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H Begins Her Adventure in Rome

What was your favorite part of this week? My favorite part of the week was definitely meeting my host family and making new friends. I have never traveled outside of Utah for more than 15 days and I have never traveled by myself so it was difficult to leave my comfort zone but I took a leap of faith and am loving every single part of the trip.

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? It was so hard trying to find ways to get around especially by myself. I really had to open up and be okay with talking to complete strangers. 

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. Viola is very interested with how I get ready, doing my makeup and my hair so today I did her hair. When she saw it in the mirror her face just lit up and she walked around the house showing everyone. It was the cutest thing and it just warmed my heart to see her really happy.

Tell us about your week! This week has been an adventure. I have already learned so much and I have only been in Rome for 5 days. When I arrived on Monday, Teresa and I had the hardest time figuring out how to get to each other because I didn't know where I was exactly and I had no service. It was kind of scary for me because I needed to learn to be more independent. Luckily Teresa and I found our way to each other and made it home where I met the kids. At first they were shy but it didn't take long for them to warm up to me and for me to warm up to them.

My new favorite thing is walking around at night by myself. It feels like I am invisible and I am just watching what life is like in Rome. I am so thankful that we live right in the middle of everything. Just outside our door is a piazza where they play movies every night in the summer and tons of people come to watch. It is fun to see everyone around enjoying each others company. Tuesday night I walked down by the river where there are tons of tents and bars and lots of people go to have a great time. I saw couples dancing and I just wanted to do the same. On Wednesday I waked into the center of Rome and went to the Pantheon and the Trevi fountain. Then I had the most delicious lunch at Al Moro's and I will never forget it. 

Spending the past couple of days by myself walking around, getting food, gelato, sight seeing, has all made me feel more confident but as much fun as it has been I really wanted to meet some friends and I did just that. Thursday night I went out on a limb and was invited to go out with some au pairs so I went to meet some complete strangers who are now nowhere near strangers to me. I loved the girls and we had a great night. 

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