Unfortunately, we don’t always stop and count our blessings. Fortunately, I’ve been able to stop, smell the roses, and make a tally of how fortunate I’ve been. Just in time–today marks one month until I leave this program. I will be staying in Italy for an extra week, but knowing that I just have a month left with my roommates and friends in this program saddens me, especially as I remember our good times.
I’ve had a good semester here in Rome. I’ve seen fantastic things, met fantastic people, and had a fantastic time. I’ve had good weather most of the time, and I have a month left to do everything I still want to do.
After Tuesday, I didn’t get to explore many more museums. I suppose waking up at 8 AM for a week in a row wiped me out, so Wednesday and Thursday, I slept a whole lot, went to class, and did my necessary homework. I should have gone out today, but I was feeling a bit lazy. Also, the weather has been absolutely frightful, twisting from hail to sunshine in the matter of hours. I got some laundry done and cleaned the apartment.
The fun fact I’ve learned from the Cultura della Settimana is that the word “catacombs” is originally Latin, meaning “next to the cave”, as the first underground cemetary was started next to a cave where a martyr was buried. The word was then adopted for any underground cemeteries. I took a tour of that original catacomb, and it was both informative and exciting, though not recommended for anyone who is claustrophobic.
With the hail this morning, I’ve taken some time to run errands, unwind, and relax. Tomorrow is Rome’s birthday. 2765 years of existence. It’s going to be a heck of a party. I’ll let you all know how it goes.