I am finally here! After sitting at Hartsfield for 3 hours, flying to Frankfurt in 10 hours, running (okay, maybe walking very fast) to our gate to not miss our flight out, another flight for 3 hours to Rome, and then a bus ride for 2 1/2 hours to Montepulciano (my home for 5 weeks), I'm FINALLY here. Wow, what a ride already!
The flight from Atlanta started off bumpy and stayed that way for the first 3 hours. I thought an Ativan would help with the nerves, but with the moron in front of me leaning his chair all the way back, the lack of a steady airstream in the cabin, and no so good food, I ended up having a mild panic attack. The bathroom proved to be the best place to steady my nerves. I sat in the handicapped one for about 20 minutes while I cooled down. Shortly after getting back to my seat, I passed out for the next 5 1/2 hours. When I woke up, breakfast was served a little before landing.
We arrived at Frankfurt and had to leave the plane from stairs on the tarmack. We caught buses that took us to the airport. From the airport we had to run through security, but by run, I mean wait for the wonderful passport officers to check and stamp our passports one by one. Then we actually ran to the terminal. Sweat dripped all down my face. I fell asleep just after getting on the plane this time. With iPod plugged in, I managed to sleep the entire way to Rome, UNTIL a very nice fight attendant (not stewardess) decided to wake me up to turn off my iPod. Yes, my iPod was going to jack up the plane equipment. The descent was ROUGH. We basically dropped out of the sky and I about threw up everywhere.
So, we FINALLY land in Rome. From the Rome airport, after taking about an hour to wrangle up all of our bags, we boarded a Charter bus for Monte. The landscape was incredible! It's amazing to see so much land without urban development moving in. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to Monte from Rome. We packed into vans and were taken to our apartments. Wow. Talk about small. Everything here is built up. Even the city! Our apartment is located at the bottom of the city near the elementary school that we will have our classes in. I have 4 other roommates. Everyone else is scattered through the city. The roads are all cobblestone and the streets are wide enough for my car to fit. Yes, my little Aveo would fit in around here. Except it's not a BMW or Mercedes. :)
This place is HILLY! Walking to dinner is a work out by itself. I'm really hoping that all this walking will get my butt in shape!! So far it's been an adventure. Tomorrow we're having breakfast and a tour of the city. Pictures are being posted on Facebook so check them out! I miss you all, but I am having a lot of fun so far. Sadly, it's time for me to get to bed. I haven't had REAL sleep since leaving Atlanta. I was even falling asleep at dinner! Anyway, I'll update soon!!