I have been in Rome just one week and what an easy return it has been! I was greeted with hugs and warmth at the airport by Liz and Angelo the (sister and brother-in-law of Freddy). They took me in their new car right to my new apartment where my friend Patrizia was waiting. She and a friend of hers shared a wonderful salad lunch with me. After a bit of chatting I took a nap so I would be ready to go out that night and reconnect with other old friends and make new ones at Expats.
Our Expats Group is like a huge ever changing family in Rome. It is made up of people from all over the world who are looking for a group to connect with in Rome. There are also a lot of locals who come, and it is a great way to meet friends, find jobs and network. The social part of Expats is just part of it, there are also Italian and English lessons and I have been added to the team as an English Teacher 3 nights a week. My first evening back at Expats was nice and low key and with a pretty good turn out considering it was All Saints Day.
I got to see Freddy the next day and have lunch with him, Liz and Angelo before I had to scoot off to pick up Riccardo at school. Oh how little kids can melt your heart, he ran out of his classroom and into my arms flinging himself around my neck with such force he almost knocked me down. We have since had 3 days together and I get to see him again this afternoon.
In just 7 days I have seen old friends, gotten settled into my new apartment with Patrizia and my my Russian roommate, met tons of new friends, gotten caught up with Freddy and his family, reunited with Riccardo and his family, lost 6 kl., been to 4 Expat events (Lessons), ate Sushi, adjusted to the time difference and the late nights, seen thunder and lightening storms and woken up to beautiful sunshine.
It is good to be back.