1. Never trick yourself into thinking that purchasing a Smart car will somehow increase your odds of finding parking – it will actually only encourage you to park even more illegally and absurdly than before.
2. Make life interesting and try to order something other than a Spritz at your next aperitivo. Martini Royale, anyone?
3. Realize that you will never fully make sense of the Italian political system, or the university one, for that matter (wait, you’re 28 and have how many exams to pass before you graduate?).
4. Embrace the insanity. Rome is a chaotic, frenzied place that sometimes seems out of control. Keep your cool and go with the flow when things don’t go the way you’d expect (or the way any reasonable human being would expect).
5. If you don’t already have one, find a friend with a Vespa who’ll regularly take you on a “tour di Roma” on late summer nights. There is nothing better.
6. Never ignore the call of the occasional street food schifezza (junk food). Screw calorie counting – eat that massive piece of fried baccala’ in Piazza Santa Barbara. Like, right now.
7. In fact, eat whatever you see in front of you right now. Don’t worry, you’ll walk it off.
8. Keep your amici Romani close, but the gelato closer.
9. When all else is lost and you’re feeling desperate, just remember you’re on a journey that so many yearn to experience, and one that may not last forever. Enjoy it, and don’t let the setbacks frustrate and derail you. Sorridi (smile), you live in Italia!
Check out what my COSI friends are up to for New Year’s as well:
Plus more posts to come from the rest of the COSI group; check out their home pages for updates:
Surviving in Italy
Girl in Florence
Englishman in Italy
Buon 2015 a tutti!