So at some point I decided to have a life and neglected posting my musings here (post about Salento in Puglia to follow). That said, today it is officially my 365th day in Roma and I have decided to go through some of the highs and lows of my…7th year abroad (5 in Italy from 2009-13 and one in the U.K in 2019). I will never forget how this latest Lizzie McGuire moment came about: a semi-breakup with someone that I was never really dating living in Rome (let’s save that for another time). Sad, cliched but true. That said, the moment I hounded the school for a job interview and spoke with my now director, I knew that this was something for me and no one else. I love teaching and knew that this was an exciting way to combine all my loves (sans boys though). In the leadup to my departure, I was running on adrenaline and the delicious fear of the unknown.
I left Australia as Melbourne went in lockdown 2.0 and drowned in the Roman humidity in my quarantine for two weeks. I felt completely alone. My housemates were away on holiday, I was barely speaking to the most important person in the world to me and my only friend was the fan that hovering precariously above my head.
Since then, I have fully settled in and feel a comfort here that I have not felt in a long time. As I sit here writing this at Osteria da Fortunata (treating myself to a divine carbonara), I feel like my year has been so rich and any list I create minimises how much I feel I have grown as a human.
That said, sporadic THINGS I have done:
- Driven around Tuscia (not Tuscany!) by myself for a week…and got bogged in my underwear.
- Driven around the Salento by myself…and finally seen the Puglia that I was never able to see many years ago when I lived there (another story). I even got a tan!
- Got fully vaccinated….yassssssssss!
- Been in promotional material, done voiceover work for a clinical laboratory.
- Got my healthcare card on my own! Took 6 months, and running around like a headless chicken but oh well.
- Taken on way too many tutoring gigs because I have the time.
- Taught Italian to Italians (and non) in Italy- Take that! (A personal dig at people who don’t believe in non-native languages teachers.)
- Undressed as many corners of Rome as humanly possible. (Going to write about my favourite corners soon)
- Turned 30 surrounded by my Italian family and loves.
- Laughed with my housemates (Italian fam), cried with my housemates and sung Marco Mengoni at the top of my lungs with my housemates.
- I am using this awkward number to say: found balance in so many areas of my life that I had never previously had – professionally, personally…………. 🙂
- Written a mini poetry anthology in my daily commutes.
- Stayed in touch with every person I truly love around the world.