September 29, 2010

Discoveries

One of the coolest things about walking around Rome is that you never know what you are going to find. You could be walking down an alleyway then suddenly you are standing in a big square with a nice fountain. Or you will be driving along and you'll see an ancient ruin just there on the side of the road.  I have to say one of my favorite discovers has been some of the stores we've found while wandering the streets of Rome. The other day English Boy and I were on the hunt for gelato and coffee when we walked by a doorway and saw a store selling glassware.  Since we will soon be in a new apartment, we thought it might be cool to check it out. We went inside to found a huge three story, multi-roomed home design store!  I fell in love with what had to be the most expensive espresso cups in the world. I still don’t know the name of that store but I could tell it was unique and special.  From the outside it looked like nothing but an old building with bars on the windows.

Here is a picture from the alleyway. The store front is the door on the right and the two small windows.


And a view as you get closer...


Another store we had found that same day was a furniture store that looked like it consisted of only the window display. Then we walked in and it continued on for several more rooms and the whole length of the building.  I don't understand how the shopping works here. How does anyone know where to go? Or what store sells what? Is it all word of mouth or is there some directory that I haven't yet found? I can't wait to make some more awesome shopping discoveries.

September 27, 2010

Pictures from my first week

Here are a few pictures that seem very Italian to me.


Fountain
 An artistic view of a fountain around the corner from the Spanish Steps.




Balconies and Vines
 I found these buildings down an alleyway while wandering Rome. I thought it was really cool how the vines covered the whole building.


Hill Towns
 This is a picture of one of the many hill towns outside of Rome. The streets here were very steep and sometimes barely big enough for a car. I can't imagine living there when it snows.




Rome and Surrounding towns
View from the hill towns of the area around Rome. It was pretty cloudy and rainy this day but I hear the view is amazing on a clear day.



Narrow and steep street in Rocca di Papa
 Like I said, snow on these streets!?




Old building
I love all the old buildings in Rome. Some of them are so pretty! This one seemed to glow from the sunlight as I walked up to it.  



Military, Nuns, and Tourists


Flashy Cars


Fountains
The Trevi Fountain! It's my favorite place to people watch. There are so many tourists from all over the world all doing the same silly poses infront of the fountain. Then there are the guys walking around trying to sell stuff to the tourists.

September 24, 2010

Welcome to Roma



I have this memory from the sixth grade of my teacher having a discussion with the class about traveling abroad.  I can't tell you everything that she had said but what made the biggest impression on me was her description of Backpackers.  She told us about college students that would carry everything they needed for traveling in a single backpack. She explained that they would stay in hostels and travel as cheaply as possible. My teacher's description of hostels made the whole idea sound very unpleasant. I also remember thinking that there was no way I would ever get the chance to go to Europe.  Then fast forward to my time in college and there I was in Europe with a backpack jumping from city to city trying to see as much as possible. It was amazing and my most favorite city from that trip was Rome. My life has changed so much since that trip. I graduated from University, moved to Phoenix, lost my job, met an English boy,  moved to England for 4 months, then moved back in with my parents.

Well now I'm in Rome again with English boy and this time I want to write a blog about my experiences living here.  I'll be posting pictures, writing about my adventures, and keeping track of everything I learn along the way.  I hope to make this blog a travel journal for myself as much as for anyone interested in what its like to live in Italy. So if there is anything you want to hear about or pictures you want to see, just let me know!

Ciao!