Saturday, May 14, 2011

Arrival to ROMA!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

After a long flight from Cleveland to DC to Rome, we finally made it to Rome Airport at 8:30 AM.    After finally getting off the plane to look out the window, all we could see were airplanes, construction, and trees in the distance. Reminded us of what any other city in America looks like when getting off the plane!!  We were extremely anxious to see what Rome had to offer.  Once we went through customs and found our luggage we had to wait for the ISA (International Study Abroad) representatives to come pick us up.  In the mean time we found other ISA students waiting to be picked up.  We all sat and chatted when finally 2 women with big smiles on their faces came forth waving signs that said “ISA.” They introduced themselves as Lucia, the Resident director, and Perla, the assistant director.

Once everyone arrived we boarded a charter bus and headed into the city to our hotel, Grande Hotel Palatino.  All I have to say is that Italian drivers are CRAZY!  Once we arrived to the hotel we were told to drop off our luggage and go to lunch since we were unable to check into our rooms until 2:00 PM.  We ate at a caffe down the street from our hotel where I had a Café Americano (so strong!) and an Eggplant and Mozzarella Panini.  Both delicious choices!

At Cleveland Airport ready to board our flight to DC

We were finally able to check into the hotel to get ready for Orientation and a bus tour. The bus tour made it difficult to see everything that the tour guide was pointing out, since we were in a charter bus.  We went past the Colloseum, Piazza Venezia, Villa Borghese, Arch of Constantine, and much more.  Tomorrow we have a 3-hour walking tour and will be able to see much more, learn a lot more about the history, and take beautiful pictures!

For dinner we went to a ristourante off the main street. I ordered Spaghetti A La Carbornara, and Rome specialty. The night ended with Pistacchio Gelato.  Now with 36 straight hours of being awake, it is time for my first nights sleep in Italy!!

My first Gelato in Italy :)


Molly Jean

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