I'm not here. You didn't see me. If anyone asks, I'm studying for the huge exam I have on Monday. But first, I just want to post some pictures of how beautiful life has been here in Rome lately. Yesterday I spent all day with my visiting friend from Chicago, biking aaall around Rome. What doesn't come across in the pictures is how agonizingly hot the sun has been here.
That's it. Enjoy! And I'm off... (insert puff of smoke here)
I am one lucky girl. I spent ALL Sunday in Assisi with 3 friends, climbing its stone walls, frolicking though its hazy fields of olive trees, and daydreaming on its medieval rooftops.
I didn't take any pictures. My camera's been out of battery, which has been tortuure, but at the same time I think it has been good for me to just sit back and appreciate the beauty of what I see instead of obsessing over the perfect shot.
Luckily, Assisi has not changed a bit since 2010. So I hope these pictures from my last trip inspire someone to go!
'The only people for me are the mad ones - the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
My visiting friend (pictured below) and I got to see the Pope today at the Wednesday Papal Audience. It was beautiful, and unlike any other time I have gone before.
We were sitting literally in the middle of: a string orchestra from the Czech Republic, a huge traditional Mexican mariachi band, and a young boys choir from Finland.
A friend of mine (who happens to have the same name and hair as me, teehe) is flying in today from Jerusalem to stay with me for a week in Rome. I love it when people come and visit; I love seeing people fall in love with Rome.
Jean Sablon has been playing all day here, as I've been sweeping and spraying my way around the flat. The sun is shining BRIGHT and the sea is a deep blue here on the coast of Italy.
I must admit I was skeptical walking into the theatre.
not exactly what you would call a fan of Madonna, of her music, or anything that she’s
done for that matter. And I was afraid that she would twist this timeless love
affair into a looong, up-beat, sexed-up, 1930’s costume show with no depth.
I stand corrected.
The film is mesmerizing, moving, and a
piece of art to say the least.
The darkness of it, the melancholic moments, the constant swing between despair and sorrow, and hope and joy, the
beauty of the screen writing, and the score composed by Abel Korzeniowski which evokes a prevailing sense of obsession, make this film absolutely beautiful.
I’ve found myself often in a daydream the last couple days, thinking about Wallis and Edward.
What makes the love story so intriguing, is that we will
never know the truth.
"I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility, and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love." -King Edward VIII
"Thus you see, Sir, that these people are not so unpolished as we
represent them.'Tis true, their magnificence is of
a different taste from ours, and perhaps of a
better. I am almost of opinion, they have a right notion of
life. They consume it in music, gardens, wine, and delicate
eating, while we are tormenting our brains with some
scheme of politics, or studying some science to which we
can never attain, or, if we do, cannot persuade other
people to set that value upon it as we do ourselves. We die
or grow old before we can reap the fruit of our
labours. Considering what short-lived weak animals men are, is
there any study so beneficial as the study of present
The kids are finally asleep.
Their parents told them recently that they are moving to Mexico in July, and so they have definitely been on their best behavior, as they know we don't have a lot of time left together. I'm gonna miss these little rascals.
I already do.
I always miss people before their gone... weeeeird i know.
Tonight they drew me these pictures! Below is a portrait of me by Jose...
And this is from Ana. She wouldn't let me take a picture while she was drawing.