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There really is not anything to say.
Honestly, I have so many thoughts and things to say before I post these, but once the time comes. It has sort of passed.
Below is a carrot cake that Tarnia baked and it is so moist and delicious, like omg.
Patrick cooked for 8 hungry ladies haha
Then we went to Angeli Rock and that is where I had a "grasshopper" which is basically a mint chocolate alcoholic beverage.
Once again I could not finish it.
The first few sips were yummy, but afterward..no.
So apparently there is a tradition here in Italy where people eat Gnocchi on Thursdays.
Kind of like Taco Tuesdays
Since I had lunch at my friends' apartment (more like finishing the cheese we bought with crackers and prosciutto - also another story about that later...ermahgerd)
I decided that I would make dinner that night of gnocchi and vegetables.
Lord knows we need them veggies.
I bought all of the ingredients
Gnocchi aint cheap, especially if it is fresh pasta.
Note: Fresh pasta floats as you know by now.
and went over to their place that night.
It is a simple recipe really of tomato sauce, basil, oregano, brown sugar, carrots, pepper, onion.
But seriously though, on the note of fresh pasta -
we had the Food Visualization and Representation class and we went to Eataly to tour around.
As she was explaining things about pasta to us, we passed by the area where fresh pasta is made and sold. The man had just made fresh tortellini and offered some samples to us...raw.
But, apparently, if it is fresh, you can eat it raw.
IT WAS SO GOOD. WTF.
It had like some type of cheese, pesto, or something delicious inside.
Dr. K bought us chocolate that seriously was heavenly.
According to Dr. K, you do not ever chew chocolate.
You just let it melt in your mouth to fully appreciate the flavor.
Duh. But still she taught us a lot of cool other stuff.
The 2 Most famous chocolate brands in Italy are:
She bought us Baratti&Milano hazelnut -infused chocolates that began to melt just from the heat from our hands. We popped them into our mouths and just...mmm o.m.g.
I ate 3 of those goodies.
"What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him?
To know that you are walking where none others have walked;
that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before;
that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere.
To give birth to an idea--to discover a great thought -- an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain--plow had gone over before.
To find a new planet, to invent a new hinge, to find the way to make the lightnings carry your messages.
To be the first--that is the idea.
To do something, say something, see something, before any body else--these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial.
What is there in Rome for me to see that others have not seen before me?
What is there for me to touch that others have not touched?
What is there for me to feel, to learn, to hear, to know, that shall thrill me before it pass to others?
What can I discover?
One charm of travel dies here.
But if I were only a Roman!
--If, added to my own I could be gifted with modern Roman sloth, modern Roman superstition, and modern Romanboundlessness of ignorance, what bewildering worlds of unsuspected wonders I would discover!
Ah, if I were only a habitant of the Campagna five and twenty miles from Rome!
Then I would travel."
An excerpt from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Formatted by Sarah Noh
Basically, I went to the Mercato Contadino (kind of like a Farmers' Market that happens every weekend) today with Lorenza, Camila, Nick, Mike, Drew, Gabriel ...
At the caffè over there, the guy that was working (super cute. first cute Italian guy. I must admit) gave me his number....
So how did that happen?
Basically, his uncle who is the owner of the caffè knows Lorenza's sister and they were chatting and I was there and then he said to me in Italian:
You need to learn how to speak Italian. If you want, Gabriele can show you around. Come Gabriele.
Gabriele, the nephew, came and gave me his number.
He looked shy but dang cute!
Later, Lorenza's sister told me that Gabriele is really shy and slow at these things, so his uncle was helping him out cause he could tell that he was interested in me.
And then she proceeded to explain how Italians are straightforward sometimes etc.
But whatever, I thought that was cool :P
Afterward, we went to a non-profit restaurant where volunteers come and make food and sell the food. The money made is used to maintain the place and for the food.
I had the 2nd course with bruschetta, lasagna al pesto, fritata di zucchine, patate al forno, vino.
It was delicious!
What is cool there is how you can bring your own bread to bake in their oven.
But anyways, will let the pics and video do the talking.
Place: Doppio Zero, Apartment
Time: Night to Early morning basically
Mood: Comfortable, happy
I literally eat the most out of this group LOL
For the first time ever (well this happened yesterday after cooking where again I ate the most even out of the guys) I heard someone ask me
"Where does it all go?"
I felt good from that somehow :P
But seriously though, I definitely eat the most bread, rice, pasta, cheese, desserts, etc out of them.
The only thing I don't in are the drinks.
Can't ever really finish it.
After aperitivo, we all went back to an apartment and began to play King's Cup with bottles of wine.
On the bright side, I got to try out a lot of wines
On the meh side, ... it is a lot of wine and I can barely finish one glass.
I just prefer food to drinking.
Ended up having so many glasses, but overall it was really fun.
Three of the girls went clubbing, while three of us stayed.
Just was not feeling it after all that wine and also I do not really dig a bunch of
sweaty, gross, old, creepy men trying to dance with you, touch you, etc.
Today was one of the extracurriculars that some of signed up for:
A Cooking Class in a Kitchen Studio.
It was comprised of an antipasti, main dish, and a dessert.
Honestly, it wasn't as great as I expected.
But it was still pretty dang awesome.
I have had a sushi class before and a cake decorating class before, so I kind of had a sense of what to expect, but I guess I expected more just because we were in Italy.
We did not necessarily get our own stations (although own cutting board and stuff, so I guess)
but we ended up making parts of a huge dish (takes a long time to make) and then
unified it to complete it.
So, what we made are:
- Padellotto di verdure
- Riso imbottito per 8 persone
- Mousse di ricotta al basilico con croccantino di mandorle
The 1st is basically roasted vegetables (eggplants, onions, squash, potatoes, etc) that have been coated with olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
The 2nd is kind of a lasagna except that it is made of rice layers.
It has a layer or tomato sauce infused rice, boiled egg slices, thick mozzarella slices, fried homemade meatballs, basil, and even more rice and more sauce etc. It is coated with eggs, butter, etc.
IT is SO HEAVY but SO DELICIOUS!
The 3rd is a dessert made of ricotta cheese, basil, lemon skin, honey, sugar, and crushed almonds.
I was literally the one that ate the most.
Even more than the guys.
Bailey was like "Where does it all go?"
I did not really feel that full until like 1 hour later though ironically.
It just was so delicious!!
Afterwards, that night we were to meet up with Jeannette and her friends again.
More people than expected turned up as you could probably tell by the photo.
On our way to meet Jeannette though in Trastevere near the Tiber River,
we ran into 2 Americans and 1 German.
They asked us if we spoke English and then just somehow we all ended up going
together to wherever we were going.
Overall, basically it was a lot of fun mainly thanks to meeting the three guys I feel like.
Because it just was too many people to be able to cope and to go out dancing or drinking as planned.
I felt bad for Bailey because it was her 20th birthday and we were going to celebrate, but
it sort of was like a surprise candle with a cupcake and then a lot of walking and we did get to drink (well I didn't) but there was no dancing or anything.
To make up for that, I had Camila and Jessica teach me how to Salsa a bit, so I was basically salsa-ing out on the streets haha.
The highlight though (besides the 3 new friends) was the chocolate shots.
We are definitely going there again!
I got the Spagnoletta or something which is basically a mint-infused alcohol.
The boys had something called a 69 just cause of its name.
Note: Italians are very touchy and open and can come off as super straightforward which I do not mind since I am straight forward. However, at times the whole touching part...mm.takes getting used to.
Also, I did a lot of Due Baci, the whole saying hello by kissing each other on the cheek.
Will write a post more about that and its culture later.
After the CLC presentation (where I signed up for a Graffiti Art Workshop, United Nations, and Italian-English Tutoring), we were to go on a scavenger hunt to compete for a special "surprise".
Basically, our team did our best.
We all did.
We came in second.
The prize: Food at the restaurant next door LOL
Honestly, don't have much thoughts or comments on it.
SOOOOO, on to the more interesting event of last night.
Every day is seriously still always a blur.
I have to constantly think:
"What did I do yesterday?"
"Wait... did that actually happen yesterday?
"Wait...how long have I been here?"
Side Note: I am definitely comfortable here now because my appetite came back like a vicious wolf
Shelby started to get ready for Vogue in Rome, so I figured I better start doing so as well.
I literally brought like no clothes to Rome.
I don't know...
I just thought I would try to be all humble and conservative by not bringing unnecessary things.
No brand names.
No accessories minus one pair of studs and headbands.
Just the typical necessities.
That also means that I have barely any outfits for nights out SUCH AS THIS ONE!
Thankfully, Shelby lent me her top and cardigan, soooo
yea that outfit is not even mine.
Only the black pants that I got right before coming from Abercrombie with Jihee&Cynthia
We met up with the other ladies at the metro station and off we went.
okay, so honestly, me being me, I literally thought that this was going to be like some Vogue Fashion Show or some crazy legit thing with a ton of beautiful people to gawk at including their clothes and such where I would feel even more average than I already do.
So apparently it is basically just a bunch of brand name stores (all along the center and streets of Rome) are open until later than usual and there is like this place to get drinks I guess like caffè and at times there are stores where they have a bar and champagne, but honestly, that was about it.
I mean it was definitely fun to see cause it was so busy, but uh.
Crowded and I felt slightly dizzy from the smoke smell and so many people.
But dang, there actually were some models.
Only they were mainly women.
Supposedly fantastic beautiful looking Italian men that my friends warned me about,
Where are you?
But then again, it really does not matter.
Not like I am racist, but I just feel attracted to Asians.
I really cannot help it.
So, I really doubt that I will fall for anybody here or have a fling.
Not my thing.
We then went to the Spanish Steps to be super touristy and just sit on them and chat.
It was pretty funny because one of my friends started this thing where she
takes selfies with couples that she catches making out in the background.
She got 4 couples in like less than 2 hours.
There was this like Asian guy that I noticed sitting on the steps while holding this bendy, plush sunflower thing.
No he was not cute.
Let me finish.
And I guess we all noticed him because after like 15 or so minutes of him sitting there,
he took out his phone and began to call someone after looking at the time.
Oh he is waiting for someone.
Thought he was waiting for someone to come up to him and just suddenly
pluck the flower from his hands and say: "Yes, I will date you!"
Well, I guess the person did not answer and never showed up because then
he got up after a few more minutes and began walking down the steps and away while taking off his top to reveal his wife beater.
He was still not cute. Stop.
And then I was like "Aww poor guy"
And my friends were like "Do you mean the Asian guy? Yea we noticed too X)"
We finally got up and began to go back home.
The metro station was closed, so we decided to figure out the night bus rather than taking a cab.
That was a struggle.
Literally was falling asleep on the bus.
But I digress.
Either way, it was a chill night out and I am glad to say that I do feel
Home at Rome.
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Tonight would be the night that we finally meet Jeannette's Italian friends (who had been begging her to introduce us) and we were excited as well.
Who is Jeannette?
She is a Filipino Intern at Roma Tre University. She speaks Italian very well because she was born in Italy and can speak English fairly well. She is such a sweetheart!
She told us that we would be meeting at the Beefeater Bar and that she would pick us up from the Garbatella Metro station on the white bridge side.
Bailey, Shelby, and I walked over there and later Mia, Cynthia, and Tarnia met up with us.
Jeannette drove up in her small car (all of the cars in Italy are small) and we all squeezed in.
It was like a clown car and somehow the funniest thing.
Illegal too btw.
Now, there is something that I failed to mention up there.
A friend had shown up to Shelby and my place with a bottle of rose wine.
Whe was just holding it and drinking from it which I thought was the funniest thing.
What was not so good is that she arrived to the bar while still holding the thing and she had drunken over half that giant thing!
We all introduced ourselves to the others and started chatting right away.
I will not disclose much more of yuhjahs side, but some of the guys on our program had shown up tipsy already -.- You could so tell.
Omg guys. Really...please do not do anything stupid...
We all went inside and ordered our drinks.
I got the Virgin Mojito which was delicious and without alcohol.
We all began chatting and later Cynthia and I went out with one of them to chat
and we had this whole multicultural conversation going on which was so cool!
He would speak in Italian (he is from Peru and understands and speaks Spanish btw and can speak English fairly well), Cynthia is Spanish, and me in English.
Needless to say, some of the boys pulled embarrassing stunts.
Oh man. Now we are the stereotypical drunk American college kids now.
To add on to it, a friend was gone by then and was cozying up to one of the guys who was not feeling it. Which again cracked me up. We walked her to her apartment which was thankfully nearby and we put her inside and then when were going to the bakery, she came ambling out again!
One of the Italians were like "Hey there is your friend!"
We were so confused for a few seconds to see a drunk her ambling toward us.
It was kind of cute and funny, but some of the others found it embarrassing apparently.
Needless to say, we put her back in.
But anyways, afterward, we went to grab a cornetto and I got one with hazelnut chocolate in it.
A fun night over all, but I feel so embarrassed on our behalf and Jeannette's because it is such a bad first impression I feel like.
We all agreed to hang out again, but hopefully it will not be a bar scene this time.
Afterward, we went to our first "Home at Rome" class where we met in front of the Altare Della Patria (Alter of the Fatherland) aka "Vittoriano" in Piazza Venezia.
On the way there though, I am thinking, thank goodness we do not live in the heart of rome.
At first I was disappointed because I expected to be smack in the city and see
cobblestones like in the pictures and such.
But it is so touristy in the heart.
You see tour buses everywhere, and it is more dangerous for pickpockets there and a ton of people just packed taking photos...smoke everywhere.
In fact some guy was like snooping around near our group.
He was so...gross. He kept staring at us as if waiting for one of us to
make a mistake and give him the opportunity of stealing from us.
Thankfully, he finally went away after waiting because we were taking too long and we all kept
giving him random looks of "da eff? we see you. can you please just...move.."
This MASSIVE monument represents the unification of Italy in 1870
and it has all these sculptures of Victories (mythical woman representing victory if she were to fly over you and such) flying above as well.
The marble is so precious and white and it was also infused with yellow and red marble which are more expensive and had to be imported.
They represent wealth and prosperity.
We were not allowed to sit on the steps or lean against any of the building.
I took a few videos, but since it was in class and because we could get arrested for having a tour guide/tour in the sacred building, I did not take too many.
After Italian and after buying stuff for ridiculous prices,
we walked to the main Farmers' Market and there I bought my first produce!
It is so confusing because I did not know which stand to buy from, but I chose
one because the man seemed friendly and I bought some apples from there.
At another one I bought tomatoes.
But the lady was so cute: she was trying to help me and was asking me if I was going to cook or just eat them. We did like this whole body language while I was saying random Spanish and Italian words hehe
Me: Voglio pomodoro per favore. Voglio mangiare questos...
What I love about the produce is that you know that is fresh and organic for sure.
You do not find pesticide-ridden produce there.
Afterwards, we went to the church that is next to it called the Aracoeli.
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS!
There were bodies buried underneath us so you could see the tombs on the marble floor.
You could see that the church was in the shape of the cross (layout).
Pictures would suffice more than I could ever say...
We continued our class by looking around the top of the monument.
We chatted about the difference and symbolism of the bare bricks of the church
and random buildings throughout the street with the new.
It basically represents how there is the history and to not forget it and such.
I thought that was pretty cool as it provided as a contrast whereas in America, we
only are obsessed with making everything maintained and beautiful.
At least in my city...
We then walked over the Pantheon and on the way
we saw the "Cat Sanctuary" (where cats somehow love to come) or where
Julius Caesar was stabbed to death.
Note: The Romans pride themselves in their water, so there are fountains literally everywhere where you can just drink from, fill your water bottle, etc.
It is not like the ones in America AT ALL.
Depending on the building, you can drink the tap water too.
We all drink the tap water from our apartments literally all the time.
The Pantheon: A place to worship/unite in a sense all of the Gods.
That is literally what the name means.
There was an original side door (refer to pic of just a brown brick wall) that was sealed shut
and a new one was made.
There are holes in the brick walls that show where there used to be
The circles and square pattern marble on the floor represent the circle of life and ...something else.
The marble was red and yellow representing the wealth.
The open dome ceiling would let in the rain that would never flood the Pantheon due to the way it was structured and built at a slight slant.
The time that could be told by the way the light shone...
The intricacy of everything was and is just amazing.
The only annoying thing about it is that it is packed with tourists and you see people with selfie sticks everywhere.
Note: The selfienator apparently hahaha
We parted ways after class to go do our own thing and so we went to the bookstore and just toured around the shops and stuff taking note of what we would want to buy as gifts for those at home.
Saw some random horse roller backpack that was apparently £729.50 "discounted" to £99.00.
The heck? I was commenting like "wth who would buy this" and the lady passing by
snorted a little. So I guess she was also a tourist who understood my English.
We eventually took the bus back to Bailey's neighborhood to go grocery shopping at Eataly
AND I SERIOUSLY UNDERSTAND NOW
why people say not to go shopping when you are hungry.
And trust me...we were all like super hungry.
This place kept reminding me of my dad because he and I love places like Trader Joe's, etc.
Just little niche places where you can see a huge selection of flavors and things for wine, butters, chocolate, biscuits, bread, cheese, etc.
This whole country in fact reminds me of my dad.
He loves Italian food and he loves to try out different wines, cheeses, chocolates, and biscuits.
I am just like him.
Miss you dad
And then I saw it.
Oh my glorious chicken.
Long story short, bought the chicken, pesto, cheese, chocolate, and stuff like that.
Took it home.
Devoured it like a hungry ***
You have no idea.
You would think I would be eating a lot here and I guess I am.
So that is how I am with chicken and fruit here literally.
Soooo on that note, ciao. (hahaha yeaaaaa went from some deep history to..chicken.)
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