A week with the hubster…

A week with the hubster…

Well Erik arrived a week ago today, and luckily for me I had two holidays already scheduled off during this time and my boss has let me have 3 days in addition to that, so I have been off work almost the entire time Erik has been here!  We have taken it pretty slow and easy, taking our time when we do stuff, but still getting some sights in that we missed out on last year.  To start off we went on a nice afternoon tour that included Santa Maria Maggiore church as well as Saint John the Lateran (if I remember correctly) and also visited one of the Catacombs which was pretty cool (both literally and figuratively in comparison to the hot, humid weather outside).  We also went on an afternoon tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel which was nice but extremely crowded (even our tour guide thought so), so although we enjoyed it we were ready to escape as well!  That night we visited an Ice Bar here in Roma with two of my intern friends and were the only people in there, which can be attributed to the day we went (Thursday) but more importantly how early we went.  We had a blast though and it was definitely a new experience.  Erik and I relaxed on Saturday instead of going to Firenze for the day as we had initially planned, but the day off was much-needed and appreciated, and I can always show Erik around Firenze some other trip when we have more time.

Sunday morning we set off for an agriturismo retreat in the mountains north-ish of Rome in an area called Caprarola, right next to Lago di Vico.  It was beautiful and definitely relaxing!  The cool mountain air was refreshing and we just laid around our room and the idromassagio and relaxed the entire time.  We also had a lot of spumante so that increased our levels of relaxation. 🙂  We returned to Roma today and tomorrow Erik will attend a “work party” with me that celebrates the 4th of July and it should be fun to get dressed up and attend with some of the great people I work with.  Finally, you can find pictures from all of these latest adventures on our Flickr page as always, and now I must stop writing for leisure and get started on some homework!!  Ciao mi amici!

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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Finally, a new post!

Buongiornata everyone!

It has been way too long, but you haven’t missed out on much!  I have done almost no exploring so far, I have just been working and enjoying evenings at home reading a ton of books (that probably doesn’t sound fun for most of you but I haven’t had the time to do this kind of reading in many, many years)!  Some exciting news though!  An attorney who works here at the Embassy came in to my office last week and apparently thought I seemed like the responsible type because he offered to have me house- and dog-sit for he and his family from mid-July to mid-August while they are away.  I referred him to Shaun, one of the newer interns who is really cool and has a pretty difficult living situation, as he definitely needs it more than me.  It looks like that is going to work out great, but Mr. O (the attorney) came back in today and offered for me to also stay there!  It is a large 3-bedroom apartment so there is plenty of room, and I think it makes him feel better than two people will be able to take great care of this dogs (I think Shaun told me they are both blind?) and keep up with their routine.

I already paid my landlady through the end of July, but I think I will go ahead and let her know that I am leaving her place early and she can keep the full month’s rent, as this will still save me the two weeks rent of August which is about 225 euro!  Plus this place is a quick and easy bus ride from work so it is much more convenient.  Shaun is completely supportive of the whole thing so I think it is going to work out great (thanks Shaun)!  I am actually quite excited to spend my last month or so with a younger roomie, although my landlady is great.  I am also looking forward to some quality dog-time since I miss Charlie and Odys so much! =)

In other news, I am very much looking forward to Erik’s visit…he arrives in less than 8 days!!  We are still figuring out exactly what we will do while he is here but there are already some things on the list including having dinner with our good friends Dino and Daniela and their two boys (they are the owners of the vacation apartment we rented last year), a day in Firenze and two nights at an agriturismo in Caprarola.  He will also hopefully be attending the Independence Day celebration with me here at the Embassy!  Very excited for all of that and I really think we will have a great time.  I am not, however, looking forward to him leaving again.  But at least I have the new living situation and stuff to look forward to.

Work is going great and my supervisors seem more than pleased with what I have come up with so far, and I am being put in charge of the check-out process which our department has only somewhat-recently taken over.  I came up with an updated, more efficient and thorough process and my boss loved it.  I still think it needs some spit and polish but I am continuing to work on it as I type.  Well, I am sure that is MORE than enough than most of you care to read at once so I will leave it at that…ciao!!

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Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


First day at the embassy – journal entry

As part of my requirements to get credit at NMSU for this internship, I have to keep a daily journal.  I am maintaining this separately from my blog, of course, but will be sharing some posts with my blog people!  Here is today’s entry, from my first day of work!! (Just click anywhere here if you haven’t already figured that out!)

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Uncategorized


My room in Roma!

I am sooo happy with my big, bright room here! Plus the guy who stayed before me was some filmmaker/guide so he left quite a few guides and some cool books I am looking forward to reading! 🙂 Bellissimo!

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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


Siena And San Gimignano

Thursday, June 2, is a national holiday for Italy so we did not have school…however, I was able to take a tour of Siena and San Gimignano (and the churches were open) that was really cool! The church pictures are from within the Siena Duomo. The Chianti countryside was quite beautiful, and I really enjoyed San Gimignano! The piazza (square) you see is the main square in Siena and is where some famous (and ancient) horse races called Il Palio are held. There are also some photos of the books the choirs used at the Siena duomo, dating back to the 15th century. Please enjoy!! =)

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SiennaAndSanGimignano, a set on Flickr.

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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


Postcard-perfect Cinque Terre

As expected, Cinque Terre was beautiful! I was kind of bummed that I didn’t take a swimsuit as I have never been that close to clear, blue and green ocean water! However, it is definitely high season there and tourists were EVERYWHERE!!! I would love to go back during the low season. It also made me even MORE convinced that I need to go spend some time on Ischia, a small island off of the Napoli coast. Maybe next year? Anyway, I do definitely plan on hitting up a beach one weekend while I am staying in Rome, as the only other ocean experience I have had was Washington/Orca Islands, which is a MUCH different kind of ocean experience than sunny days and warm water! =) I am excited to see Siena & San Gimignano this Thursday, but with it being a national holiday here I am unsure what all I will be able to experience. However, something is better than nothing! I am also excited to head to Rome and start work next week, for many reasons, including that I keep thinking about how once I start work there will only be like THREE WEEKS before I see the hubster!! Hope you are all happy and healthy! Arrivederci!

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CinqueTerre, a set on Flickr.

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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Uncategorized


The Infamous Leaning Tower

Pisa, a set on Flickr.

I was not in the greatest mood, so let me preface this post with that. It was also gloomy and starting to rain a little, which did not assist in lifting my already-gray mood! =) I can now say that I have gone, however. I did not even try to go into the Tower, when I initially looked up tickets earlier this week it told me that not that many are available and when I tried to make a reservation, there weren’t any available until June! That is okay though, I still appreciate being able to see such a well-known and historic monument! Ciao!

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Uncategorized