SarahNanovic's Travel Journals


  • 25 years old
  • From Pennsylvania, United States
  • Currently in Rome, Italy

Sarah Goes To Rome!

Starting at the end of August, I'll be spending my Fall 2013 semester studying abroad at the American University of Rome. I've never been overseas and hope to go many new places, have incredible adventures, learn fascinating new things, and of course, write all about it here. Make sure to check in and share these incredible new experiences with me.

One Day More

United States Pennsylvania, United States  |  Aug 26, 2013
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One day more.. I don't even know where to start about what I'm feeling right now. First of all, it's hard to believe that I'm in my last 24 hours at home. This is something that I spent so long thinking about, so long planning, and tomorrow I'm finally on my way. All of my goodbyes have been spread out within the last week as all of my friends have gone off and started another semester of classes, just as they normally do, and my family will be accompanying me to the airport.

The nerves have been coming and going, but for the most part I'm just excited. Of course, it's a little hard not to be nervous though. After all, I don't know a single person who will be there with me. In fact, there's not a single person from my school that chose Rome as their study abroad location. Combine that with the fact that this will be my first time on a plane alone and the first time I'll be in Europe and there seems to be reason enough for a full-on freak out. Strangely enough though, for all the reasons I have to be nervous, my mind can't focus long enough on that feeling before I think about how those are the same reasons I'm excited. I get to be completely independent and have this experience in the way I see fit. I'll make plenty of new friends from many different places and we'll share this semester-long adventure knowing that this is a once in a lifetime opportuinity. I get to experience and learn about the many different cultures and lifestyles outside of my own and what I've seen my whole life, eat authentic Italian food, and most imporantly, just travel. Anywhere and everywhere I get the chance, I'll be out seeing new places and cementing the images in my memory so I can come home and tell people of all the marvelous sights I saw that most people just see on a computer screen or a magazine photo.

Other than Italy being a beautiful place, I can't pretend to know too much about it. As much research as I did on the matter, I know better than to think reading about something is even close to experiencing it (although I'm sure it does help). From people who have gone before me, I know that while some people do speak English, I can't depend on that. It would arrogant to assume everyone speaks English, but as I only know a couple basic phrases, I am hoping to learn quickly so communication won't be too much of a worry. Overall, I'm just hoping for kind people, the expected bustling city enviroment, and just to learn a few lessons on anything and everything I don't know to expect.

Tomorrow is approaching fast and I'm ready for it as I can be.. Wish me luck!

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