We have been going nonstop since we touched down in Italy. It feels like we’ve been here for an eternity versus 36 hours. During this brief break time I can finally gather most of my thoughts.
So you cannot hail taxis in Rome.. It’s actually illegal to.
You hail buses.. and instead of remembering the name of a bus stop, you get off according to landmarks you recognize. Rome is the easiest city to get lost in, but that might be the best way to go about it. Our first night here, I celebrated by having my first legal drink. We went to this local bar (sidenote: a bar usually is equivalent to a cafe and even a “cocktail bar” doesn’t always have alcohol..). in Balduina called “Foodoo” which really looked more like a small restaurant. Many others were on the same page as us so Foodoo ended up being flooded with JFRC students amongst a few locals. We shared some vino and used it as an opportunity to let everything kind of sink in. We had finally made it to our new home for the next few months. Pumped up on vino and jetlag, we decided to make our way to the center of Rome. We somehow made it down with our little knowledge of the bus system and made it into Roma. We roamed around and eventually found ourselves in a large church. It feels that every corner you turn, you are in awe of another beautiful piece of history. At the end of the street was a large monument that we have been using as our point of reference these past two nights. We finally have discovered that it is the monument of Vittorio Emanuele. It’s really hard to explain Roma and I don’t think anything does it really any justice until to you’re there, living and breathing next to it. Our second night in the city started out as an attempted scavenger hunt (with JFRC). We ended up getting lost (as we have this whole time thusfar). Because the city is so dense, the maps of Roma are really overwhelming at first. We thought everything was so far away from eachother. I imagined every monument in the open when it is really compacted. We ended up stumbling into the buildings you could only imagine on google images. We spent an hour mooning over ruins without even noticing that the Colosseum was down a few blocks. The Colosseum at night really just humbles you with it’s size, it’s beauty, it’s history. Roma is just bigger than everything I have ever seen. I am saying this not about it’s size but how this city, these buildings, all of it has stood here long before me and will remain long after I am gone. It has been through countless of wars, rulers, time periods and it just is.
Roma just is.
Something really important to point out is how different the concept of time is. Everything is just experienced and appreciated way more here. Meals can drag on for hours, you wonder around the city and look at the clock when you’ve realized it’s three in the morning. I have lost some anxiety of what comes next and am realizing how important it is to feel everything that is happening now.
I am truly at a loss for words. I don’t know how I am planning on articulating anything that happens while I am here.