My last week in Rome for the semester was filled with a beach day in Ostia and lots and lots of studying and packing. My last Friday was beautiful and 70 degrees, so a few of us took advantage of this weather and headed to the beach. The rest of the week was a blur between papers, studying, finals, packing, and my friend coming to visit for the last few days. Saturday and Sunday I spent at Friends café and at the Tiber campus preparing for my finals. Sunday was one of the busiest days in Rome with two past popes becoming Saints with two living popes present at the canonization. Vatican city was so busy and I stayed away from it all, as cool as it would have been to be there the commotion I went to East Mass the week before and that was perfect enough for me. Monday I had two finals, then one Tuesday and my last one on Friday. When I wasn’t studying or organizing all my things I was out in Rome.
My friend arrived in Rome Wed and I had till Friday evening to show her around. So nice to see her again, but definitely got me anxious to go home… Last week we tried new restaurants like Alfredo’s, which is where the original fettuccini Alfredo was created. The original is just butter and Parmesan cheese. When they bring it out to you the cheese is on top and they mix it all up in front of you, a little lighter then our version but still extremely delicious. As the week went on people started to leave and it began to hit us that our Roman vacation is over. Even though I will be back here in August it wont be the same. And the fact that it wont be the same hit me really hard when we were out for our last night with all our friends. We stayed out with everyone till closing and said our sad goodbyes, and see you laters. Saturday morning my roommates were getting ready to head to the airport and I headed to my friends to spend what I thought was my last night in Rome.
We spent our last true day in the eternal city in Villa Borghese on bikes and walking around the city for hours, taking everything in that we could. For dinner we tried to go to a few of our favorite restaurants around Trastevere but everything was booked, and then we stumbled upon this pizzeria that was hidden from the tourists and college students. The pizza was so thin and they made everything out in the open so you could watch. After that we headed for one drink and then back to bed before waking up for our long long long journey home. Rome just didn’t want Jessie and I to leave Sunday, so after a few plane delays and a cancellation we officially missed our connecting flight to Boston and were brought to a hotel. My luggage really didn’t want to leave and got to spend two extra nights in Rome.
But finally 40-hours later I flew over the coast of Maine, and landed in Boston where my parents were anxiously waiting for me. We cleared customs in Dublin and I didn’t have any luggage so I just walked off the plane to find my parents, grabbed a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, and a Poland Springs water (water never tasted so good) and headed to the car. Tuesday morning when I woke up in my bed I literally thought that I had woken up from a dream. I cannot thank my family for the support and opportunity enough to let me have the most amazing experiences as well as push me to go back and accomplish even more. These past four months were by the far the best, I met so many people with different outlooks on life, I lived and will continue to live in a different culture that is so diverse, I was reunited with my family in my favorite city, and I got to see and do things I could and have only dreamed of. The next years will be different, and I have no idea what to expect, all I know is that I’m absolutely petrified in the most exciting, nerve racking way, and I can not wait to see what happened. I can honestly say that my decision to study abroad for four months was the best decision I have every made, and has changed my life and how I look at people and the world. Thank you for reading and following my four-month journey through Europe, and hopefully you can follow my next two years too! And Rome ill see you soon!
Thank you for reading, ciao!