Shelby Adelsen Arcadia in Rome, Italy


September 3, 2014

Wow. So first day in Italy: complete. After so many months of preparation I’m definitely glad to be here.

Speaking of this preparation, let’s talk about that for a minute. As far as packing went, there was absolutely no preparation whatsoever. So of course my suitcase ended up weighing 70 lbs. the night before I left. Oops. Ah well, gotta love crying over your clothes that didn’t make your mother’s cut when downsizing to a smaller suitcase.


But I definitely had to be a lot pickier than I expected, which, for someone who hasn’t grown out of any of their clothes since about 8th or 9th grade, was difficult.

Nevertheless, here I am, with still too much stuff. Unpacking is quickly becoming the most unpleasant thing in my life at the moment. Counting my blessings.

So here I am!

My apartment is adorable, the tap water is great (straight from the ancient Roman aqueducts), the food and wine is absolutely amazing, and Rome is beautiful. 5 points to Shelby for being the only one in my apartment able to effectively communicate with the repairman. *fangirls over first real Italian conversation*

We got to drive past the Coliseum and see the top of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon and a good chunk of Rome against a gorgeous sunset. Then proceeded to eat ourselves into multiple food comas. No regrets.

Because I like to make life hard on myself, I forgot not one but BOTH memory cards for my camera so pictures for the next couple days will just be iPhone pictures, but better quality will be coming soon!


Shelby Adelsen