I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new things about the city but also about Italy. I learned the fastest way to drink coffee, I tasted the best pasta, pizza and the most delicious ice cream in the world!
To be part of a group of young professionals for me was once in a lifetime experience. Being an intern in the European administration, in the Eternal City of Rome was an amazing opportunity and the best thing that has happened to me. I have spent eleven weeks working and living in Rome, where I had a chance to meet amazing and friendly people, professionals and excellent colleagues.
During my stay I felt like a local, having in mind that I immediately adapted to their culture and way of life, and I really enjoyed it!
On my way to work, I was facing huge crowds of tourists, asking for information. Being able to help them and be their guide was really interesting to me, I loved meeting new people from different countries in the world.
I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new things about the city but also about Italy. I travel and explore different parts from Italy and get to know their culture, lifestyle, and history.
During my work, I learn a lot about their practices and policies. I was performing part of my tasks in English but to some extent in the Italian language.
I learned the fastest way to drink coffee, I tasted the best pasta, pizza and the most delicious ice cream in the world. An interesting new thing that I also learn, was the role and function of the Pope, as something that is characteristic for my host country. I enjoyed exchanging experiences and impressions about the culture, food, and history of our countries. The other aspect I enjoyed was the beauty of the city, captivating by numerous historical monuments, beautiful squares, hidden alleyways, and amazing panoramas.
This was the best experience in my life, life-changing and a great opportunity for new friendships and contacts. Also, I really improved my Italian speaking skills, so I can say that now I am fluent in Italian.
I am really happy that I can share knowledge and skills that I gained during my stay in Rome with my colleagues and friends, that is really important for my country and institution, but especially for my personal and professional development.
At the end, I can say that I am very grateful for this incredible opportunity that I will remember forever!
Author: Viktorija Mitevska, freelance poet and columnist