To The Girl I Was Before I Moved Internationally

Dear me,

I know right now that you are probably feeling a huge range of emotions that make you both want to cry, vomit, and also giggle. You cant wait to start anew, reluctant to leave the life you already have, and hesitant to even try getting down that god forsaken language. But trust me the emotional roller coaster hasn’t even begun yet.

There are things you need to think about before you step on that plane, things that we both know you haven’t quite considered yet. You don’t want to admit it but you are really only thinking about the positives, and you need to know that despite how happy your daydreams are, reality is rarely so kind.

You haven’t considered that you will be alone. You don’t even know how much you are going to miss your friends. I mean, come on, this isn’t like moving to a different state. You  will try to chat constantly and you will wait impatiently for them to wake up, and every time you have to hang up because you need sleep, your heart is going to break a little more. You aren’t going to see your best friend and despite how much you guys swear to stay in touch, you mostly only talk through Facebook posts now. You’ll probably see some of your family at Christmas, but not all of them. Basically, prepare to be lonely. For a while.

You don’t even understand how hard a language barrier is until you’re the one trying to break through it. Everything seems so much easier when everyone you know speaks the same language you do. You think “Oh everyone says I’ll pick it up quickly, I’ll be fine!” NO. You are going to wish that you had studied a lot more, and even now I am still tripping over sentences, and forgetting words that I have been taught a hundred times. And those looks, those annoyed eye rolls and the exasperated sighs of store clerks will make you feel terrible. You chose this path; now put effort into the language.

Yes, there are going to be days when you want to just drop everything and run onto a plane that will take you back. Yes, there are going to be hard days when you feel like nothing you do is going right and moving here was a terrible, terrible mistake. You can’t do it though. You can’t fly home and take the easy route. We both know that you are coming here, taking the hard way, because you know that the benefits are worth so much more then those horrible times. Here, I’ll even give you a little sneak peek for what to expect.

You are going to be fine. You are going to a university here and you will have wonderful friends who care about you. You’ll work somewhere you love, doing what you love, and that it self is fantastic. You’ll find that new friends are easier to make now then when you were in college. Yes your brothers and sisters aren’t exactly going to be able to visit you every holiday, but you’ll soon find that family doesn’t mean you share the same blood.  Yes you do drift apart from the friends you had back home, but once you go back to visit, everyone will welcome you with open arms, because real friendship doesn’t end at the shore. What I’m basically trying to say is, take a breathe and calm down. Yes its hard to be away from the people you love, but if that love is real, then you have nothing to worry about.

So stop anxiously pacing about near your folded up clothes and your new suite case. This journey may have its downs (like seriously you will be so down, you’ll basically be underground) but those ups are so worth it, you just might touch the sky. And seriously, start studying Italian. I’m not kidding about that.

Sincerely,

Future Andrea.

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5 annoying types of people you will (almost) always find at an Italian Aperitif

Italy is the worldwide known homeland of Aperitivo, an if you have been in Italy long enough you surely have been able to identify these 5 kinds of attendees which are infesting every aperitif or happy hour…

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Let it snow! 5 must-visit winter landmarks in Latium

Brace yourselves, winter is coming! Or, we should say, it’s already here. Temperatures dropped so dramatically during last week that Romans are experiencing somenthing very unusual: a real winter!

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Something “extraordinary” is happening in Rome!

Poor Romans! Without having had the chance to recover from the 2000 Jubilee, they now have to face a new, extraordinary one, 10 years in advance. Needless to say, out of the ordinary is also the tense and alarmist atmosphere in which this event is about to be held.

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Atrocity exhibition: Italians according to stock photography

This article will show a selection results a standard user can get by typing “italians stock photo” on Google. For your convenience, we will divide the photos in few categories, each one carrying a slice of how Italians are seen from abroad.

This is the way, step inside…

 

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A laughter will bury you all – on how romans are coping with their disfunctional city

There has been a lot of fuss these days about an article that appeared in the New York Times, which revealed a disturbing truth about Rome. For Roman readers, the article may have sounded something like: “Good morning American friends! Here is a revolutionary fact about the discovery of hot water!”; the second reaction was surely a combination of shame, sadness and embarrassment.

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New HQ Grand Opening!

On Saturday June 20th, we had the pleasure of hosting the Grand Opening of our new HQ located in the wonderful area of Monti, Via del Boschetto, 32. On the occasion, we also exhibited the winning photograph of the #WeAreTheGreatBeauty photo contest: Livia Hengel with “All eyes on Italy”, Stefania Marchini with “Roma no problem” and Valentina Iosco with “Piazza San Pietro”.

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Thank you to all of the members of the community that attended the event, it was a great success! Also, we would like to give a special thanks to Biblioteche di Roma, Rome Municipality (Assessorato Cultura e Turismo), Dante Alighieri Society and Radio Roma Capitale (in the person of Paolo Cento) for their sponsorship. We hope all those in attendance had a great time, and we have posted photos of the event!

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La Città Eterna

Another chapter of our From students to students! Today Mariko, a Japanese Rome enthusiast, describes the Eternal City in her own, very poetic, words.

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#WeAreTheGreatBeauty, the thousand souls of Rome in one photo contest

On the occasion of the grand opening of our new headquarters in Via del Boschetto, 32, we are happy to launch the photo contest #WeAreTheGreatBeauty, focused on the relationship between Rome, romans and foreigners.

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Participation is free of charge and open to everyone. The participation deadline is May, 20th 2015.

The contest is sponsored by Municipal Department of Culture and Tourism, Biblioteche di Roma and Dante Aligheri Society. Furthermore, the whole event will be followed by Radio Roma Capitale FM 93.00.

The best photographs will be exhibited and published.

Please read our terms and conditions and submit your photos!

We are really looking forward to take a look at Rome and its thousand souls and color from your point of view!

Nicknames in Rome

You might think I am going to provide you with the usual list of funny nicknames that romans use to give to their family and friends. And yet, if you follow us and got to know well enough Rome and Romans, you should have learned that the creativity of this amazing people goes far beyond usual boundaries. As a matter of fact, in Rome even monuments and neighbourhoods have their nicknames.

  • The Cuppolone watches you from above...

    The Cuppolone watches you from above…

    Er cuppolone. Ok, this one was easy, being one of the symbols of Rome, along with the Colosseo (another nickname, by the way, since its real name is Anfiteatro Flavio). And if you think about it, calling this enormous, white church “the big cupole” is far more expressive than referring to it with the name of a (yet most prestigious) saint.

  • ‘A machina da scrive – ‘a torta nuzziale – ‘a dentiera – er calamaio. It is impressive how many nicknames this controversial monument has been able to inspir during the last 100 years: in order, “the typewriter”, “the wedding cake”, “the denture”, “the inkwell”. Originally buit to commemorate the fallen soldiers of IWW, the Vittoriano gained consideration among Romans for its distinctive shape, which in the opinion of many stands completely unrelated to the urbanistic landscape of Piazza Venezia.

    It seems a typewriter indeed. A very big one.

    It seems a typewriter indeed. A very big one.

  • So geometric...

    Wow, so geometric…

    Er Colosseo quadrato. Being the symbol of EUR, the vast neighbourhood that Mussolini had built for the Universal Exposition of 1941, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana is indeed a rationalist reinterpretation of the famous amphitheater. With the usual perspicacity, Romans have been able to syntethize the main carachteristic of this architectural structure in just two words (“the squared Colosseum”). Chapeau.

  • This image actually doesn't give an exact idea of the size of this structure.

    This image actually doesn’t give an exact idea of the size of this structure.

    Er Palazzaccio. On the right hand side of Castel S. Angelo stands this huge white building, once the central Courthouse and now home of the Supreme Court. Its nickname, formed by the addition of the pejorative suffix -accio to the noun palazzo (“palace”), is due to its humongous size and to the fact that the entire palace seems built using rough stones.

  • That is embarassing...

    That is embarassing…

    L’Orinatoio. Parental advisory: here’s an example of how roman people can become amusingly blasphemous. Whoever had the chance to take a train from Termini Station, surely noticed this bizarre statue of John Paul II, which have been inspiring jokes and laughs since its inauguration, in 2011. To understand why Romans use to call it “the urinal”, a quick look at this awful example of modern sculpture is more than enough…

As you might imagine, this list if far from being exhaustive. There are many more statues (er Pasquino, er Babbuino, l’Abbate Luiggi, er Marforio), buildings (er Dado, ‘a Scala Santa, er Fontanone) and even neighbourhoods (‘a Subburra) that could have been part of it. Is there anything like this in your city? Reply in the comments! 😉