Rome, Sweet Rome

30 May


Enjoying a glass of vina rossa (red wine) at the Cubby Hole

As expected, I did not sleep nearly as well as I anticipated last night, mainly because my excitement and anxiety for my upcoming travel day took over.

I woke up at 4:45 am, gathered some last minute things together and headed to the airport with the fam (Ruby included). Upon arriving, my mom walked with me to check in my bag. My bag weighed in at an increasingly close but astonishingly under 50lbs, at 49.5 pounds (it’s a good thing I took the candy out). After an emotional goodbye from my mother (mind you, she did not even cry when I moved into college), I embarked on my long day of traveling.

Little did I know how long of a travel day it was going to be. My flight departed Cincinnati and landed in Philly where I was supposed to connect to Boston. After meeting up with Dr. Colella, Dr. Brownlee and Natalie, we waited at the terminal ready and anxious to board our next flight. Much to our surprise, the flight attendant announced our connecting flight was canceled. Did they give us a reason? Nope. It was almost like throwing a child into a swimming pool and telling him or her, “You’re on your own, now SWIM!” So here we were, stranded in the Philadelphia airport, flightless, bagless and annoyed. After talking with a customer service representative who mastered the skill of rolling her eyes for 45 minutes, we had reached a solution—well sortof. In order for all of us to make our connecting flight to Rome, we needed to split up. Dr. Colella and Dr. Brownlee were placed on the next flight out of Boston at 1:30 p.m., Natalie and Bridget went to DC and then flew to Boston and I was stuck on a flight by myself to LaGuardia where I would then connect to Boston. The best part about this flight was getting to see New York City from the sky. I’ve never been to New York and I was excited to see the view looked exactly like a postcard.

When we all finally reconnected at the Boston airport, it was time to board our final flight (my number 5 of the day). The flight was extremely smooth, large and filled with extremely good-looking Italian flight attendants, both men and women. Becca, Bridget and I all ordered vina rossa (red wine), which we were extremely excited about not getting carded for (love international laws). I didn’t sleep at all on the plane and it amazes me how I am functioning after being awake for more than 24 hours.

And then, after 8 hours, we made it. We were finally in Italy after 5 flights, luggage mishaps, flight cancelations and a missing bus at the airport. Life was good. We took a bus to our final destination, where we would be living for the next 5 weeks. Loyola’s campus is absolutely beautiful and completely exceeded my expectations. There were marble busts atop columns lining the walkway and the smell of roses greeted me as I walked to the entrance. I was really excited to be staying here. The only problem…I wasn’t. Me and 5 other girls along with the professors were put in an off-campus site because of limited space on Loyola’s campus. The off-site location is a good fifteen minutes from campus and walking back alone at night isn’t exactly something I am looking forward to. The place we are staying at is beautiful, but painstakingly quiet. So quiet, you could hear a pin drop. The rooms are tiny and barren except for a metallic painting of Jesus on the wall. The nice thing is however, each room is equipped with a bathroom and shower. Because this trip is mainly girls, getting ready to go out at night with two community showers would have been a problem. So having my own shower is something I can’t complain about. The bad thing, we are completely isolated from everyone else. As much as I would have liked to be around the rest of the group, I am going to make the best of it. I mean, I am in Rome after all.

Tonight we are going to visit the Vatican before sitting down to a nice, authentic Italian meal. After that, I am definitely planning on crashing. Until next time.


4 Responses to “Rome, Sweet Rome”

  1. Nancy Folchi May 30, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Ciao Natty…your picture looks so natural…like you absolutely belong in Rome! I was just reading your blog with Nonna and Dad after we had a grill out for Memorial Day. We LOVED reading about your adventure so keep recording your activities of the day and thoughts along the way.

    Will you get to join the rest of the group at Loyola’s campus? You might mention your wish to Dr. Colella and maybe they can make this happen.

    Nonna said to not go by yourself…there is safety in numbers. Watch out for the vino rosa…and the Italian men. Nonna says they have fast fingers and will pinch your butt!

    Keep blogging and we will keep reading. We are with you in spirit and hope you are having the time of your life.


    Nonna, Mom, Dad, Nina and Ruby

  2. Mike May 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Proud of you. Have fun and keep me in the loop.

  3. Nancy (Mom) May 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Hi Natty…I really enjoy reading your blog so keep riding and let us tag along on your trip to Rome (at least in our imagination!). You truly have a gift so your idea of a blog, instead of my idea of a travel journal was clearly the ride choice. You truly have a gift so use it. And don’t forget to share your beautiful voice with the Italians while you are there. Remember…when in Rome…you fill in the rest! Have fun…miss you!

  4. Nancy (Mom) May 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Oops…I meant keep writing and your idea of a blog was the right idea! I need to slow down my typing!

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