An Unofficial Guide to Rome

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An Unofficial Guide to Rome
Tips for survival and tales of my misadventures in the eternal(y dirty) city.
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  • Adventure in Abruzzo's Misty Mountains 1 year ago In spring of 2012, I was coping with some serious senioritis - trying to balance school-related stress, anxiety about the future, and a desire to fully enjoy (what I thought were) my last months in Rome. To escape the chaos of city life, I took refuge in Abruzzo, a land of icy winds and rocky...
  • When carnival comes late: The anti-clerical celebrations of Poggio Mirteto 2 years ago Every year, the Sunday after carnival, Poggio Mirteto, a small town just over 60 kilometers from Rome, celebrates what is known as Carnevalone Liberato, roughly translated as the Free Carnival. This year, the nasty weather held us off from departing for the festivities in the early afternoon as...
  • Holiday traditions and more cultural mish-mashing: My first Christmas in Italy 2 years ago Most years I head back to Michigan during the holidays for a brief snowy winter (very enjoyable when there for only a couple short weeks). This year, though, my husband and I stuck around Rome for the holidays. I love the idea of combining traditions and cultures to create our own unique customs. I...
  • New year, new gym: My time in Rome and how I finally found a gym to call home 2 years ago I'm not big on New Years' Resolutions. Most often they are driven by guilt, and seem to exist to just make us feel guiltier as life gets in the way of our high aspirations. I especially don't like when resolutions are related to health and fitness, because they're usually things like "lose x...
  • How to deal with the "I-hate-it-heres" 2 years ago After almost five years in Rome, I rarely get homesick. I miss my family and friends back home, and sometimes I'm nostalgic for places I no longer live in, but these days, I feel that Rome is truly home. What I do get is a bad case of something I like to describe as the "I-hate-it-heres". It's an...

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