time for the end of a beautiful weekend. It’s been gorgeous and sunny and let’s be honest- considering the bipolar character this entire city is known for, we’re not really sure how much longer that’s gonna last. For now though, enjoy our sunny Roma soundtrack, and let it inspire you to wander out of your cave for a change and enjoy the sunshine.

Listen to the playlist in full here and remember to check back next week for more music from the eternal city!


Puedes Contar Conmigo– La Oreja de Van Gogh

Caught By Surprise- The Postelles

You Come Down- Marika Hackman

Volare- Dom Modugno

La Valse Des Monstres- Yann Tiersen

La Noyee- Serge Gainsbourg

Sea Fog- Keane

Vivo Per Lei– Andrea Bocelli & Giorgia

Suite Bergamasque: Claire de Lune- Debussy

5 Reasons Why I Want To Be Buried At The Villa Borghese


Forgive the morbid title, but in this case it seems appropriate, since the sooner my departure time approaches the more I’m contemplating suicide. Rome is so beautiful that it’s hard to believe I’ll be expected to just function normally again in Philly, where the closest thing to gelato is Rita’s, and eating a rotisserie chicken in the El is the norm. One of the sights I’ll be the most sad to let go of is the Villa Borghese, a used-to-be-the-summer-estate-of-the-pope-turned-Elysium-Fields. It’s a favorite spot for families and students to hang out and lay out amongst the flowers after a stressful day of conjugating Italian verbs. The estate is rivaled only by Versailles in its immensity, and it houses the famous Galleria Borghese, home to minor, unimportant works like Caravaggio’s “Boy With A Basket of Fruit” and all of Bernini’s oeuvre.

No big.

Basically, it’s my dream home. And I don’t really see why I should be denied the right to live there. Even if my email keeps sending me reminders that my flight leaving Rome is approximately 2 weeks away. So just in case anything should for whatever reason deter the passage of my body from continent to continent, this is my proposal as to why my tomb should be laid in the Villa Borghese.

1. You can rent various methods of transportation.

There is no greater rush of adrenaline than riding a single-wheel vehicle in a crowded park where opportunities for running over children are so abundant. It even makes up for the fact that such activities demand exercise, which I am highly against at all times.  But  when the options include segways or sullys (sulleys? Sullays? Whatever) you can most definitely count me in.

2. You can buy a balloon.

The only price is your dignity.

3. There’s a zoo.

A ZOO. As in, animals that are not tourists. As in, monkeys, lizards, elephants, and GIRAFFES. As in GOOD LUCK EVERY SEEING ME AGAIN MY PEOPLE ARE CALLING ME (but not the giraffes. Obviously).

4. You have pretty much the best view in all of Rome.

Not sure how this factors in if I’m just going to be underground the whole time but REGARDLESS. Look at this place!

5. Spring’s finally here and with all the green and flowers and… nature, pollen’s all over the place so I actually might just die here anyway- convencience!

Spring is finally here!!


So ever since we all got back from spring break, there has been hints here and there that spring is finally arriving. In this post, I figured I would share some of the gorgeous spring views that Rome has to offer as well as class activities we did this week.

IMG_5852Last Friday I noticed that the weather was supposed to be blue sky and around 65 degrees, so I planned my day out so that I could spend the afternoon in Villa Borghese (a huge park near the Temple building). As you can see the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and added a complimentary pop of color here and there. Also, along with me, it seemed as though everyone had the same idea and was having their own little picnic on the grass!

IMG_5863_1The day was just so beautiful I had to include more pictures of spring’s big appearance in Rome. Also, in the background of this photo is the typical Roman tree that has needles like a pine tree, except they are all at the top like a mushroom. The best part is that these trees are green year round so even in the dead of winter when we arrived, there was still green around us.

IMG_6048I also took the chance that beautiful day to fulfill my photography assignment of taking self-portraits. This was such a hard and awkward assignment because you would have to set the camera up on something and hit a timer before quickly running into the shot. On top of that, because it’s Rome, people are everywhere and I’m pretty sure I must have looked pretty funny completing this assignment!

IMG_6151The beautiful view in the background of the last photo was actually right in front of this favorite spot that I found with Dana the previous week. The grass grew up even higher than the last time I was here, and it added to the secluded ancient feel that I enjoyed so much.

IMG_6153So I decided to claim my spot here and read for the next hour just soaking up the sun and enjoying the beautiful view of the city that was displayed out in front of me, off in the distance.

IMG_6160For sketchbook class this week we met up outside of the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Here we sketched the mini piazza outside of the church that included the elephant obelisk with the Pantheon peaking though the buildings in the background.

IMG_6163Inside the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva we had the chance to do some more sketches of the arching structure. This church was particularly beautiful and unique because of the blue interior matched with gold detailing.

IMG_6167The next task assigned by our sketchbook teacher was to draw the statue displayed in front of us all. Even though it was a quick 15-minute sketch we were all relieved that there were benches around to sit in while drawing.

IMG_6238Later this week, for my photography class we met up at the Trevi Fountain. Since it was 9am it was a rare moment that we actually weren’t surrounded by crowds of people. We took advantage of this time by sitting on the wall and looking off into the great beauty, which is that of the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately, it wasn’t even 15 minutes before the crowds began to form. Regardless, I most certainly felt blessed that I had these few quiet moments!

IMG_6360The assignment given by our photography teacher was to search around the Trevi Fountain for reflection pictures that included the structure as well as the crowds. In a store window surrounding the fountain I found this neat little reflection that I think portrayed it all.

IMG_6375Last but not least, our photography teacher took us to a museum right next to the Capitoline building. Up on one of the upper levels there was a balcony that we chilled on and got the opportunity to take pictures of the amazing view that unfolded in front of us.

Thursday Playlist: Part Due


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It’s that time of the week again! As you may be aware from last week’s post, every Thursday until the end of April we are releasing a playlist that sums up our experiences in Rome so far. Either through the lyrics, the guitar riffs, or the general awesome feeling of being in a movie a song gives us, it’s another way of accepting the fact that in three weeks Roma and I will no longer be one. As usual, some are in English, some in pig latin, but all ultimately awesome. This week features music by Phoenix, Of Monsters and Men, and the guys from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It’ll make sense, I promise. Stay with me.

Check out the playlist in full here, and remember to check back next Thursday for even more music!


Entertainment- Phoenix

Do You Remember the First Time?- Pulp

Mondo- Cesare Cremonini

Con Te Partiro– Andrea Bocelli

On an Evening in Roma- Dean Martin

Bang Bang- Dalida

C’est Comme Ca-  Les Rita Mitsouko

What If We Could?- Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Yellow Light- Of Monsters and Men