The first time that I arrived in Rome, I remember being nervous and anxious about what was going to happen over the next eight weeks. This time around I arrived with a smile on my face like I was returning home. My first day back in the city I decided to just walk with no real destination in mind, the best way to reacquaint yourself in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised with how well I was able to navigate the city and find one of my favorite pasta places. When you first arrive Rome seems like such a big place (it is) and you feel like you will always be lost, but I always feel like I know where I am at and where I want to go. After a few days of readjusting to the Rome experience, it was time to start my internship. This was my chance to really experience what the life of an Italian citizen is like. Starting at 7:47am I caught the regional train into Rome, this is a very popular commuter train for school kids, business people, and everything in between. When I arrived in Termini station (the main train station in Rome) it was time to take on the subway. As I stuffed myself onto the train (tips for commuting coming soon) I was really starting to feel the nerves of starting a new job. Five stops and a short walk later I was in front of the USO Rome office. As I entered the staff of the office greeted me and they were so welcoming and nice. They showed me around the office and told me some of the things that I was going to be doing during my internship. This made me so excited to see what this internship and experience will hold.
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– Joey Hammers