Upon first arrival in Italy, the most frustrating thing to happen while traveling happened. I got sick.
I didn’t see it coming in the slightest, but that didn’t stop me from waking up the first morning with an overwhelming nauseous feeling in my body and not even an appetite for some crackers. Right when I had gotten so close to all the Pizza, Pasta and Gelato of my dreams, it was snatched right out from under me. I could not have been more bummed out. Here I was in this beautiful country and yet I had no desire to attempt leaving my bed for fear of fainting. It certainly wasn’t the way I envisioned starting off my semester abroad.
Eventually I had no choice but to leave. It was the last day to get my permit of stay at the University I’m studying at and there was no way I was going to screw up my semester by not getting that done. One tram and bus ride later, I did the deed. Walking was bearable, but the moment I had to stand idle I was incredible miserable. 1 stop, 2 stops, 3 stops on the tram and I made a dash for the exit. Finally, my body did what it needed to do to feel right again. Right on the streets of Italy. Yup.
The next day after a little more rest, I packed up my bag with my camera, bible, journal and phone and marched down the street to the first pizza place near my apartment. That first slice could have been the crappiest pizza in all of Italy and I wouldn’t have known the difference (tbh it probably was). I indulged, took pictures of me indulging (obviously), called my mom, journaled, and THANKED GOD for his constant goodness and love despite our circumstances. He is so good even when our earthly condition is imperfect and sometimes painful!
Please enjoy said picture of me indulging in glorious pizza, as well as some others from wandering around my neighborhood!
Some things you can’t avoid when traveling, like the change in water and air and how that will affect your body! The good news is, you’ll always adjust and God’s grace will never leave you in the process!
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