Finally updating...some thoughts
Rome Travel Blog› entry 16 of 18 › view all entries
March 19th, 2009 – by: JenCooks86
I feel like so much has changed since I've last written. I feel like I've learned so much and changed so much since I've been here. I feel bad because there's so much that I've experienced that I haven't recorded (a recurring theme, I know). At the end of February, I left for Spain on my Spring Break. We went to Barcelona, Madrid, and Sevilla. What an experience that was! I don't think I could put it into words if I tried. Spain was amazing. The people were so friendly. I was really excited to use my Spanish, but realized how much work it really needs! haha But the whole experience in general was awesome...having to figure the transporation systems of different cities out by myself...getting myself around from one city/country to the next.
The crazy thing is, about all of it, that when I came back to Rome, it felt like home. This place where I didn't even speak the language fluently had become mine, and I realized it with anticipation as the Leonardo Express approached Termini. It was funny because when I first boarded the crowded train and couldn't find a row of empty seats, I approached a man who was sitting beside an empty seat and asked him, pointing at the seat, "Mi scusi, posso?" He looked at me, bewildered and seemingly a bit aggravated, and shook his head as he refused eye contact and mumbled, "no, no, it's not taken." Realizing he was an American tourist, I smiled, holding back a laugh and said, "thank you." He looked even more confused than ever. But I realized it then, I was coming home. I'm not a tourist here. And when I speak Italian to most people, they don't think I'm American. Most of the time I get, "Sei italiana, spagnola, or inglese?" It's pretty funny I guess. It was also interesting to see what an American tourist can look like from the perspective of the Italians. I mean this guy was pretty rude. I'm not even from Italy but when I asked him if I could have the seat in Italian, clearly pointing at the seat, he could've just said, "sì." I mean, if nothing else, he couldn't have looked that up in a book before he came? Haha but ...va bene (this phrase has increasingly worked it's way into my daily vocabulary.) haha
I've met so many nice people since I've been here. My roommate and I have become friends with the lady who works at the bar near our apartment. She gets so excited every time we stop in for coffee. She tells us about her family and helps us with Italian. I love it. I love it so much here. At this point, I'm about, oh I'd say 95% sure that I'll be living here one day. My goal is to not have to stay in the US any longer than a year after I initially go back. I've fallen in love with Roma, and there's no turning back. Sometimes it doesn't treat me very well, but at the end of every single day I know there's nowhere else I'd rather be. That's love right? haha For now it works for me...my goal now is to work on seeing what kind of jobs I can find here after I graduate (August!). Yay! So wish me luck! Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I know the whole work visa process is going to be a pain in the neck but truly nothing compared to a lifetime of living in a country where people don't even talk to each other except about superficial things. I know, I'm too cruel to the US, but I can't help it...I've found home...and I knew it since the day I got here.
Look forward to pics from Spain and more of Italy!!
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