Finishing the Fall

My fall semester is rapidly coming to a close: I have finals next week, and yet I’ve also done so much between my last post and now!

The rainy November weather here in Rome creates the perfect atmosphere for visiting museums. While my MIC card grants me access to so many amazing museums, it’s impossible to deny that some of the greatest museums cost a few euros to visit. I finally made my first visit to the Vatican Museums and after seeing everything, I know I need to keep coming back (especially since the student discount makes it that much easier)! I could have an entire blog post of just photos from here, but I plan to make a more comprehensive post after a few more visits.

A portion of the ceiling of the Room of Eliodorus with the Liberation of Saint Peter, both painted by Raphael.

I also visited the Museo di Roma, which is hosting the temporary exhibit “Klimt: La Secessione e l’Italia” (“Klimt: The Secession and Italy”) until March. While ancient and Neoclassical art has always been my favorite, this exhibition felt outside of my usual aesthetic comfort zone while still sparking my curiosity.

Judith I by Gustav Klimt.
Portrait of a Lady by Gustav Klimt.

I’ll be honest and say I’ve spent more time preparing for the end of the semester than seeking more adventures. However, in that mundanity, I’ve noticed just how far I’ve come since I first settled down back in September. I made a handful of friends and I’ve grown more confident with my Italian. Both of those combined have helped me enjoy all of the great food Rome has to offer, such as:

Bubble tea in front of the Pantheon,
A gyro from one of my favorite restaurants in Prati,
And crêpes and hot chocolate with friends after a long day of classes.

The end of the semester also meant that I had an opportunity to share the prints I made in my Darkroom Photography class with the rest of the student body in the Student Showcase.

The five prints I selected for the Student Showcase. It was so great to share a semester of hard work with all of the other study abroad students!

I also finalized my course schedule for the spring semester: Latin and Greek, Ancient Roman Historians, From Constantine to Mohammed: Art & Architecture of the Mediterranean from the 4th to 8th Century AD, and Women, Literature, and Art: Artemesia Gentilesci and Anna Banti. I am already thrilled about these classes, but first… I have to enjoy my winter break! I cannot wait to share it with you all once it finally begins!

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