It’s been about a month since I’ve written, and I’m leaving Rome in about a month. The past few weeks have been crazy busy, as are the remaining weeks I have in Europe— predominantly because I planned most of my trips in November and the end of October. Around the same time as midterms, final projects, etc. The planning wasn’t that intelligent… Still, November means Christmas lights and chilly air and possibly snow, which is why I’m loving this month of travel.
Here I plan to catch you all up on various travels and make some finishing remarks about Rome and John Cabot. The bullet points: Salzburg, Vienna, A Visit from the Parents, Budapest, Amsterdam. I’ve written down extensive entries in my travel journal about these weekends and will include passages with pictures from the trip, mainly to avoid adding more writing to my plate right now.
Now that I have so little time left in Rome, I’m starting to appreciate it more and miss it already. There’s so much to do in such a short amount of time. I have a final list of places to see before I have to leave (including: the MAXXI Museum, the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, a tea house called Babington by the Spanish Steps, etc.). Rome is really an incredible place partly because, yes, I can travel to a variety of cities in Italy as easily as I can travel to another country… also, there’s so much to see in Rome itself if I can’t travel.
Rome is huge. I’ll never be able to do everything I want here. It’s a massive, ancient city full of history and neighborhoods I won’t have time to see. So what, the streets are dirty. So what, there’s no Mexican food. So what, it has the most unreliable public transportation system. It’s been fun to get lost here (and to get un-lost), to make plans here (and to come across random finds), to study here (and to drink wine here.) It’s been a blast. I’ve met amazing people in my apartment, in my classes, while drinking espresso as cafes…
…and of course these other destinations around Europe, too… I’ve really only encountered Southern Hospitality and Midwestern Friendliness before, and now I can add the Grumpy Viennese, the Plaid-Clad-and-Laid-Back Hollanders, and the Beautiful French, among others, to that list.
With one more month left, I’ll try to keep you updated for frequently! The final entries I’ll write will include details on London, Barcelona, possibly Florence, and a grand list of my personal recommendations in Roma itself.