We all know that amazing feeling you get when you travel because there's absolutely nothing like it. Your senses are heightened so you can absorb absolutely everything there is. There's so much excitement and some apprehension, but it’s awesome, and addicting and part of the reason that I am in love with traveling. However, I think that the absolutely best feeling in the world is coming home. Home can be a person, a place, really anywhere or anything that makes you feel loved. Coming home is the end of missing something, and being reunited with that part of you is the most comforting and wonderful thing that could ever exist.
Back to traveling though, because Italy doesn't give me that traveling excitement. Italy feels like a relative or a friend who you haven’t seen a long time, giving you a hug. It's familiar, comfortable — like coming home. When I think back, I've felt this way from the very second I stepped out of the plane and into Rome.
Italy is such a special place. It is so rich in history, art, culture, and kindness. I've been to quite a few countries now, and Italian hospitality is unparalleled. They are so wonderful. Every time I meet an Italian, it's like seeing an old friend you haven't seen in years. Italians are passionate, funny, kind, helpful, happy, relaxed, and they have this spark to them that I haven't seen anywhere else. They are simply amazing and have made this trip so much easier and comforting.
I've said it so many times, but I could live in Rome my whole life and still never get bored. You’ll be strolling to class and out of nowhere pops the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. Or say you take a short bus ride and find yourself next to St. Peter’s Basilica and surrounded by the most famous work of renaissance architecture. Living in Rome is a constant exploration. No matter how long you have lived here, due to the rich history, the narrow unorganized streets, the large number of cafes and the size of the city, you can always find something new to marvel in. Every day I look around and think "WOW. I live in Rome."
I truly know now what "all roads lead to Rome" means. From the beginning of time, Rome has always been the eternal city. No matter what happens in the world, Rome will always go on, and that in itself makes Rome one of greatest cities in the world.
Time has been moving so quickly lately, and the thought of having to leave Rome is heartbreaking. I can't even tell you how many coins I've thrown into the Trevi Fountain hoping that its magic will pull through and I'll be back to Rome again. Every time I come back home to Rome, I fall in love with the city all over again. It sounds odd, but cities truly are like people. I've realized that through my travels. Each city has a distinct personality. You can feel this mutual love with them, dislike, or friendship. In this time in my life, there is nowhere I belong more than Rome.
Thanks for listening to me ramble about my weird city-person relationship. If you haven't felt it already, keep having adventures and you'll find your place. Life is short and the world is wide, so keep being curious, friends.
I'm Liz Bixenman, an interior design student living in Rome for the semester. When I'm not doing schoolwork, you can find me wearing a cat shirt, reading a book, and most likely eating more carbs than I'm proud of.