Postcards from Italy — August 26, 2021

[Queue this song.]

I’ve arrived in sunny and sweaty Roma, where I will begin (and hopefully end) my undergraduate college degree.

I’ve been here since Monday, but a mix of orientation activities / exhaustion / hesitation to leave my apartment has prohibited me from exploring by myself, until yesterday.

After a meeting at the school, I decided to wander, with no plan or route in mind. Since yesterday, I had only been out with school groups and with my roommate, so it was nice to be alone for a couple of hours. The week had been filled with mingling/get-to-know-each-other activities, all of which have been horribly exhausting for my introverted brain, so the next few hours were a much-needed recharge.

I wasn’t planning to be out for more than a few minutes, but it was oh, so, hot that, naturally, I began to crave gelato. I walked and walked and walked and eventually made it over the bridge that overpasses the Tevere, or the Tiber River — the third-longest in Italy.

I passed by a few gelato shops, but decided to keep going and make up a route to explore some of the city I hadn’t been to. Here are some of the things I saw:

Jefferson Airplane was here.
La Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, built in 1612. It’s very reminiscent (albeit much smaller in size) of La Fontana di Trevi, which sits on the other side of the Tevere.
View of Trastevere from the fountain.
This building looks like it belongs in New York!
I love street art, and this made me laugh.
Walking over the Tevere. I tried my best to capture the color of the water here because it was so blue and beautiful.
There is so much graffiti here. More than I’ve ever seen anywhere else.
Strolling through the streets.
Matisse-inspired graffiti.
Spot the pigeon!
I wish the mailboxes in the US were this charming. Italian design is on a whole different level.
Gelato caduto // Fallen gelato.

And that concludes my first set of Postcards from Italy. I am going to try my best to post these once a week.

I am kind of in shock that I’m even here. The first few days were tough. I was feeling super homesick and confused and scared. I couldn’t even listen to music because it reminded me too much of home, and of driving in my car, and of my friends, and of everything that’s so far away from me — 

— but as time goes on and the days continue to pass, I realize that those things are all still there; here, I get to be apart of new things I’ll surely miss when I’m home. It’s pretty cool how many little worlds we can create for ourselves everywhere we go.

Alla prossima!

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