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Home Sweet Rome

Monday was the 40 year anniversary of man walking on the moon, so Rome had a festival called “La luna ha quaranta anni” (The moon is 40 years old). In Piazzo del Popolo they set up a huge stage and there was a big sphere in the center of it that they lit up to look like the moon. When Leisha and I first got there, a group of scientists were on stage discussing something… the moon probably. (My Italian skills are sub-par when it comes to scientific discussion.) They also played some of the original footage from Apollo 11.

Scientists playing footage from Apollo 11 at La Luna festival

Scientists playing footage from Apollo 11 at La Luna festival

After that Moby, yes the real Moby, gave a concert for free! It was amazing. The next day Leisha and I told our dads about it and they were both appalled that Italy would have a bigger anniversary celebration for Apollo 11 than the U.S. I guess Italians will use any excuse to have a party.

Here is a video I took during the concert:

And because the sound is absolutely horrible, here is the real music video for the same song:

Tuesday was my first day being the intern all alone. No more training. It went smoothly, of course. That afternoon I was able to move into my new apartment and I spent the whole day unpacking in the heat. One of my favorite things about the apartment: My dishwasher.

Since then, Leisha and I have been exploring Rome in the evenings when it’s cool out. I’ve visited the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, etc. We also visited the street-fair-type festival down on the banks of the river and started watching La Dolce Vita. I also happened upon a photo shoot, which was cool.

A photoshoot for something...

A photoshoot for something...

For right now I’m just settling in to the job, to my apartment, to Rome. I’m also planning a trip back to Vienna to sort out some visa things and visit Paige who is studying there right now.

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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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