Monday I met my new roommates in the B&B I am staying in, Julie and Jennifer. They are both 20, students at Cal Berkeley who are studying abroad in Spain this semester. They are both wonderful girls and we became fast friends. On Monday, I offered to show them around Rome, so we walked all over the place, taking pictures, getting lost down alleyways, and learning about each other. Julie and Jennifer didn’t really know each other before their trip, but you couldn’t tell. As Jennifer says, “Traveling with someone is like friendship on crack.” I’d like to think that they let me into their little group for a couple days!
The next day, while they were at the Collessuem and the Forum, I spent the morning sketching in ancient Rome. It was funny, I had tourists coming up to me and looking over my shoulder, someone even took a picture of me! I guess I look authentic? And then we met up again and had another extremely fun day. They have this wonderful travel attitude, “Make it Work”. Traveling is really difficult and things happen very unexpectedly. Its easy to get down or freak out. Or you can make it work. I personally believe that you have to be optimistic and know that things will work out for the best. For example, today is my last day in the bed and breakfast, and yesterday I had no idea where I was going to sleep tonight. But Claudia said she’d help me, and she did, and now I’m going to live with some guys that own a gelateria for a couple days (yum). I made it work!
After a long day of trekking around, we spent a long time in Giolitti, my favorite gelato shop in Rome, just talking and learning from each other. I see them both as very ambitious young women who are in similar positions to where I was at their age. I shared my experience with them, hoping that they can learn from my mistakes or misteps. Julie is a business student, and Jennifer is studying public health. The biggest advice I can give to young students like them, especially in such a competitive environment, is that you don’t always have to win in the short term if its a better option in the long term, and always follow your gut and intuition!
While at gelato, it came up that Jennifer loves Parks and Rec (whereas Julie is in a cultural wasteland when it comes to tv), and we share a favorite part.
So that became our motto for our time in Rome. Treat. Yo. Self. Gelato? Treat yo self. Pizza? Treat yo self. You get the picture.
After hours of extremely deep and lovely conversation and many laughs, we went out to find a good place to eat dinner, and we found a place that served wonderful homemade pasta.
Afterwards, we found a really cool bar that was waaaay too hip for us, but we went with it. They played a really awesome eclectic mix of music, had all kinds of beautiful people, and the mojitos were strong, my kind of place.
The whole day was really great, full of “treat yoself” moments, and I loved all of it. Julie and Jennifer are both fellow foodies and bloggers, so if you would like to check out their blogs, visit Julie at http://www.juliearoundtheworld.wordpress.com and Jennifer at http://www.jennifersmagicaltravels.blogspot.com.