On Saturday my friend from Germany arrived; we spent the evening wandering around Rome and eating a wonderful dinner at my favorite restaurant, “L’archetto.” It is a “Spaghetteria” with over one hundred and fifty different kinds of pasta, all under ten euro! I introduced him to Limón cello, which is an alcoholic beverage drank after a meal to aid in digestion. On Saturday, we made a sporadic decision to head for Naples. Within two hours we were in the city ordering pizza (which Naples is famous for—this is where Pizza got its start) from Da Michele. This restaurant is one of the most, if not the most famous in Naples, not only for its like-no-other pizzas but also in recent years from the ‘Eat Pray Love’ cult. This was the restaurant where author Elizabeth Gilbert and later actress Julia Roberts ate. We spent the rest of the day visiting some main attractions, sitting at the shore across from the volcano and touring a Limón cello factory, which is a regional specialty. On Sunday we went to the carnival festivities in Rome at Piazza del Popolo. Children were dressed up in costumes as Caesar, princesses and pirates, and they were the audience of choice for all of the carnival’s events. Fire-juggling, magic shows and multi-lingual story telling left no one bored. At the end of the evening, the grand event was a roman and international horse show. Riders jumped on and off of horses while the horse was in motion, and some of the “cavalli” had tricks of their own-including walking on two legs. È stato magnifico!

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About Jessica Raboin

My name is Jessica Raboin and I am a first-year student in the Rome Start program at Loyola University Chicago. I am interested in studying Environmental Science/Pre-Med with minors in languages (as many as I can learn!). I enjoy running, learning languages, sewing and traveling with my best friend. Although I'm a U.S. citizen, I lived in Germany before I came to the Rome Start program.
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