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🗝 M3’s Unforgettable Weekend in Rome

What were you grateful for this week? Google Maps!!

What was the most challenging part of this week? The most challenging part of the week was navigating a weekend trip. 

Tell us about a "wow" moment you had this week. The two girls I’m watching and I made valentine cards to use for celebrating Valentine’s Day with the family. 

Tell us about your week!  This week was pretty difficult. During the beginning of the week [my host mom’s] mother came and watched the kids. Don't get me wrong — I love having more of the family over, they are all so sweet and caring and it also keeps the kids more occupied which makes my job a little easier. However during the week the grandma did a lot of what I was supposed to do in the morning and [my host mom] did not really like that, so there was some frustration there but it got worked out.

[My host family’s son] and I have gotten really close, he now tells his mom that he wants to hang out with the "english girl" all the time. He calls me that because he can't really pronounce my name. He will always be around me and will always grab onto my legs and won't let me go, it’s really cute. 

One of the other nannies is having some problems, because her main job is to help with [my host family’s son] and cook dinner but she doesn't really do any of that so I've basically had to step into her shoes. 

This weekend was incredible though, I got to see Rome for the first time. J, B, and I took an overnight bus friday night and arrived saturday morning, checked into our hostel and spend the whole day sightseeing. We hit up almost every major thing there is to do in Rome on the first day. by the end of the night we were exhausted. I got to try some new foods as well, [my host family’s daughter] (the oldest of the three kids) was telling me about this pasta that they have Rome and it’s to die for, she called it "yellow pasta.” My family made it for me the first night I was here as a first real Italian meal kind of thing. In Rome it tasted a little different, but I decided that yellow pasta isn't my favorite. it is very heavy and I like light pasta. 

Sunday was my favorite day, it was very chill and although I loved seeing all of the beautiful things on Saturday, Sunday was a day you really got to just enjoy the area without a schedule. After we woke up, we went and saw "the keyhole" — it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen and by far my favorite part of Rome. We then went to the orange gardens right next to it which was just as beautiful. It was really cool because my host family used to live in rome, so when I went for the weekend they gave me all of the tips and tricks and the best restaurants to go to. We then had gelato and then ate and this really cool restaurant that we just kind of stumbled upon. 

One of the coolest things about italy is that the majority of the time you stumble upon what will turn out to be your favorite restaurant, or your favorite gelato place or book store. It makes it that much cooler that there’s so many little stores everywhere so it’s fun to go around and try them all. We had a crazy night sunday night because we needed up missing our 8 hr bus ride home, and after a lot of panic and stress we called the place and rebooked tickets and I walked in the door at 7:15 am, and started working at 7:30. This trip was crazy and has 1000 more stories and details that I could talk about, I loved every second of it.

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