First Day, Third Year

I have never been abroad for more than three weeks at a time, and so after living in Rome for almost a month I’ve started to sense my travel routine kicking in with the familiar “it’s time to go home” feeling. It's crazy to keep reminding myself that I have three more months of navigating the public transit system, visiting museums and eating gelato on my way home from school. Today was my first “official” day of class and I am taking Italian 101 (naturally), The Sociology of Rome and two art history courses—one focuses on the works of Caravaggio and Bernini and the other is a survey of Rome’s “eternal glories.” I am most excited for the structure of my art history classes since they both prioritize site visits and split the week into a series of classroom discussions and excursions to museums. On Wednesday of last week our class walked to the San Luigi dei Francesi to see Caravaggio’s work in the Contarelli Chapel. That is another thing that has surprised me about living in Rome— the city is a complete palimpsest and everything is so easily accessible. The Vatican is a twenty minute walk from my apartment, the Colosseum is fifteen minutes from school and one day when I was blindly following my Google Maps in search of the closest Zara I heard an intense flow of water, looked up from my phone and laid eyes on the Trevi Fountain. 

In honor of the first day of classes I wanted to channel my inner school girl with this peter-pan collar and pinstriped shorts. I also have been looking for an excuse to wear some of my favorite white bottoms before the weather gets cooler and labor day rolls around (not that I take those rules to heart in the first place).