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Living like a Local in Italia: C’s Lifestyle

What were you grateful for this week? I am grateful for not being in complete control of everything all the time.

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week? The most challenging part of the week was having an anxiety attack in the train station after missing my train by 5 minutes.

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week.  My wow moment this week was when I wrote notes for the boys to read while they ate breakfast because I went out before they woke up.

Tell us about your week!  This week was another busy, busy week. Thank goodness for coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. Also my new favorite fruit, a citron. A citron is similar to a lemon, but is more of a sweet lemon.

I visited Ostia Antica, a HUGE area of a village of ruins. The day started out gloomy and chilly as we arrived just as the museum opened. The song birds were singing and it made for a beautiful morning. The ruins were filled with temples, bathes, toilets, schools, a theatre, tons of intricate mosaics, and even an old market spot. What I wouldn't do to spend a day in one of those bathing spots. I would love to go back and take in the serene atmosphere with a picnic and a book.

I visited the Colosseum again, and roamed the streets. Found a lunch spot with yummy red wine and got some pictures with some Roman soldiers. I got lost on my way home and happened upon the Trevi Fountain, which is absolutely stunning, but filled with tourists.

I saw my very first Italian movie all the way through at the cinema with my host mom and the boys. "Big Foot", I had to pay extra attention because I mostly had no clue what they were saying. A bunch of movies here are originally in English and the lips don't line up, which drives me insane.

I took an exercise class at a fun gym, trying to blend in with the locals. I don't think I did a super good job because the instructor did speak English to me, but what's a girl to do when she's utterly lost.

I visited Florence for the day and was blown away with the river, the ornate churches, and the beautiful outlooks over the whole city. The pictures can't do it justice, so I just sat there with my thoughts for most of the time. The outlook from the Piazzale Michelangelo is one you won't forget, also your bum and quads the next day. 

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