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Arrivederci a Roma

My final goodbye to the eternal city

With the craze of people running, hustling and bustling about trying to pack, I have managed to sit still and collect my thoughts as I sit here in the Information Commons (for perhaps the last time) at the John Felice Rome Center.

It's weird. I remember when I sat at this very same computer on September 2nd, looking around and seeing almost all unfamiliar faces. Looking around now, I can proudly say that these are some of the best friends that I have made. In my journey through 17 cities in 7 different countries, I've seen a lot, experienced a lot, and made some pretty solid friendships. We've traveled all over Europe and seen so much of the world that we've only dreamed of.

My semester was so surreal; my life felt like a dream. (This semester feels like a lifetime. I swear once you get into this JFORCE time-warp, it completely throws you off.) It was so unbelievably amazing. I just said I went to 17 cities in 7 countries-like what? Me? Karishma? And it all started here, in Rome. Up until last week, I said I wasn't going to miss Rome at all. But as I started my final countdown (that's right Beyonce, you're not the only one who has a countdown) I learned to appreciate what I won't have the luxury of seeing everyday. Sure, I bashed on the dog shit everywhere, the cobblestone and cracked grounds, the inefficiency of transportation and the siestas. But I also will miss stumbling upon the beauty of the Vatican, the loud Italian culture, the delicious gelato, and believe it or not, I'll miss JFORCE. It'll be weird not having my classes, my dining hall, a Skype lab, a bookstore, a bar, a gym and all my friends in one isolated building. LOL

I'm really grateful I had the opportunity to study abroad. And I will probably be eternally grateful to my parents for fostering my education in ways I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I've changed, I know I have and it's for the better. I've become more open, more outgoing, more intelligent, but most importantly, more cultured.

After these short, but amazing 3 1/2 months, it's time to go home. Arrivederci a Roma, until we meet again.

Posted by kbali 05:29 Archived in Italy Tagged home italy day rome last

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