Two weeks. Two weeks since I landed in Rome, and I somehow fall in love with the city more and more everyday. Homesickness kicks in every once in a while, it tends to be more for my family & friends (and slightly annoying cat) and American-style food/anything other than croissants, pasta, and pizza. Don’t get me wrong, that stuff is great – but after eating it almost all day every day for a week and a half straight, healthy food started seeming more and more appealing the less I had it. But with the cultural richness and the amount of history in the city, the more I explore it and get to know it, the more I want to stay and explore other cities in both Italy and Europe.
And with one week down of my internship, actually being able to live and work in Rome is nothing short of an eye-opening experience. Seeing how other cultures go about working shows the small subconscious lifestyle choices that people choose because of how they were raised and socialized. While America loves being on a time crunch and put as much of it towards being productive, Italians tend to move slower and appreciate quality over quantity. Life is compartmentalized and neatly packaged into different social circles in America, with the phrases “time is money” and “don’t mix business with pleasure” deeply ingrained into the pysche of how people are socialized and raised – to the point where people have several social circles that never interact, and everything from taking a shower to graduating college is rushed and placed within a time constraint. Italians seem to be quite the opposite – time is seen as a precious thing that should be appreciated instead of rushed, and all of the different aspects of life deserve to blend together to create a well-balanced and happier life.
Working for a tour company and helping them to gather and create content for their online presence has been a learning process – both for how I can apply what I’ve learned in school to an actual job, and with what I’ve been learning about Rome and Italy. Although I’ve spent most of my time in the office helping them with creating content for their social media and online presence, the other intern that I’m working with and I were able to join one of their tours to the Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs to gather some footage, feedback, and content for their website and social media accounts. And, with some faith, trust, and pixie dust, we might be able to continue to join some of the tours every once in a while for more of that kind of work while also getting to learn more about the history of Rome and Italy. And while we’ll be working in the office most of the time and putting all of our effort into doing our best, that’s a definite perk of our time in the Eternal City.