Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Sorry I've been off of the web world for a while. I promise I'll be good about posting relevant diabetes things and happenings in my new life. I just started my semester of student teaching at Afton. More will come about that later.

First things first. I got to go to ROME to visit Charlie. He is studying at the Pontifical North American College (P-NAC), finishing up his theological studies for the priesthood for the next 4 years!

The trip was incredible! I had never been to Rome before, let alone out of the country. The flights were long but definitely worth it. We walked everywhere, which got kind of tiring for mom, but good exercise. The sites and churches were unbelievable. Even the food was great except..... it was all carbs.

So is life! I just had to watch my portions. Had to pick from the second course menu at most restaurants- the meat page- it was tough passing up some of those pastas. But definitely not a big enough damper to put on the whole trip.

Pre day 1:
After 22 hours of traveling from St. Louis to Chicago to London to Rome Charlie finally picked us up in the airport. Mom started sobbing- not surprising. It made the long hot flights worth it. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" helped as well. Charlie met us with diet coke and chocolate then gabbed to the taxi driver for 40 minutes back to the NAC. It was VERY weird to hear him speaking such fluid Italian.

Charlie speaking well lasted the whole trip, from reading directions to ordering in restaurants, it was a godsend. We finished the night with dinner at a neighborhood place at then brought Mom back to the convent where she was staying. Charlie and I stayed up for a while talking later, which we usually did, but hit the sack to get up for a busy day.

Days 1-2
We spent the majority of the first two days walking around the area looking at churches and eating. ha. We hit (sorry I'm fuzzy with names)

St. Peter's
Carmelite Church
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva- sweet
Castle Sant Angelo
San Andreas
The Jesu- also mega sweet
San Ignatio
Church of the 12 apostles
St. Louis
and many more

We saw incorrupt bodies, yes, bodies of saints that had not decayed.

One of them, from 1700, at all

We ate at similar places. Mom, and Charlie and I had breakfast at our residences but were along for lunch and dinner. The second full day we took a day trip out to Orvieto, a cool city on a hill about an hour north of Rome by train. Talk about a great place to observe people and a different culture- the train station.

Everything was so new and exciting. We walked around this city on a hall all afternoon and visited the duomo (big main church). When I say we saw churches, I don't mean the St. Claire of Assissi Chip and Dip variety in Saint Louis. I mean the flex-your-Catholic-over-pagan-monument variety.

O, and Charlie was drinking wine with every meal. weird.

I don't want to overload anyone with information, so I'll add successive days each day this week when I get home from Afton. Also, I'll try to get some pictures up on here of me and the fam in Roma!

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