I can’t believe the last thing I have written about is when I went to the zoo. That seems like forever ago, but it was really only like two or three weeks. That’s how this whole semester has felt, like a lifetime but I can still so vividly remember my first day in Paris.
Anyway, after my day at the zoo, I sadly had to return back to real life as an adult/student but being an American living in Rome means that I can always be a tourist :) I feel like my time in Rome went by so fast that I didn’t even realize how many touristy things I didn’t do that I should have the first week I got there. My friend Brenna’s boyfriend was visiting from Connecticut and he wanted to see everything he could in his short time in Rome so I decided to take along with them for some sight seeing. In one day, we covered the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum (only a small portion because the entire thing is HUGE), and went to the top of St. Peter’s dome! We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel which was upsetting but I probably wouldn’t have been able to take pictures anyway because I was too busy staring at every painting in shock at how pretty they were and how Michelangelo actually did all of that. We saved going to the top of the dome for last, and thank God we did because after walking up all of those stairs to reach the top, I was more than ready for a nap. I’m thankful I was able to even make it up there because it was such a pretty view!
A crucial part of being a tourist in Rome is not leaving until you go to a Roma soccer game, which is exactly what we were all lucky enough to do! A group of about 50 (because we can never do anything without each other!) of us went on our last Monday night. I’ve never been much of a soccer fan but it was really cool to walk up the stairs and see the field and the excitement from all of the fans. Soccer in Rome is like the NBA or NFL in America, at least that’s how I thought of it. I’m not sure if it was the appearance of the players on the field or just the sport of soccer itself, but going to the game definitely changed my opinion of the sport!