September 29th, 2006

Two nervous breakdowns and one new laptop later, I have arrived in Italy. I landed late at night in Rome, feeling very calm for once. I had arranged for a shuttle service to pick me up and was met at the airport by a beautiful pregnant Roman woman. I was a little worried about how the two of us would manage my two giant pieces of luggage, but the driver was a rather strong man and helped us out. He took a liking to me since my last name is also the name of a famous car from Modena, and funny enough, offered me a job answering the phone in their office in Rome – they are looking for people who speak English and Italian and he thought I’d be great. To his disappointment I told him that I actually live in Perugia and my school schedule will be perhaps a bit full. He gave me his number just the same.

He took the scenic route to the hotel, which was fine since I’d paid for the shuttle service in advance. My friends, Rome is a breath of fresh air. It’s always so live and chaotic, and I feel it really comes alive at night. I think the driver was amused at my gasps of “oooooh” and “aaaahh” – what can I say, Rome never ceases to amaze me. One minute you’re driving past people on vespas and people in cars talking on cell phones, and the next minute you’re passing an ancient artifact of some sort. I checked into my hotel, and the fellow working there kept throwing in comments like “God you’re beautiful.” in between sentences as he explained where things were, etc. Welcome to Rome, ha ha. The only thing I did after that was shower and go to bed.

I woke up this morning, threw open the shutters to find lively, warm sunny streets. Good morning Rome, I said. I got dressed and got out as soon as I could to get some coffee and take a walk. There is nothing more fun than trying to get lost in Rome. I happened upon the Fontana di Trevi without even trying (ironically, if you DO try to find it, it’s impossible). Roamed through Palatine hill, observed some of the more “modern” architecture around the city, and here I am, trying to decide when to go to Perugia. I have to call my soon-to-be coinquilino, roommate, to let him know when I’ll be arriving. I’m a little nervous about that, since it’s hard for me to speak Italian on the phone and I also don’t think he really speaks any English, but I’m sure we’ll manage…

Until next time…

Entry Filed under: la vita italiana

11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jeffo  |  September 29th, 2006 at 10:23 am

    You’re here! And what great weather to arrive to. I need to get to Rome one of these weekends. It’s been ages. I wonder if it’s changed at all?

  • 2. Alex  |  September 29th, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Hey Tina,
    I am so glad that you are safe after your trip. As I can see you already making some waves in the hearts of the Italians, I just can’t imagine what is going to be next… You go girl.:))))
    Keep us posted PLEASEEEEEEEEE

  • 3. Annika  |  September 29th, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    You made it!!! Where are you staying in Rome? oh pleasepleaseplease write more, and PICTURES!!!

  • 4. sonyaustraliana  |  September 30th, 2006 at 3:11 am

    I am glad that you have made it safely to Italy! Please keep us posted on your wild adventures! And yes we want photos!

    In bocca al lupo!

  • 5. Cristina  |  September 30th, 2006 at 8:51 am

    Tina, do you have my number? If so CALL, if not send me an email and I will call you or send you my number. WELCOME TO ITALY!

  • 6. nicki  |  September 30th, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    Yay, you’re here…now if Annika would just get a move on too, we could have a party!

  • 7. miss tango  |  September 30th, 2006 at 4:35 pm


  • 8. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  September 30th, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Yeah you made it in one piece. Congrats!! I’m adding your link to my favorites.

  • 9. glittertip  |  September 30th, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    congratulations– you can blog me if you need anything.
    i’ve updated your link on my list of favorites as well.

  • 10. Christie  |  October 1st, 2006 at 1:35 am

    So glad to hear that you made it there safely! Only two nervous breakdowns? Hey, that’s not bad at all. :)

    Conan and I are moving tomorrow into our new townhouse. We’ll have to compare amusing movin’ stories once the ‘puter is hooked up again. Until then… enjoy a stroll through Rome, have a delicious time soaking in all the sights, and say a few positive affirmations for those of us who will be stuck in rush hour traffic on Monday morning.

    Huge hugs!

  • 11. Shelley - At Home in Rome  |  October 1st, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Benvenuta in Italia! And, in bocca al lupo. Let the adventure begin!

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