Arrival in Rome and first thoughts…

While the apprehension for this trip and the success of it is still there, I can feel it melting away to excitement to return to Rome. I think the waiting area populated by dozens of Italians with their endlessly interesting language and over-exaggerated expressions and gestures has brought it on.


I Woke up this morning at a comfortable hour considering jet lag (8am) and laid there for a while thinking, “wow, is this really happening?” This is the first morning of an adventure I won’t likely forget for the rest of my life. I know the days will go quick here, and I’m going to make a ton of friends, and meet countless more, but every step in a foreign environment creates a vivid memory for me which is why I love traveling so much. As you walk down side streets and alleys, and try to find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that you’re starving for, you’re really exploring the side streets and learning about how you react in different, unfamiliar environments.


So I laid there some more and got to thinking, “how does my dad do this?” We had nothing scheduled for the day besides getting over jet lag and stopping my Mikki’s Michelanea at 1330 for lunch. What are we going to do with our time here, and what can we do to make the most of it. I’m really ready to hit the ground running, and did all sorts of groundwork back home in Seattle to make it possible once I got here. But what does that really mean? I guess we’ll come to find out over these next few days.


Pat and I eventually made our way to get groceries and pick up some Italian SIM cards for our cell phones. With this last puzzle piece, I believe we’ve made it possible for those in the US to call our 1888 WSA Euro number, have that connect through our phone service to Skype which then gets forwarded on to the cell phone in my pocket while we’re on the ground in Italy. I hope it works!


 But about now, it feels that each individual thought has to tread through buckets of molasses to come to fruition, so I’m going to sign off, and stare blankly at the carpet. 


Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

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I chose to do this rather than book my own trip in Rome - I wanted to experience one organized/sight-seeing trip rather than a relaxing vacation like many of my others had been. Two friends and I signed up for WSA Rome and don't regret a thing. We met wonderful people, were led by an awesome tour guide Rhianne, and got to see everything I wanted to see in Rome. Plus eat all the best food. There is an optional dinner on the last night that we didn't do right away, but we ended up going to it, and it was SO worth the 20 euro. I made memories and friends, and got to see a beautiful, historic city thanks to WSA!!

Mallory Dirks, Simpson College ~ University of Roehampton, London, Fall 2015

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