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Lexi Burns

Adapting to Rome

by Lexi Burns Monday, September 18, 2017

I’ve been in Rome for 1 week and I am in love with the city. There is so much to do and see here. During my orientation, I took a tour of the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish steps, beautiful churches, and the shopping center of Rome. It was magnificent to see everything, but it was an extremely hot and long walk. It is supposed to be between 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit every day this week and there is no AC in our apartments. Since it’s so hot, my friends and I have quickly learned to leave the apartment and find a cute cafe or nice shop to be in an air-conditioned environment. Besides the temperature, I love our apartment since we’re living in the Prati neighborhood, which is three blocks away from St. Peter’s Basilica. Every day, it amazes me to think about the fact that I am living in Vatican City – it’s truly a dream come true!

                                                                        A large white Roman building with a fountain and pool of water in front of it
Trevi Fountain

I’ve learned that Italians are very classy and they love fashion. My friends and I love to window shop at luxurious stores like Gucci, Prada, and Burberry; however, we were actually able to make purchases at affordable stores like H&M and Zara. The shopping is incredible here because there is so much variety and it’s all so trendy. In most stores, the employees will speak English and use hand gestures, so it has been pretty easy to communicate with others to find the perfect Italian clothes, bags, and souvenirs.  

The food is delicious but it is slightly different than what I expected it to be. I’ve noticed that Italian food typically comes with less spices, seasonings, and salt/pepper than back in America. For instance, Italians typically do not put salad dressing on their salads. I am slowly getting used to this and I’ve been trying the Italian foods – pastas, pizzas, paninis, and gelato. I’m ashamed to say that occasionally, my friends and I will stop at the familiar golden arches, McDonalds, to grab a quick snack and feel the comfort of American food. I am excited to try more Italian food and venture into a local market to start making some meals in our apartment.

                                                           A large Roman building with columns
The Pantheon

I’m really excited about my classes. I will be taking a beginning Italian class, so that I can learn the basics of the language to communicate with local Italians. I am also very interested in my International Marketing class so that I can learn how to market products to global consumers. I am most excited for my Art History class since all of the pictures that I have seen in a textbook will be brought to life as I take class field trips throughout Rome and Florence. I’m so excited to travel throughout Italy and I’ll send another update soon. Ciao!

                                                            Lexi sitting on the Spanish steps, a large castle behind her
The Spanish Steps