My first day back in Italy didn't seem real. Actually, it seemed all too normal. It felt as if I had never left at all and that all of my friends that I saw.. were always around. It was a bit strange, actually. I had waited months and months and spent so many hours saying "I cannot wait to get back to Italy", "how many days until I'm back with my friends". Well, I was back and it felt good. My friends all welcomed me with open arms and even their apartment. My dear friends Katie, Emily, and Claudio (not to forget zucca) opened their apartment to me for the week. It was so nice to be back in the same apartment I once was at the first time I met them a year ago.
I was put in contact with Katie and Emily through Em J...who is the girl that was an au pair for the same family I was an au pair for last summer. She was there before me and knew Katie through university in California and Katie introduced me to Emily. Basically, Em J. and I skyped everyday because... while I was in Italy last summer she was in California and I updated her on my life in Italy while she was studying.. once I returned, Em J. soon moved to Rome and then was updating me on her life in Italy. We actually never met until I arrived a couple weeks ago. We met over amazing pasta and wine and it was like we had known each other for years.
This is the dinner we had the night Em J. and I met. It's caco e pepe in a bowl made entirely of parmesean. Anthony Bourdain went to this restaurant in his Rome epipsode and named this "Restaurant X" because he didn't want to reveal the secret to all of the 'typical tourists'. Pleast check out this epipsode, it is Rome in all it's beauty.. or at least a piece of it's beauty.
Our waiter at 'Restaurant X'
During the week I met up with the current au pair (Ashley) that is working with the family I was with last summer and she was really fantastic. I wish I had more time in Rome to spend with everyone but I suppose I was lucky enough to spend at least a week there catching up with everyone. Ashley and I spent one day together walking along Via Appia Antica, the most ancient road in Rome.