My First Month in Rome

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Well, I did it. I’m in Rome!  Finally.  It’s been just over a month and honestly, there are days I still can’t believe I’m residing in this glorious city.  I’m one lucky gal to have had heaps of guidance from some awesome ladies & gents–a few I knew prior to my departure, while others I met after my arrival–and I’m forever thankful for how they have eased this transition for me.   Don’t get me wrong, I miss my family and friends more than I could ever articulate (if it was up to me, I’d move ’em all here!) and I love them more than my life, but I do hope that I live here per sempre. I’ve never been happier.

Anyhoo, in case you’re wondering, here’s a bit on how my life has changed during the last six weeks….

  • Unless I’m dining out, I cook my dinner every single night.
  • I make my coffee–which I now buy freshly ground–in a moka pot.
  • Most mornings, I eat my breakfast–usually a cornetto con marmellata (preferably apricot!) or something sweet–standing up.
  • The civilized taxi obtaining process has done wonders for my anxiety.
  • I use olive oil from Sabina.
  • Suppli rock my world.
  • I’m enamored with Testaccio, the ‘hood that also happens to be home to my new favorite pizza place, 00100.
  • I don’t need to take any type of sleep aid (prescription or non prescription!) to fall asleep at night. I’m dead serious.
  • I drink lots of tea!
  • When I open my bedroom window, I see the photo above.
  • I get more use out my Converse All Stars than I ever could have possibly imagined due to all the cobblestone.

What hasn’t changed: I still detest the rain and the cold, and I will always walk with the purpose of a New Yorker.

Also, Juice Press & Liquiteria: not gonna lie, there is a tiny hole in my heart that remains empty without my daily juice. No chance of either of you opening an outpost in Rome, is there?

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  1. says: Sara White

    Hi Jackie! I found your blog through the Rome Bloggers facebook page and I just wanted to say hi. Your list of ways life has changed since moving definitely made me smile, because it sounds a lot like my own experience so far. I moved to Rome six months ago, and there are still days when I can’t believe I’m actually living here! Let me know if you ever want to meet up for an aperitivo or a cappuccino – it’s always nice to connect with more people in Rome!

  2. says: Laure Colonno

    Hi Jackie,

    Mr. C. and I think you rock. We love Rome and Italy in general. We love you too so keep the pictures and blog coming!

    Ciao Bella,

    Mrs. C.

  3. says: JOANNE PETTI

    HI JACLYN…..CAME ACROSS YOUR BLOG WHILE CREEPING ON JENN’S FACEBOOK…..AHHHH…..YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION…IN AS MUCH AS I WOULD FREEK IF JENN OR JESS PICKED UP AND MOVED TO ROME…..KNOWING THEY WOULD BE AS HAPPY AS YOU ARE….WOULD BE SUCH A COMFORT…..I ONE DAY LONG TO .RETIRE SOMEWHERE IN ITALY….AND MEETING UP WITH YOU…WOULD BE AN ADDED GIFT….I WISH YOU CONTINUED HAPPINESS SWEETHEART…DREAMING ABOUT LIVING YOUR DREAMS IS ONE THING….ACTUALLY LIVING THEM….HAS TO BE JUST AWESOME…LOV AND HUGS….JOANNE.XO

  4. says: Nick

    Hi Jackie! I enjoyed reading your blog. Glad to read how you have adjusted so well to being in Rome. I am happy that you are so happy, but yet sad that you are so far away. Not sure when I can, but am hoping to spend some time with you in Rome someday. In the meantime, I am enjoying Italy through your pictures and now your blog.

    Love you, Sweetheart!

    Uncle Nick

  5. says: JOANNA PETTI

    HI JACLYN….JUST WANT TO SEND YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR MONDAY MARCH 25TH…HAVE THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER IN BELLA ITALIA….LOV AND HUGS…XO JOANNE

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