Monday, September 16, 2013

Day 1: Roaming in Roma-- Rome In Color

Upon arriving to the airport in Rome, I felt a measurable amount of anxiety and trepidation for the situation my spontaneity and spur-of-the-moment attitude had just gotten me into. I was as equally nervous as I was excited... Here I was in Rome, without any knowledge of the Italian language--with the exception of a few words I had just quickly picked up in my guidebook: Buonjourno, Prego, Andiamo, Gratzi-- and without anyone to confide in, nor any idea as to how I would be spending the day alone until meeting up with my friend in Bologna that night. All of my worries quickly subsided however after speaking to one of the train-station's amiable representatives. She told me which trains to take, the must-see locations, and what metro lines could get me there.

After taking line A of the underground train, I arrived at Piazza di Spagna, to marvel at the magnificent Spanish Steps and the Fontana della Barcaccia (Fountain of the Old Boat). I spent the day wandering throughout Rome, visiting places like the Forum Romanum, Altare della Patria, and the Colosseo. All throughout the day I could't help but smile incessantly at the thought of, "I'M IN ITALY!!!"  Resting in front of the Fontana di Trevi, enjoying some creamy and delectable gelato, and marveling at the grandeur ceiling inside the Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio was truly a long-time dream of mine come to life. I had to refrain myself from breaking out in jubiliant dance (which may have looked something like this) something the Italian natives would have found amusing I'm sure!

All in all, it was a remarkable journey, filled with moments of great joy, laughter, and also uncertainty--all of which made the trip that much more of a memorable adventure which I am so grateful to have embarked on. Here are some pictures from my first day in Rome. All the historical sites where in such close proximity to one another which is really great because it permits you the ability to see a lot in just a single day.

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