Starting to Call Rome Home

After years of dreaming, months of planning, and days of traveling, it is difficult to really describe how amazing it is to be here in Rome.

So what brought me to Rome?

I always knew I wanted to study abroad. My mom studied in Reims, France for an entire year in college while she pursued her French minor and had an absolutely amazing experience. Last summer, we traveled throughout Europe and actually had the opportunity to return to Reims. My mom’s old roommate from study abroad still lives there so they were reunited after all these years. Seeing the unique and international friendships study abroad can foster was just another driving factor, my mom’s roommate still even had photos of her on the fridge.

Choosing Rome was actually an incredibly easy decision for me. I have always loved Italian culture (especially cuisine) and I am one of the first Italian Minors at my college. I originally had thought about going to Florence, but I loved the accessible travel options a bigger city can offer (plus, Lizzie McQuire provided a little bit of guidance as well). And now I am fortunate enough to call this beautiful historic city home from August until December!

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Picturesque Streets of Rome

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And, yes, the pizza!

First thoughts?

I love it here. From the slightly dangerous cobblestone streets to the almost ridiculous amount of gelaterias and pizzerias, Rome is really set up to enjoy the best things in life. My main surprise was the heat! Even when it is over ninety degrees Italians are still drinking hot espresso and wearing full length pants. It’s very impressive! I’m not sure I will get used to the heat, but I am definitely getting used to the daily cappuccinos. I’ve only been here a short amount of time but I can already tell I have so much to look forward to during my time here. Rome is the kind of city that welcomes you with open arms and a fresh cooked meal, and I can’t wait to see what I experience here.

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Tiber River

Julia G. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently studying Business Marketing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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