Foreword

Five Days in Rome

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It’s 2 PM (14:00), and so far I’ve walked 4.4 miles (7.081 km) and taken 12,000 steps today. This is nothing compared to the 10+ miles I’ve been walking; today I used public transit for the first time, so that may have helped. Along this walk I was at John Cabot University, crossed the Tiber River, saw where Caesar was killed, the Jewish Ghettos, Piazza Venezia, Altare Della Patria, and the Colosseum. It’s easy to say, my new neighborhood has a lot more to offer than I expected.

I’m almost complete with my fifth day of orientation in Rome, and it’s been a week I never expected. Before leaving I was dreading the idea of spending three months in a place completely foreign, where I don’t speak the language or know anyone. After five days I’ve found neither of these circumstances to be true, or an issue. In fact, Trastevere is quite manageable.

I plan to use this blog to document my experience in Rome. I hope to offer a glimpse into day-to-day life by sharing moments big and small, and what I’ve learned along the way. It is not often that I find myself in the position of “foreigner’. By observing and listening, taking on the role of a journalist or scientist, I look forward to understanding more about life on the other side of the world.

 

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