How does the Italian dish, pizza, taste at the capital of the Italian Republic? Well, not so Indian :). It is different from what we have back there. I have forgotten the last time I had something spicy. Still, it was something that I happened to try during my tour to Rome. Not exactly a tour, as it was a workshop that I was attending and did not happen to wander around Rome a lot. In fact, I did not even visit the Colosseum and the Vatican! Only with the hope that I shall revisit Rome.
Needless to say, it is a wonderful city and given that this time of the year at Saarbrucken is so cold, Rome was enjoyably pleasant. Though, the start of the journey was not so agreeable. I happened to catch a flight to Rome from Luxembourg City three hours later than the scheduled time. Snow! And I blame it for the reason that I did not get to visit the Colosseum. The flight was yet another experience. For the first time, I had sat in a plane so small. Totally, around 40 seats and looking like a private jet, the plane was exceptional (atleast for me riding it for the first time).
Reaching at my hotel, at around eight in the evening, I met my roommate dozing around, happily. What struck me as the best feature of the room was its washroom, the best part being its adoption to Indian tourists! The conference was a good experience, meeting people from around the world working on similar areas. I realized for the first time what research actually was, and how close I was to the beginning line!
But the highlight of the trip was the journey back to Frankfurt. Clear weather in Rome allowed me to view some of the best sights I have had the pleasure of viewing at. The beach on the outskirts of the airport seemed to be a part of a bewitching painting. Following that, were the marvellous Alps, giving a splendid view of grandeur and artistry alike. I am short of words to describe the beauty of the scene.
Everything said, being back at the university, still, feels good. It feels home! The past twenty odd days have been quite lonely, with me desperately searching for people to talk to. And it is all because of the people back there in India. Nevertheless, I hope to get acclimatised to the environment here, complete my studies and hop back to my country. Missing you India and wishing you a very happy republic day.