I will begin my new (temporary) life in Rome, Italy. After all my years of scheming and dreaming about how I was going to get myself to Europe, it seems this dream is almost a reality. At this point, it still doesn’t seem real and knowing me, I probably won’t really believe it until I am on the plane!
Some stress factors:
1. Still do not have plane ticket purchased (why do I always wait until last-minute to do everything?)
2. I have yet to be told my housing assignment – I will be living with a family during the three months I am studying. I am hoping for a sweet old lady who will teach me how to cook and treat me like her long-lost American daughter. When I filled out the housing assignment form, I did request to NOT have to live with children, so we will see how that goes.
3. My Italian is still very rudimentary, so I have been practicing phrases like:
“Non capisco” – I don’t understand
“Potrebbe ripetere per favore” – Can you say it again?
“Potrebbe parlare lentamente” – Can you speak slowly?
“Il mio italiano è orribile!” – My Italian is bad!
4. My fourth concern is just getting around Roma in general. I have been studying maps of the public transportation system and after i find out my housing assignment, knowing me, I will probably go onto google maps and try to figure out everything in advance. There is nothing wrong with being over prepared!