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I finished my first week of Italian class! Even though my professor, Mario, constantly threatens to kill us if we get anything wrong, I absolutely love the class. On Tuesday he took us to a bar (coffee shop) and promised to buy us pastries and coffee if we ordered in Italian. Luckily I’m picking up the language pretty fast so mine was free!

Also thanks to accidentally wearing my name tag into the nearest coffee shop, the owners and staff all already know my name and have added me on facebook.
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Some other notable things that happened this week:

I ripped my pants. Don’t ask how. I have no idea. I went to the bathroom and noticed a gaping hole in the seams of my jeans (the part directly covering my crotch). The hole was at least three inches. It was not there a few hours earlier when I put them on. I also just so happened to enter a pastry shop the same day and they had a sign which said “Paste Ass.” I don’t think this was a coincidence
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I found some castrated statues, a hidden library and a very odd bookstore.

Castrated Statue

Castrated Statue


view from window of the bookshop in an alley in the Jewish Ghetto

view from window of the bookshop in an alley in the Jewish Ghetto

inside the bookstore

inside the bookstore

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I also got to see the Vatican, The Jewish Ghetto, Trastevere, the Capuchin Crypt and eat some more amazing food. Haven’t gotten lost yet wooooo!

Ponte Sisto. The walk home across Tiber River. The Vatican in the distance

Ponte Sisto. The walk home across Tiber River. The Vatican in the distance

Vatican. Pope Candle. St Peter's Basilica

Vatican. Pope Candle. St Peter’s Basilica

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swissguard

swissguard

Capuchin Crypt

Capuchin Crypt