I have mixed news for you all today. I am sad to report that for the first time in about four years, my trusty Toshiba laptop has surprised me with it's first real problem. Yesterday, while attempting to write my paper for class, my screen went black. Luckily the rest of the computer seems to be functioning correctly, it just seems that there might be some issue with the display. I have an appointment with the UWRC resident techie, so hopefully he can help me! In the meantime, I have checked out a very beat up PowerBook G4 from the office...good news! Unfortunately the laptop has no USB ports, so it makes picture transferring a bit tricky, but luckily I still have access to the computer lab (until 5 pm, anyway!) so I can keep you all updated. Bad news, I had already started on my paper and have no access to that information. I have to rewrite it from scratch! BUT! Good news! Miraculously, last night MacKenzie discovered a wireless signal that we have never seen before while she was watching The Office. WE HAVE INTERNET IN OUR APARTMENT! Who knows how long it will last and none of us want to jinx it, but it's pretty exciting news. It will certainly make doing assignments much easier! So! despite the fact that my computer is currently out of commission, life is still good.
A few posts ago I listed the (supposed) best pizza places in my area. I am happy to report that I have checked one off the list. On Friday night Erin, Christine, MacKenzie, Karleen, Reese, his friend Jason (who is studying in Spain and came to visit for the weekend), and I went to Da Baffetto near Piazza Navona. If you find yourself in Rome, don't miss out on this place. Scratch that. Come to Rome FOR this place! It is only open for dinner, anytime after 6:30, and they don't take reservations. The restaurant is very small so it is not uncommon to have to wait in a long line outside for a table. Even though we were a group of seven on a Friday night, we had good luck and only had to wait about 10 minutes. I took pictures....but they're on my laptop :( so you will just have to use your imagination! This is the first time I've seen a pizza place around here with a wood-fired oven...which, as we all know, makes all the difference! I had a pizza with bresaola (cured beef), rucola/rocket (are you sensing a trend? Maybe Elise's new favorite pizza topping?? Maybe the best pizza topping ever??), and parmesan. After we devoured our pizzas, we all split a Nutella pizza for dessert. It was delicious. 'Nuff said.
After dinner Erin, Christine, and I met up with Giulia and she took us to a club out in E.U.R., which is in southern Rome. I don't want to explain to you what E.U.R. is yet, because we're going there as a class on Wednesday...so stay tuned! The place she took us to was called Jet Set, and it is a restaurant that turns into a "disco" late at night. I liked the place because it was far outside of the traditionally touristy areas of Rome, so we were the only Americans there. I am so glad that we've made an Italian friend here to show us the places we would never get to go to otherwise! We had a lot of fun dancing the night away.
Christine, me, Erin, and Giulia!
Saturday night, we went to another football game! This time, Roma played Siena. This game was particularly fun because it was at night...and we were really lucky to witness another Roma win! They beat Siena 1-0.
I am currently having trouble uploading my photos, so stay tuned...I will edit this post later and update more pics!