This is my room that I share with Emani. Whenever we’re not out and about on the streets of Rome, you can always find us in here. It is a very spacious and cozy room. We do our homework, watch movies and have long conversations about everything.
Unfortunately, this was one of the times that we were doing homework, hence the papers on the bed.
This photo is from the weekend that Emani and I met up with NyAsia and Evelyn in Barcelona. The trip was awesome and Barcelona was beautiful. We wanted to go to the beach because our hostel was just a few minutes away, but the weather wasn’t as warm as we hoped it would be.
Although we weren’t able to get in the water, we took a stroll on the beach and had a photo shoot! It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to experience the water, but the sight of it was an experience of its own.
As soon as you walk through the gated doors of our school, you enter the garden. This is where students come to have their lunch, talk amongst one another, and tan when the weather allows them to! On this day, I decided to take advantage of the great day outside after a stormy weekend and do some Italian homework.
My friend and I went to Corfu, Greece for Easter weekend. This was one of the many views that we were fortunate enough to see and visible from our room balcony. Corfu was full of beautiful views just like this one and it was one of the most marvelous places that I have ever been to. I cannot wait to get back to this island!
Emani and I decided to go to London and Paris for spring break. While in Paris, we stayed with NyAsia who is also from LIM College studying abroad in Paris for the semester. This was our last night in Paris so we wanted to do something memorable! We had wine under the Eiffel Tower after dinner and we talked for a couple of hours before getting some dessert.
The best part about sitting under the Eiffel Tower? It sparkles for about 5 minutes, every hour, beginning at 7pm! It was a great night!
The nightlife in Italy is definitely different than in the states because bars are more common than night clubs. People are more likely to go bar hopping everytime they go out as opposed to staying at one club the entire night. We have acclimated very well to the Italian way. On this night, we went to a bar called On The Rox. It was a great time and we really got to use our Italian because a lot of locals come to this bar.
The best part of the day is always dinner time whether we go out to a restuarant or stay home (there are usually more people present at the dinner table but this night was a quite one). On this night, Emani and I decided to have dinner at home in our kitchen. We are fortunate to have a spacious apartment because it gives everyone the opportunity to be in the kitchen at the same time and talk. We usually tell one another about our day, good or bad. We find ourselves talking at the dinner table for hours at a time and its nice because it is somewhat of a stress reliever when one of us has had a bad day.
With midterms approaching next week, it reminds me that the end of this wonderful trip is approaching, slowly but surely, so I wanted to reflect on the beginning…
This was our very first night in Rome and we decided to have dinner at a nearby, or vicino (as the Italians would say), restaurant named Quattro Venti. Of course, I had pizza (broccoli and sausage) and I was far from disappointed. The food was so good that my roommates and I have returned on several occasions and have made friends with the owner. We love this restaurant because it reminds us of the delicious food and beautiful people Italy has to offer, among many other things.
Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, The Colosseum is one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture and engineering.
Construction on The Colosseum began between 70 and 72 AD under emperor Vespasian. The Colosseum was completed in 80 AD by his son and emperor Titus. It is the only amphitheatre to be called The Colosseum and no other amphitheatre can be referred to by the same name. Its name comes from its enormous size and the fact that there was once a giant statue of Nero on the side of it.
The Temple of Vesta, located in the Roman Forum, was the temple built for the Goddess Vesta, who was the goddess of the hearth. The hearth was located in Roman homes, therefore Vesta is also known as the goddess of homes. According to mythology, Vesta was only happy when the fire in her temple was burning.
Since Vesta could only be happy while the fire was burning, she had her own Vestal Virgins to protect the fire from dying down. In the times of the Romans, it was an honor to be called upon to become a Vestal Virgin because they were the most sacred of women.
In addition, the average Roman woman, or girl, was not expected to live past the age of 18. Girls were married off at the tender age of eleven or twelve, and at that age, their bodies were not yet able to bear a child. As a result, most of them died in childbirth.