The third weekend of November I had a friend visit from the states, which was really nice to have a familiar face around from back home! That Sunday we hopped on a plane and visited Roma, which would be my last time visiting my favorite country during my time abroad!! Clearly, Italy holds a very special place in my heart.
I was very excited to visit Rome because I was looking forward to learning more about Roman history, firsthand. So something about Rome that I learned really quick is that it is the perfect tourist city, almost too perfect. In fact, it was very difficult to get an authentic Roman Italian experience because there were restaurants and gelato shops on every corner, that it is very difficult to seek out local places or really yummy food. Frankly Roman food is very expensive and only average compared to all the other food I have had throughout Italy.
On another hand, I LOVED visiting the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Jewish Quarter, and Trevi Fountain. It was an incredible experience climbing up to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. I loved just sitting on the perimeter of the Sistine Chapel and admiring more of Michelangelo’s work. Overlooking the Roman Forum from Palatine Hill and walking through the Colosseum took me back hundreds of years. This city is so rich of culture, it is incredible.
The only negative thing I could think of during the trip was all the solicitors approaching you and it just genuinely kills the mood sometimes. Some of the solicitors are extremely aggressive as well and I didn’t appreciate that at all. I have a different perspective on this because I loathe touristy places 80% of the time, but Rome in itself is a place that must be seen and visited. So much history and gelato that makes it all the more worth it. I will miss Italy and I cannot wait to return.
We came back to Copenhagen on Wednesday and it was the start of Christmas season! This was the first time that I ever visited a Christmas market, which is a very big part of European culture. We witness the turning on of the Christmas lights throughout the city, which was really cool. I combatted the cold with mulled wine, Glogg! So yummy and warm.
The past two weeks I have started to prepare for exams and Tara came to visit this past weekend, but I was too swamped with group projects and reports to really take time to explore more of Copenhagen with her and her friends! It is crunch time with exams right around the corner and my semester is officially coming to a close, which is crazy to think about. So I probably won’t post until right after exams or right before, until then… cheers!!!