Tag Archives: Rome

There’s My Salsa Dancer

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Salsa Night has begun with our energetic teacher Maurizio!

Salsa Night has begun with our energetic teacher Maurizio!

He start off with the basic step for those who have never done this before.

He starts off with the basic step for those who have never done this before.

TURN. Another basic step the students learned.

TURN. Another basic step the students learned.

Gianni got in on the fun too!

Gianni got in on the fun too!

The room was packed with dancing feet

The room was packed with dancing feet!

Everyone got a partner and formed a circle and learn the "cuban opening"

Everyone partnered up, formed a circle, and learned the “Cuban Opening”.

There were too many girls so two Italian women volunteer to do the man's part.

There was one too many women so two Italian women volunteered to do the man’s part.

Gianni helped some students out who were having trouble with some steps.

Gianni helped some students out who were having trouble with some steps.

At the end the Italian dancers put on a show. They were very good!

At the end, the Italian dancers put on a show. They were very good!

The Salsa Night Group. Everyone was an amazing and sweaty time!

The Salsa Night Group. Everyone was having an amazing, sweaty time!

Christmas in Rome

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Temple Rome has got the Christmas Spirit!

Temple Rome has got the Christmas spirit!

Romans are getting ready Christmas! This one I saw on my way to the Christmas Market

Romans are getting ready for Christmas! This one I saw on my way to the Christmas Market.

Christmas Market at Piazza Navona

Christmas Market at Piazza Navona

Hot Wine?!? It's delicious. It's called Vin Brulé with a bit of cinnamon and apples mixed in.

Hot wine?!? It’s delicious. It’s called Vin Brulé with a bit of cinnamon and apples mixed in.

What is a Market without lots and lots of candy. And Cotton Candy!

What is a market without lots and lots of candy? And cotton candy!

In Italy the witch a.k.a "Befana" is a tradition that occurs on Jan. 6th. Stockings are placed near a window and the Befana brings gifts to the good kids and coal for the bad kids.

In Italy the witch a.k.a “Befana” is a tradition that occurs on Jan. 6th. Stockings are placed near a window and the Befana brings gifts to the good kids and coal for the bad kids.

The city lights on the way to dinner! All Italian towns are decorated of the season!

The city lights on the way to dinner! All Italian towns are decorated for the season!

A Swedish Christmas Dinner. Our Swedish friends invited us over to share a traditional Christmas dinner in Sweden.

A Swedish Christmas Dinner. Our Swedish friends invited us over to share a traditional Christmas dinner in Sweden.

The Swedish sing songs during the dinner and toast after every song with a special liquor.

The Swedish sing songs during the dinner and toast after every song with a special liquor.

Finally, my favorite part, the dessert! Swedish cookies, Swedish rolls, and Swedish cakes. Everything was delicious!

Finally, my favorite part, the dessert! Swedish cookies, Swedish rolls, and Swedish cakes. Everything was delicious!

Our School’s got Talent!!

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A Toast before the show!! --Italian Style

A toast before the show!! – Italian style

I Love it!! The shows opening set the tone for the night!

I love it!! The show’s opening set the tone for the night!

Mackenzie and Trip singing "Lucky"

Mackenzie and Trip singing “Lucky”

Eric and Andrew performing their version of  "We Know"

Eric and Andrew performing their version of “We Know”

Miles rockin' it on the guitar...With his TEETH!!

Miles rockin’ it on the guitar…with his TEETH!!

The Models: Fashion Show by Temple Rome Apparel

The Models: Fashion Show by Temple Rome Apparel

Adesola doing "Amazing New"

Adesola doing “Amazing New”

Stephanie singing "Bittersweet Pain"

Stephanie singing “Bittersweet Pain”

We got a celebrity in the house! BEYONCE!! Performing with 3 amazing backup dancers!

We got a celebrity in the house! BEYONCE!! Performing with 3 amazing backup dancers!

Show Finale! What an amazing show! Everyone was great!

Show finale! What an amazing show! Everyone was great!

The Italians’ First Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving my roommates and I wanted to share the tradition with some friends and "first-timers". 4 Italians, 3 Swedish, and 1 Belgium. Everyone was asked to say what they were thankful for.

This Thanksgiving, my roommates and I wanted to share the tradition with some friends and “first-timers”. 4 Italians, 3 Swedes, and 1 Belgian. Everyone was asked to say what they were thankful for.

Risotto with Butternut Squash  as our first dish - it got a bit messy...

Risotto with Butternut Squash as our first dish – it got a bit messy…

My roommates first time making the turkey was a success!! Everyone Loved it!

My roommate’s first time making the turkey was a success!! Everyone loved it!

We gave the Italian the honor of cutting the turkey

We gave the Italian the honor of cutting the turkey.

The Thanksgiving Table -Stuffing, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Corn Bread, Turkey, Mushroom Gravy, and our version of "cranberry" sauce.

The Thanksgiving Table -Stuffing, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Corn Bread, Turkey, Mushroom Gravy, and our version of “Cranberry” Sauce.

Like everyone Thanksgiving, everyone was super stuffed!

Like every Thanksgiving, everyone was super stuffed!

The Italian Boys on their first thanksgiving

The Italian Boys on their first Thanksgiving.

The girls on the thanksgiving.

The girls on Thanksgiving.

My roommate made Apple Crisp and Cranberry Bread for Dessert.

My roommate made Apple Crisp and Cranberry Bread for dessert.

My Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake that I always make for the holidays!

My Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake that I always make for the holidays!

Travel By Yourself!

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Traveling by yourself is an absolutely terrifying experience. When you travel with friends, the responsibility is at least partially deferred. You might have to get the flight, but someone else can find the hostel! I don’t have to figure out how to get to the city from the airport an hour away! Traveling by yourself means that all those responsibilities are yours, but it is so incredibly worth it, if only to prove to yourself that you can do it. In the final weekend before the end of the program, I decided to take a trip by myself to the city of Fès in Morocco.

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While taking trips by yourself is amazing, it’s also terrifying for parents. When I told my mother about it, I knew she was going to be worried. Through in some paranoid family friends who had ‘one time seen a movie where something bad happened in Morocco!’ and it’s a worrier’s worst nightmare. Traveling by yourself can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but just be safe about it. Plan in advance, know the local culture, and just don’t be a jerk and you should be fine!

Morocco was unbelievable. It was so different from the European cities I’ve visited so far, but that was definitely a good thing at this point in the semester! The center of the city is all the original medieval structures, which makes for a very confusing layout for tourists! I didn’t have many problems navigating, if you don’t count about an hour lost trying to find my way out of the Medina the first time I went in!

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Plus, I got to play with monkeys! A trip up to the Atlas Mountains was a great break from the bustle of cities. We visited a beautiful park with waterfalls, a lake, and last and most fabulously the forest where you could play with monkeys. They were a lot friendlier than I thought they would be, but with tourists feeding them all the time I’m not actually surprised. The surprise came when they managed to outsmart us and get away with stealing 3 whole bags of peanuts from us!

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Traveling by yourself seems like it would be a lonely experience, but hostels are actually great places to meet other travelers. Most of them are college aged, and they’re from all over the world. Many of them are traveling alone as well, so you know that you’re all in the same boat! The people at my hostel in Morocco were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I thought I’d be antisocial the whole time and hide when not out and about, but instead I managed to make some friends that I plan on keeping in touch with.

The Mamiani Project

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One of the best experiences I’ve had studying in Temple Rome has been the opportunity to work with the Mamiani Project. It’s only the second year, but this program is a volunteer project that has allowed me to go to an Italian high school for a cultural exchange program. Once a week, I go to work with the students on their English skills by giving presentations on American culture and listening to their presentations as well. This is a great program that has really helped me to understand the average Italian life. As a study abroad student, I’m a little separated from Italians. My Italian is functional, but not fabulous and meeting people is always hard.

Italian high school is weirdly different and the same all at once. Italian high school is 5 years long, so students stay until they’re 19 rather than the typical 18 of the United States. But the way teenagers are is the same. My students complain about how school is not fair, about how their teachers don’t care about anything but their subjects or about making school an enjoyable experience, and that it’s hard to find other students with the same interests. Listening to them talk about their workloads and complain about teachers was like teleporting back to conversations between High School Beth and her friends.

One thing that Italian schools have that there is absolutely no comparable American phenomenon is the ‘occupazione’. It’s a form of student strike where the students take over their class buildings and don’t let anyone in. Classes are completely stopped until the occupazione is over. I still don’t really fully understand it, my class tried to explain it to me but it ended with the students and teacher disagreeing on the way some pretty crucial parts work, but suffice to say nothing even close to this happens in American high schools!

Through working with the students in my class I learned a lot about Italian life and culture! The students did presentations in English for me, so I learned all about Italian Christmas traditions, the roots of popular music, and of course Italian food! The students even brought in food they had made for me to try. It was delicious!

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This project was a truly amazing way to get in touch with the lives of average Italian families. If you’re living in the Residence and not a home stay, it can be the only real connection you make with daily Italian life. Working with the students at the Mamiani school was a great experience for me, and definitely one of the best programs I participated in through Temple Rome. I highly recommend that any prospective students with a real interest in Italian life, or who just want to be part of a really cool community outreach program, participate in this program when they get here too!

Sociology Academic Excursion

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Church on the Autostrada -  In memory of the people  who died when the highway was being built.

Church on the Autostrada – In memory of the people who died when the highway was being built.

Walking tour Through Modena

Walking tour through Modena

Dinner in Modena - Tortellini con Zucca (Pumpkin) - A common dish in Modena

Dinner in Modena – Tortellini con Zucca (Pumpkin) – A common dish in Modena

Outside the Museo del Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Outside the Museo del Parmigiano-Reggiano

PARM!!!!

PARM!!!!

Students outside the Ferrari Museum!

Students outside the Ferrari Museum!

Taking a ride in the back of a Ferrari!

Taking a ride in the back of a Ferrari!

Looking like a Boss.

Looking like a Boss.

Sunrise in Riccione on our last day of the trip!

Sunrise in Riccione on our last day of the trip!

He just can't believe the chair is completely made of cardboard! At the Paper museum in Fabriano where Italians invented the Watermark!

He just can’t believe the chair is completely made of cardboard! At the Museum of Paper in Fabriano where Italians invented the watermark!

Salsa Dancing

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Welcome to Salsa Night! Maurizio our instructor started us off with the Basic Step 1 2 3 and 5 6 7

Welcome to Salsa Night! Maurizio our instructor started us off with the Basic Step 1 2 3 and 5 6 7

Then we added another step. 1 2 3  and 5 6 7

Then we added another step. 1 2 3 and 5 6 7

We practiced our basic steps.

We practiced our basic steps.

Muarizio thought we were great so he taught us another step!

Maurizio thought we were great so he taught us another step!

Even the guys were having fun.

Even the guys were having fun.

The Girls added some hand movements to their turns.

The girls added some hand movements to their turns.

Maurizio had us pair up to dance in couples.

Maurizio had us pair up to dance in couples.

We danced with Italians.

We danced with Italians.

We changed partners and danced with other students.

We changed partners and danced with other students.

We learned the "she says no" salsa move, because the guy is always trying to get the girl.

We learned the “she says no” salsa move, because the guy is always trying to get the girl.

We kept dancing!

We kept dancing!

Salsa Night was a success!!

Salsa Night was a success!!

The Food I Eat

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Some days I like to cook: Gluten Free Gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozz.

Some days I like to cook: Gluten Free Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozz.

Some days I like to bake: Candied Orange Peels

Some days I like to bake: Candied Orange Peels

Some days  (Every Day) Temple Student Adrienne likes to cook at the Residence.

Some days (Every Day) Temple Student Adrienne likes to cook at the Residence.

Some days Adrienne likes to cook: Homemade Tomato Sauce.

Some days Adrienne likes to cook: Homemade Tomato Sauce.

Some evenings I go my Italian relative's house for dinner: Fettuccine with Veggies

Some evenings I go to my Italian relative’s house for dinner: Fettuccine with Veggies

Some evenings I go my Italian relative's house for dinner: Ricotta e Chocolate dessert

Some evenings I go to my Italian relative’s house for dinner: Ricotta e Chocolate dessert

Some evenings I go my Italian relative's house for dinner: Cherry Tart

Some evenings I go to my Italian relative’s house for dinner: Cherry Tart

Some evenings I go my Italian relative's house for dinner and after we get gelato!

Some evenings I go to my Italian relative’s house for dinner and after we get gelato!

Some days my Italian friends like to cook: Pumpkin Gnocchi

Some days my Italian friends like to cook: Pumpkin Gnocchi

Some days my Italian friends like to cook: Fresh Pumpkin Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Some days my Italian friends like to cook: Fresh Pumpkin Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce