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Roaming Around Rome: E’s Long Weekend

What were you grateful for this week? The opportunity to travel with friends! 

What was the most difficult or challenging part of this week?

The most challenging part of this week would have had to be navigating around Rome.

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week.  I can’t think of a specific “wow” moment, but since I was leaving for a long weekend, I tried to help out more than usual. Then, on Sunday, I watched the kids & put them to bed so the parents could go to their religionous ceremony. 

Tell us about your week!  This week was full of new experiences! This week with the kids, we spent a lot of time swimming, and catching rays in the sun. They were so excited to have their swimming pool set up, and to leave summer camp / school early each day. It also was really nice for me, because I got to enjoy the pool with them and relax! 

My host mom was also more help than usual, with planning my weekend trip to Rome! She gave me some really awesome tips (she saved us from getting ripped off by some fake tour guides), and even bought me snacks to eat on my train ride. I appreciated her help soooo much. 

Then, my weekend began early Thursday morning as I caught a train to Rome! In Rome, I was meeting up with V, C, & A! Our trip had started out a little rough with trying to navigate our way around, but once we figured it all out, things went really well! We saw a lot of famous sites, and I learned a lot about them (to be honest, I didn’t know much about them in the first place). We thankfully had everything planned out before, so we were able to see everything we wanted to see. 

V, C, & A also helped make my dream come true, by spending Friday night clubbing! I’m not 21 yet, so I had to take advantage of getting into clubs at 20, here in Italy, before I go back to the USA. We ended up finding a really fancy / fun club and spent hours dancing there. It was definitely a good first club experience! 

Saturday, V & I had a huge hiccup in our plans. I may have cried...a lot...but overall, it gave V & I a learning experience. We learned how to take control of a situation that was going awfully wrong, and how to not be afraid to ask (what felt like a million people) for help. We even were able to control our anger when the people were not so kind and purposely gave us wrong directions. I left Rome feeling a little disappointed, but SO grateful that I had V’s constant comfort and navigating skills in that situation. 

M Over all, I really enjoyed this week! I was able to take on new experiences, relax, make new friends, and gain more knowledge on another city in Italy!  

China Teaching
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