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Benvenuti a Italia

I’m not going to go into detail about getting from Tubingen to Rome because it’s something that I would like to forget. Bus, train, train, train, fine, plane, bus. I think you get the picture.

Anyway, I arrived in Rome in the evening and my friend Leisha met me at the bus stop near Termini train station. I met Leisha during my first quarter at UW and we worked together at the Henry Art Gallery. She has a design internship here in Rome this summer. She’s going to be my partner in crime (partner in debt may be more accurate). We took my luggage back to her place and then ate a panini on the Spanish Steps. Welcome to Rome!

New Coworkers: Valerie (ex-intern), Jennifer, Sheryl, Laura and Federica (Matthew not pictured here)

New Coworkers: Valerie (ex-intern), Jennifer, Sheryl, Laura and Federica (Matthew not pictured here)

The next morning I met Valerie, the old UWRC intern, in Piazza del Biscione and we had a coffee before heading up to the office for my first day of training. It was a long day filled with a lot of new information. In the evening we had the intern dinner to say goodbye to Valerie and to welcome me. We ate at a wonderful restaurant and shared appetizers and made a toast with prosecco. After dinner I rushed to the movie theater to meet Leisha. We had free tickets to see the new Harry Potter movie and we were so excited! I won’t ruin it for you, don’t worry.

The next day I got to sleep in and do training in the afternoon. On Saturday Leisha and I met in a park for lunch (whoa! Trees in Rome?!). In the evening Leisha and I wandered over to Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s. I had dinner with the old intern Valerie and she took Leisha and me to her favorite gelato place. Then we met up with some of her friends in Trastevere, wandered around and had smoothies.

Leisha and I in St. Peter's Square

Leisha and I in St. Peter's Square

On Sunday Leisha and I took it easy. I walked down to the Colosseum, but nothing too eventful. Leisha and I also started scheming about how to make some extra money. We’re thinking of offering tours by tips, but we’ll see. We didn’t end up at home until past midnight. It’s so warm at night here that it’s hard to imagine it being any later than 9:30 pm even in the wee hours of the morning.

Today was my final day of training. Valerie took me on a little tour of our neighborhood showing me all the locations where I will run errands in the future. Tomorrow is my first day on my own and I also get to move into my apartment!!! I’m getting so excited!

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Mind the Gap

The London EyeHey everyone. Sorry it has been so long since I last wrote. (Mind the gap in communication.) It has been so hard to find time for the internet in our whirlwind journeys.

So, on Thursday we left Seattle and had a night flight to London. We arrived in London on Friday afternoon and made our way to Notting Hill, the neighborhood in which the Julia Roberts movie was based. We met our host Jen at her apartment just a few blocks from the underground station. That afternoon Joey and I walked to Hyde Park while Paige took a nap to recuperate (she took one too many sleeping pills on the flight). After Paige woke up we took the double-decker bus to Piccadilly Circus and wandered around seeing the sights. We stumbled upon the National Gallery, which is open late on Fridays and is free to the public. We saw hundreds of famous paintings. It was nice to see these artworks in the flesh rather than in books or on slides like I do in class all the time. Some of my favorites were the Bathers at Asnieres by Georges Seurat and the Rembrandt collection. Then I took Paige and Joey to their first bar, the Prince Albert.

On Saturday morning we woke up and went to Portobello Market on Jen’s suggestion. Apparently it is the largest open-air market in the world and I believe it. It stretched on for miles and we only saw half of it. There was a multi-block section full of antique stalls and shops that I think would have given Aunt Louise a dizzy spell.Portobello Market

While the market had many things to offer, I settled for a single banana and then we were on our way. Next we went down to Westminster Abbey and the South Bank neighborhood around the London Eye. We sat in the park and wrote postcards.

On Sunday we woke up refreshed and headed out to see St. Paul’s church and the area around the Tower of London. We hung out at the Tower Bridge for some ice cream. We even stopped by a Mithraeum, an ancient Roman cult temple, because Paige will give a presentation on Mithraeism when she studies in Rome this spring. Unfortunately it wasn’t much to look at. We also headed north to visit Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station. This is where Harry Potter catches the train to Hogwarts every year. After that we walked to Camden for some dinner. We wandered around the famous Camden open-air market trying to convince Paige that she did not need to buy a pocket watch.

That night we stayed with Kelly’s friend Guy in Brixton, the neighborhood made famous by a Clash song and that song titled “Electric Avenue”. Guy’s roommate Mali plays the harp and she gave us a free concert. It  was amazing! I have never seen anyone play the harp before. Afterwards Guy and his other roommate Keith took us to a pub to hear a band play. What a fun night!

This morning we woke up and caught our *delayed* flight to Amsterdam. It was the shortest flight I have ever been on; it was only 40 minutes. When we got here we settled into our three person room at the Bicycle Hostel and went out for some Tapas before calling it a night. Speaking of night time; I should get to bed. Don’t forget to view my Flickr album of London by clicking My Photos to the right. (Once you click you may have to search for me by typing in “sarahatemygerbil@yahoo.com”) Hope to post again soon!

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