How to deal with the “I-hate-it-heres”

After almost five years in Rome, I rarely get homesick. I miss my family and friends back home, and sometimes I’m nostalgic for places I no longer live in, but these days, I feel that Rome is truly home. What I do get is a bad case of something I like to describe as the “I-hate-it-heres”. It’s an emotion like PMS and road rage all rolled up into one. Here in Rome, I like to describe this feeling as Rome Rage. Continue reading How to deal with the “I-hate-it-heres”

A Roman Horror Story: There’s Something Wrong with the Rain

Last week the forecast showed that the “storm of the century” was about to hit Rome. This might have been frightening if it wasn’t the billionth time this has happened in the 4 years I’ve lived here. Schools were closed. So were many offices. Mine wasn’t. On my way to work I actually found myself enjoying splashing through puddles with lightning flashing above the empty streets. Continue reading A Roman Horror Story: There’s Something Wrong with the Rain

Walking in Rome: Street Harassment in Another Language

In Rome street harassment is a major problem. It can be overwhelming, frustrating, and very frightening, especially if you aren’t used to it. Unfortunately there is no easy solution to the problem, and foreign-looking women tend to be on its receiving end especially frequently. While you can’t make them disappear with lazer eyes, here are some ways to deal mentally with the stress and minimize he amount of time you have to spend dealing with these creeps. Continue reading Walking in Rome: Street Harassment in Another Language

Talk Like a Local: How to Speak Roman Dialect

Many people don’t know that there are many, many ways to speak Italian (just as a unified “Italian cuisine” doesn’t actually exist). Though you can certainly survive in Rome while speaking standard Italian (or English, for that matter), speaking and understanding a bit of Roman dialect is necessary to any understanding of the city’s unique culture. Continue reading Talk Like a Local: How to Speak Roman Dialect

Tall, Pale, and Foreign: Life as a female in Italy

Living in Rome, I’ve found that there are certain things that I just can’t seem to do as a tall pale person with (naturally) fair hair. Buying shoes, foundation and cover-up is nearly impossible. Buying hair dye is another chore. This, coupled with all the unwanted attention looking like an alien in a world filled with petite dark-skinned women, can make day-to-day tasks an epic journey, and walking down the street can make you feel that you’ve fallen into some sort of unwanted celebrity. Continue reading Tall, Pale, and Foreign: Life as a female in Italy