This week was pretty uneventful, but fun. Monday was a long day. I had three classes and received the grade for another one of my Midterms. I did well and now I am just waiting on one more exam grade. Monday night, my school sponsored a food workshop by an organic food organization, Slow Food. We learned about different types of cheese and salami – how they are made, where they are made, and tasted it all. It was only €10 and well worth it. Another plus was that the presentation was in Italian, so I was able to continue to improve my Italian by listening to a different type of lecture!
Some of the food we tried
On Tuesday, we had a field study for my architecture class to visit a few churches. We saw six churches within a three block radius in an hour and a half – that’s what I call efficiency. We even went down a spiral staircase in one of them and saw the crypt. It was really creepy.
Tuesday afternoon, I had my film class. The scene I am shooting was moved up to next Tuesday, so we spent the majority of the class rehearsing and staging my scene. It was fun, but a lot of work. I can’t wait to try my hands at directing on Tuesday!
Tuesday night, I met up with a few friends to eat at an amazing restaurant in Monteverde called “La Gatta Magiona.”. It was really good. The pizza was pretty good. We each got a huge pie and shared a litre of wine for €9. Not too bad.
In our Italian class on Wednesday, we watched a movie called “Le Fate Ignoranti.”. It was a very strange and corny movie about a wife who’s husband is fatally hit by a car. When she is going through his things, she finds out he was married to a man at the same time he was married to her. It was your typical Hollywood movie with your typical Hollywood ending.
Wednesday night, Zach, my apartment-mate, and I went out to dinner with one of our friends, Tahli, who had friends in from New Castle, England. We went to a restaurant called “Da Tonino” which is 5 minutes from our apartment. It was really good and really cheap. I had pasta all’arrabiata and tried rabbit for the first time in my life. It is actually true what they say – it tastes just like chicken.
On Thursday, I only had my Italian class, but we cooked instead. Some students in our class cooked gnocchi from scratch while others cooked polpette. My group cooked tiramisu. I was responsible for whipping the egg whites into cream. It was a lot of work, but all the food turned out great and we enjoyed eating the fruits of our labor.
Thursday night, we met up with Tahli and her friends again for another cheap dinner at my favorite restaurant in Rome, La Montecarlo. I had a pizza pie and a potato croquette. It was phenomenal.
Note: This post was originally published on April 14, 2011 in a blog entitled “Romeing Around Europe” which chronicled my study abroad experience.