Rome Prep: Madelyn's Gift
As you may have already noticed, this blog is probably going to become more of a travel journal in the coming weeks and months. I'll chronicle my preparations and adventures as I approach the junior semester in Rome at Christendom College.
One of the biggest helps as I prepare for this massive undertaking has been my dear friend, Madelyn. She spent five months in Germany herself, so she's able to reassure and counsel me in a lot of areas.
The Christmas gift she bestowed on me was such a crazy-brilliant-wonderful thing that I have to share it!
Okay, notice the jar. See the little rolled-up dollar bills? Well, each of them has a little tag on it, tied up with nicely curled red ribbon. This is a gift not of money, but of adventure.
All twenty little tags are clever ideas for putting the dollar to use in my Roman excursion. E.g. a map...a random touristy souvenier...a postcard to her...dark chocolate gelato...a book in Italian... Madelyn decided to share some of her adventures and discoveries on her travel abroad with me as I experience Bella Roma. I know the days of overwhelming homesickness and culture shock will hit, and I have no way of bracing myself for them. No way - except by just going out there and, well, living! I'm saving these for those days, and for the rainy afternoons when I just don't want to go anywhere, and for the days when I'm aching to be with friends, family and especially boyfriend.
How on earth can I say thank-you adequately?! I plan to do as many of these things as I can - from steeple-climbing to taking a train to a town with an unpronounceable name, to eating pizza with weird ingredients that I don't recognize. Expect to see pictures of these things in the future! This gift has got me so excited, I can't even describe it! I'm nervous about the whole trip, but this just makes me happy. I can't wait to buy myself a flower in Rome! Grazie, Madelyn!