I just got back to Cittadella after an incredible four days in Rome. It was amazing to be in a place of so much history. Although of course I sought-out the popular attractions like the Colosseum, I found that everywhere I went, I came across ancient ruins, beautiful monuments, and bits of Roman tradition and legend. Highlights for me were the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona, and walking along the Tiber River & across its bridges.
I had a map of the city, so navigating was generally pretty easy. I walked everywhere - my hostel was near the Colosseum, which made it easy to get there in ~10 minutes. But getting to the other side of the Tiber River and the Vatican took me almost an hour. Not because it was necessarily really far away, but because I had to wind my way through tons of tiny little streets to get there. I did fine most of the time, but it was a headache trying to pass through "Piazza del Esquilino" - there were so many tiny streets heading in/out of the plaza that I had to ask for help, every. single. time.
The food was of course wonderful, as always in Italy, though it took more work than usual for me to find the non-touristy spots. I was successful, though, in finding a few cute little hole-in-the-wall restaurants, where I enjoyed lots of pasta and wine ... and I think I had gelato 3x/day as well, oops... :)
I also had great conversations with some fellow travelers in the hostel where I stayed, as well as with some Italians that I met while out-and-about. I'm happy that my language skills are improving, as it is allowing me to speak to locals a lot more, which in turn allows me to learn more about the culture here :)
Now, tomorrow it's back to my regular schedule - class in the morning, and watching the kids in the afternoon.
I love Jesus and what He has to teach me while I wander around the planet. My other favorite things include: foreign languages, yoga, hiking,
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