A Little Bit Like Home

Christine Hurst is an API Peer Mentor who studied abroad in Rome, Italy.

The Italy that my mother knows
from the travel channels
is the vaulted ceilings of cathedrals,
fields of Tuscan sunflowers,
and lots of recipes for bread and pasta.

But to me the word “Rome”
sounds just a little bit like home –
it encompasses the September sun
and November’s rainy cobblestones
sidewalks strewn with soggy leaves
migrating birds in all the trees,
a morning cappuchino on the sidewalk,
an afternoon espresso at the bar.
Waiting at the bus stop
and waiting
and waiting
ed aspetando;
priests and nuns throughout the streets
and the air always sweet
with the sounds of bells.
The Tiber in the winter rushes her banks
and in the summer languid and low,
all the little moments a life can know
all the experiences alone we feel
we come together to make them real
and in this commonplace wonder are not alone.
And isn’t it remarkable that we
all spinning madly through our orbits
each circling a separate sun
all aiming for our different stars –
have chosen to cast our lots into this moment
in this time and place
out of all of space
could have ended up here, together.

In but a few days we’ll be off again
each of us a lonely planet
hurtling into next semester
next year
the rest of our lives.
And isn’t it remarkable that we
have created, even temporarily
a place if only for our memories
in this foreign city, a little bit like home.

Enter your name and email to get new posts by email!

“Best of the Blogs” - Abroad101.com
“Top Study Abroad Blogs” - GoOverseas.com
“Blog of the Week” - GoAbroad.com
“Top 10 Study Abroad Blogs You Should Be Reading” - The Study Abroad Blog
"The Best Meaningful Travel Articles of 2016"-GoAbroad.com
  • We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you have provided. Please check out our privacy policy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


  1. That was beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m sure that poem resonates with many students who have been abroad.

Speak Your Mind



[fts_pinterest pinterest_name=apiabroad type=boards_list]


Join API in engaging on issues of equity, access, and inclusion in global education at the @DiversityAbroad Global Inclusion 2021! #InclusionIsGlobal #ispyapi #apiabroad

Learn more: https://t.co/EcdE7nr9Dq https://t.co/Nv8eEpzQAm
APIabroad photo
Deadlines have been extended! There is still time to apply to Winter and Spring 2022 API programs! Check out the link below for a list of open programs for Winter and Spring that are still accepting applications! #ispyapi #apiabroad

https://t.co/Qwy7Z4Veo3 https://t.co/evF1hNsYND
APIabroad photo
More and more students in STEM, business, or other fields are finding great coursework abroad! Check out our ClassFinder tool to find courses abroad within your major!

#apiabroad #ispyapi #studyabroad @apiabroad https://t.co/DMcTFIAUpm
APIabroad photo
Most API programs include credit-bearing coursework, even our internships count towards your degree. Need an internship to graduate? Think about taking one abroad for credit!

#apiabroad #ispyapi #studyabrad @apiabroad https://t.co/9L1xa2h5dW
APIabroad photo
Sept 15 to Oct 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., we would like to not only celebrate the culture but also reflect on Hispanic and Latino identity, belonging, and stereotypes and how we can better support Latinx students in their experiential learning programs. https://t.co/9ogXTw0Pnw APIabroad photo
The API Abroad Blog