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March 2008

Jim

Benvenuto a Roma!

Benvenuto a Roma! This marks the first official posts to my blog; however, I have been in Rome already over a month. I was jogging my memory trying to figure out where to start and I realized really just how much I’ve had the opportunity to do, including some of the most interesting and unique classes I’ve ever taken, day trips to Norcia, Sienna and Ravenna, and living in one of the most historical and fascinating cities in the world—ROME! I suppose a natural starting point would be to introduce myself. I’m a junior at St. Thomas double-majoring in biochemistry and Catholic studies and hoping to pursue a career in medicine. Yes, I know, Catholic studies and biochemistry doesn’t sound like your typical double major combination, but through reading some of these future posts the ways in which these two majors complement each other will become clearer. Now about Rome…
The people of Rome say that it never rains here and we were pretty much inclined to believe them being gifted with two solid weeks of sunshine as soon as we arrived! Coming from Minnesota and sub-zero temperatures you can only imagine how excited we all were to be walking by the Spanish steps, the Coliseum, and the Trevi Fountain wearing only a light jacket. The first free day we had to explore Rome was a whirlwind of walking from site to site and church to church. We left the Bernardi student house after lunch, and, still jet lagged, managed to squeeze what should be at least a week long ordeal into an afternoon. What an incredible introduction to Rome and what a blur to look back on. I don’t know that I can remember any specific details of that day except for realizing we managed to walk by one particular church at least a dozen times. They also say that all roads lead to Rome, but once in the city of Rome it takes either an incredible sense of direction, or a lot of trial and error to navigate the small winding roads. I fit into the trial and error category.
While I have so many interesting experiences many of them are each going to need an entry dedicated solely to themselves, so let me finish quickly by telling you a little bit about the Bernardi student house where the 30 of us are living, as well as some of the quirkier aspects. I must say Bernardi has greatly exceeded my expectations. My room is twice the size of my freshman Brady Hall dorm room with 13 foot ceilings, crown molding, and two huge double panel windows, one of which opens up toward the Fiume (river) Trevere. We share one bathroom between every two people which miraculously clean themselves every morning (thanks to the very friendly cleaning ladies), but which despite being immaculately clean always have a “unique” smell. What a beautiful gift it has been so far to be living with a group of students studying in different fields, but desiring to take seriously their faith, to find myself in Bernardi with its very own chapel and lets not forget…forever clean bathrooms!
Stay tuned for another update. I think I’ll pick an individual experience and dive into it in a little more detail.