Katie, one of my best friends from high school, is studying abroad in Roma. How could I pass up this opportunity to visit? Now I get to add Italy to my growing list of places I’ve been… it’s wonderful to have that list grow. Every time I get to a new place I feel like I learn so much instantly! I witness the new culture and the language and the scene, and my brain grows in a direction it never knew existed. It’s a phenomenal feeling.
So here’s day 1 of my little trip. I flew in, successfully navigated their public transportation system (with a few delays), and then we headed out to explore her little corner of the city. There are gorgeous churches on every street, so each time we came across one we’d stop in and marvel at the architecture and the extravagant decorations. It’s simply amazing that there are so many of them and each is unique and so beautiful.
I got to have my first real Italian cappuccino, which was pretty close to heaven on earth. The coffee was so perfect and flavorful, and the foamed milk gave it just enough balance.
I was so excited to come across this knit graffiti in Rome! Of course, we already know how giddy I get over knit graffiti, but to see it on the other side of the ocean was pretty neat.
We found a pretty bead shop (one of a few) and spent quite some time oohing and aahing over the beautiful & diverse assortment of handmade beads. Beads are probably my favorite thing to buy when I go to a new place. They’re small, easy to pack, they tell a story about the place, and I get a craft and an accessory out of them. So fun. I loved all the glass baubles that were hanging from the ceiling of this shop! It had a very relaxed & creative atmosphere.
It seems that half of the houses in Rome are orange or yellow. I just love these colors, especially against their backdrop of perfectly blue sky. I also love all the shutters, the balconies, and all the extra little details. So many pretty things.