A blog post from Rome by my great friend, Grant, who is finishing his Fall semester there. I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I have.
Seeing a different way of life has changed me. Right now, I am in the final legs of studying abroad in the beautiful country of Italy. I have been here since August, and although I arrived just three and a half months ago, I have changed more in the last three and a half months than I ever have before. I have seen how other cultures live. I have seen how people live in Ireland, England, and of course Italy. I see how the world views us Americans. Our large portions, our big cars, and our new president.
How have I changed you may ask? Well, my lifestyle is completely different. I am less concerned with time. The Italians have a wonderful way of ignoring the clock, although I admit that it can be frustrating at the train stations. Every morning instead of eating processed eggs, bagels, and bacon like I would in America, I grab a fresh cappuccino and croissant that was baked that morning (truly good food takes time) at my favorite bar and have a nice morning chat with the barista, Davide, discussing the latest results in Italy’s top soccer division. There is no rush. I enjoy it. I also walk. I am in the beautiful city of Rome, Italy. Why would I not walk everywhere?
Every morning I get to take a slightly different path on the way to class and discover a new side street with ivy leaves covering the sides or an old woman drying her clothes out of her window. On the weekends I get to wake up and go to the butcher that has been serving me throughout my three and a half months here. We have a little chat, he lets me try the fresh cheeses that he got that day (I recommend Pecorino di Fossa), I get what I want, and I am on way, back to exploring another side street on the way back to my apartment. I guess the moral of the story from these brief snapshots is that I have learned something from my time abroad. Take your time. We only have one life on this Earth. Go see everything, certainly go taste everything, and certainly enjoy everything.