When In Rome

The end of my Roman experience

by Yuli | May 22, 2010

Well. After four months of enjoying myself while studying in one of the most popular and cool places in Europe, I have had to say goodbye to Rome for a while. Rome is definetely a place that I recommend and that I want to go back to in the future.
Rome was not only Rome but a time of peace and noise in a balanced way, it was wallking down the streets and noticing the traffic but also the beautful Villas that give you a nice hideout to run away from the city. In that place, I found some truly good friends that have marked me for ever because Romans are so friendly that you cannot leave that place without saying that someone was so friendly or smiled at you for no reason. In four months walking through Rome, I found something new everyday, a new little cave, a new tree, a new medieval house…

Definetely going back!!!!

Thanks to you all for the follow-up on the posts, excuse my delay sometimes and here I am putting up the pictures from Amsterdam that I could not have for you about 3 weeks ago,

Arrivederci-Yuli

Typical street in Amsterdam

Typical street in Amsterdam

Me at one of the canals

Me at one of the canals

Houses next to the hotel I stayed in

Houses next to the hotel I stayed in

Pretty chapel I found on my way

Pretty chapel I found on my way

Downtown Amsterdam by the National Monument

Downtown Amsterdam by the National Monument

Park close to the Van Gogh Museum

Park close to the Van Gogh Museum

Beautiful canal that crosses the city

Beautiful canal that crosses the city

Distinct architecture in Amsterdam

Distinct architecture in Amsterdam

Amsterdam tulips!!!!

Amsterdam tulips!!!!

Our tour guide for the day

Our tour guide for the day

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Winetasting and Amsterdam

by Yuli | April 25, 2010

First of all, I would like to apologize for not having pictures to accompany my words this time but I promise I will get them in two weeks for you when I get back home. Time is flying and before I know it I will be boarding the plane back home once again :)

This time I want to tell you about one of the many memorable experiences I have had recently: a trip to the colorful and particular city of Amsterdam and a one-day trip to Civitella d’Agliano which is a little town still in Lazio which is the region where Rome is located, about two-hour drive from Rome including Rome traffic :)

The workers at the vineyard started by taking us into the main room where lunches and tasting takes place instead of taking us into the vineyard due to weather conditions where they explained to us how to pair wines with foods. The ones that I remember the most are “vino spumante” or sparkling wine which typically goes with appetizers and “vino muffo” (so sweet and delicious) which pairs up perfectly with pecorino cheese. After tasting twelve different types of wine and having an amazing buffet lunch, we headed back home in the bus where we could take glimpses of the most beautiful natural landscapes, meadows and mountains I have ever seen. Perfect sight, perfect food: truly a perfect day!!! 

Amsterdam

I decided to go to Amsterdam since one of my friends was looking for somebody to go with. I admit that I had no intention of seeing by myself the legal “freedoms” that the inhabitants of the city have. However, I gave it a second thought and I said to myself: why not? It’s Amsterdam!! It’s Europe!! So I went. I stayed there for about three full days and I got to see pretty much all the main sights. After finding out by myself that the city itself has a lot to offer and there is a lot to see, I changed many of the prejudices I inevitably had about the Netherlands.

One of the interesting facts is that the city has a great number of bikes and about 20.000 bikes are extracted from the water canals every year for different reasons. There are even special traffic lights for bikers so that they are treated just as the other drivers on the road. The city has a lot of historical bridges, canals and monuments. The historical architecture remains untouched on the outside since it is prohibited by the goverment to remodel on the outside in order to keep the historical outlay of the city.

Of course Amsterdam is very well-known for their liberal policy on drugs. At first, I actually thought that the majority of the inhabitants either bought or sold drugs which is not true; in reality, another city in Europe has the highest ranking in drug indexes.

Lastly, I could say about Amsterdam that I really enjoyed learning a bit of history and facts of the city as well as seeing the beauty of the canals, specially at night, trying their cheese and observing these particularities of the Dutch culture.

If you want to know something else or more in detail, just let me know through a comment.

Ciaooo

Yuly Chica

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Spring break: Greece and Madrid!!

by Yuli | March 28, 2010

Well well…  After some days of just resting and going to school, you might have guessed that the experience is not only about Rome right?

Actually,  Europe is so immense and so easy to travel through that backpacking is a very common thing to do here. I have tried to do as much as I have been able to and now I will share a couple of extra trips that I have done: Madrid and Athens!! I actually never thought that I would go outside of Italy until I found out that it was relatively easy to travel all over Europe. As the saying goes: “You never know when you are coming back”. Spring break came and well that is what I was meant to do.

Here you will see the best shots I got in Greece and Madrid, well, the ones I thought were the best ones which is different but I am sure you will like them.  These two trips came out actually at the very last minute when my roomate and other friends were looking for interesting places to go to and I was casually invited. It was only random or unplanned until the second I arrived there. There is always definetely a reason why you go and why you would come back once you think about the many unique and interesting features of each place, from the Acropolis of Greece to the beautiful parks of Madrid. Definetely not random.

Fountain in main park in Athens

Fountain in main park in Athens

Roman Forum in Greece. Located inside a park in ruins.

Roman Forum in Greece. Located inside a park in ruins.

Part of a Museum in the open-air

Part of a Museum in the open-air

Archeological site in Corynth

Archeological site in Corynth

Part of Acropolis

Part of Acropolis

Each month, an artist is picked in Madrid who is in charge of decorating the city with their artwork. This past month  Xavier Mascaro has been chosen.

Each month, an artist is picked in Madrid who is in charge of decorating the city with their artwork. This past month Xavier Mascaro has been chosen.

"Museum of Ham" as it is called, this place sells all kinds of traditional Spanish ham and sausage. Yum!!

"Museum of Ham" as it is called, this place sells all kinds of traditional Spanish ham and sausage. Yum!!

Me by the National Library

Me by the National Library

Cathedral of Almudena right in front of the Royal Palace.

Cathedral of Almudena right in front of the Royal Palace.

View of a park near the Royal Palace

View of a park near the Royal Palace

The most famous park in Madrid. Parque del Retiro. Amazing sight!!

The most famous park in Madrid. Parque del Retiro. Amazing sight!!

I truly hope you enjoyed these sights as I have and please keep an eye on what is coming!!

A presto

 

Yuly Chica

Rome sweet Rome

by Yuli | March 11, 2010

Hi guys!!

Here is a new post with the continuation of what I have been doing in Rome. There is a ton of things to do and I would never stop uploading all the pictures I have so I picked a few that I believe are very memorable.

Very soon I will be leaving Italy to go to Madrid and Amsterdam for Spring Break so I promise at least ten more pictures for you to stare at!! Well…besides the shots you will see, I have also been studying and working a a couple of hours here. There are responsibilities as well apart from “la dolce vita” that many people say Italy is all about, although life is indeed very sweet with all the richness that fills up the nation in terms of art, architecture, gastronomy and fashion!! You will see why I mention it. The shop windows are such a tentation everyday. I had never ever before felt so tempted to buy so many items at a store like I do here. It is definetely not overrated to confirm all the fame that Italy has in infinite  aspects.

Only walking around everyday, you are able to discover many new things and such a ton of history, pieces of art at the stores, infinite choices for pizza, for a snack and for eating out among many more. Talking about food, here there are some curiosities and tips for living in Rome:

An average dinner out is not too inexpensive but you can still get very good deals depending on the places and if you go to the little supermarkets and cook for yourself at home, you can get to eat for as little as 17 euro a week or even cheaper. Pasta makes shopping  easier because it is really inexpensive. In fact, at the supermarkets you can  get all types of pasta and a lot of them are only cents of euro. Also, Italians eat lots of sweet bakery and it is typical for breakfast. It is very yummy though. There are at least a million different types of pastries and they are all great as well as yummy gelati (icecream).

Living in Rome is definetely an experience that you do not want to miss.

Here there are the pictures I promised and I hope you enjoyed reading this short but sweeettt post,

Ciaoo!!

Me at a park called "Villa Borghese". Big and beautiful park.

Me at a park called "Villa Borghese". Big and beautiful park.

Me enjoying one of the million yummy icecreams :)

Me enjoying one of the million yummy icecreams :)

One of the wonderful buildings along Viale Trastevere around where I live

One of the wonderful buildings along Viale Trastevere around where I live

Me at the top of the Saint Peter's Basilica!! Incredible view

Me at the top of the Saint Peter's Basilica!! Incredible view

Interior design and carvings at a Church

Interior design and carvings at a Church

Check this out!! Trendiest clothes ever!!

Check this out!! Trendiest clothes ever!!

Me inside the same Church

Me inside the same Church

Sculptures at famous Piazza Navona

Sculptures at famous Piazza Navona

Typical Italian streets. The tight little streets are called Vicoletti

Typical Italian streets. The tight little streets are called Vicoletti

Hope you liked them!! Let me know :)

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Picture time!!

by Yuli | February 21, 2010

Colosseo RomanoPiazza NavonaBorgoBorgo di TragliataCastle in FlorenceCutie piggie

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by Yuli | February 3, 2010

After all these days without posting, I bet you guys have wondered what I have been up to in Rome… Hmm…. Actually I have not done a bunch of trips like most of my fellow classmates have but I can boast having gone to many places in Rome and even Firenze!!

Firenze which is Florence in English is a small, neat and beautiful city that is located North of Italy. I decided to go there because it sounded to me like a very different “plan” compared to my initial travel plans. These days after my sickness I have been trying to catch up on school work, trying to write for you guys even though I do not have my laptop back yet :( and of course go around Rome and explore the Italian culture as long as I can.

Later on this week, I will be putting up lots of pictures when I get a chance but for now let me tell you fun stuff about Rome:

First, the Gelato is the best I have ever tried which I think I mentioned at some point before!!

Second, Italians are not xenophobic at all and are very friendly to tourists since Rome is obviusly very touristic.

Third, the public transportation here is amazing!! You can travel anywhere in Rome without owning a car and people are friendly at giving directions.

Last but not least, the fashion, the food and the readiness of transportation even to travel to other countries makes Rome one of the most attractive spots to travel to. I talked to several of my Study Abroad mates outside of class. We actually had a conversation about why people chose Rome for their study abroad semester and most kids are most happy with the fact that Rome is more accessible to travel to and from when considering leaving Italy.

In fact, let me tell you that I will soon be going to Greece, Spain and then Ireland!! It is all booked and ready :) I am so excited. Imagine never been anywhere else besides The Bahamas and the United States and now going to Spain and many other countries in a totally new continent very far away from home. I will be taking advantage of these many opportunities for the next couple of months and I hope you follow me on the journey!!

Thanks!!

Primi Giorni a Roma

by Yuli | January 16, 2010

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The Vatican

Bridge nearby in Trastevere

After waiting for probably the longest eight hours of my life in Washington D.C, the plane landed in Rome last Monday at 7.45 am. A couple of minutes later after getting off the plane, I went to claim my luggage for which you had to take a train to get to the terminal. That is of course where I realized that I had a terrible flu and that I would not stop sneezing for five minutes straight. I was a bit confused but I just followed the crowd and listened carefully. I was so exhausted and felt so much like sneezing that once I had my luggage, I went right outside hoping to get to my destination very shortly after. Unfortunately, one of the holders of the bag would not work and that just sort of made me stronger to carry all the stuff outside for some reason. Still, I was supposed to take the train when I thought it was over!! A guy spoke to me in Italian something I know I understood but then I got lost for some reason I still can´t understand, asked again and then found the train!! Aleluya then, fortunately, I paid the ticket, got on the train and my tired hands didn´t have to feel the pain of dragging the suitcases all the way down to Stazione Trastevere which is the station where I would get off. Luckily for my hands, I found another kind Italian guy that helped me carry the bags. Ultimately, I got to Trastevere Station safe and sound ready to experience Rome. There, everything started when I met Andrea, who picked me up right inside the station and started to show me around a little. The changes were truly evident.

Even though I had a terrible flu since the first day, I have not wasted time and I will be posting pictures very soon of what I have done. Rome is an incredible city to sightsee especially at night time.

Alla prossima!!
Yuli Chica