Final week! Unfortunately this post will not be very exciting as most of what happened was school-related.
Monday, September 21st, 2009
So begins the last day of classes. In the morning we visited the “Supreme Court” for Italy. Supreme court is in quotes because we actually visited the last appellate court, which does *not* consider constitutional matters, only facts of law. We went on a tour of the building as well as visited a courtroom, the legal library, and listened to a brief overview of the system by a few different people. In the afternoon we had our usual 2 hour session with Professor Lovell, then my group met for about an hour to work on our presentation.
Later that night Rachel and I decided to try and find some burritos, but after wandering around all throught the city and crossing the river, we decided to just give up and have some pizza instead. We sat on one of the bridges overlooking the Tiber and munched on dinner.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Class at 9:00am and then our group met at 1:00pm to finalize our presentation. After working for three pointless hours 4:00pm rolled around and we went down to the conference room to listen to two other groups before giving ours. I talked about the Guarante and think it went pretty well overall. Later that night we finshed off her Vodka (not a good idea) and spent most of the time annoying everyone else around.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Final day of class! The afternoon was mainly spent cleaning our apartment and starting to pack up, and at 6:00 the final two presentation groups presented before we had a reception in Prof. McCann’s apartment. It was our last get together a a group, and the food as well as the company was excellent, as always. Later we went out on the Campo!
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
For the last day of the program, Rachel and I went to see the inside of the Coliseum and Roman Forum. I’m not sure how I felt about both of these, as they were truthfully a little underwhelming. Afterwards, we went shopping for various things, and some of my finds were an awesome A.S. Roma jersey (lime green) and a scarf. I finished packing and we polished away the last of the food left before we watched the ending of The Dark Knight and an episode of Flight of the Conchords before going to sleep fairly late.
Friday, September 25th, 2009
I woke up at 4:30am and said sadly said goodbye to Rachel before meeting Corddaryl and Dane outside our apartment at 5:15 to go to the airport. We took the 64 bus to Stazione Termini and then the Leonardo Express to FCO. Once there, we had to down town a poorly marked pathway to the “Delta” check in, which was really a bus which took us to what seemed to be a warehouse. We went through some initial security check before actually going to another room with the check-in counter. After the counter we then went through security (a very pleasant experience… didn’t have to take off our shoes!), before finding another bus which took us back… to the main terminal.
My flight left at 10:40, and enjoyed the window seat, as usual, to Atlanta. I watched the Deadliest Catch, the new Star Trek movie, and Family Guy on the flight, and they decided to serve us “Pizza.” Since our flight arrived half an hour early, we got to sit around in the plane until a terminal opened up for us to dock at. Passport control and customs were fun as usual, and after breezing through these, I promptly went to eat some American food. There was only one Mexican place in the airport, and it was way out of the beaten path. So I settled for a local cheeseburger and seasoned fries before boarding the final flight home. Got back at 9:00pm, and basically slept until 9:00am on Saturday.
And that’s a wrap.