By Sister Marcia Kruse, ASC


Sister Marcia has traveled far and wide, including the places mentioned below. She’s most recently moved to Rome, Italy, to learn Italian. She wrote a poem about her experiences.

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Rome is like every place else.

It is like Bolivia
It’s far away from home
People squint when you speak their language
You wear your winter coat inside the house
You mop with a broom and a rag
Crossing the street is perilous
You hang your clothes outside to dry

It’s like China
Un-understandable store signs
Different plumbing
Unusual foods
Lots of smog
People wear red, green, blue and purple hair
Everyone on a cell phone
You hang your clothes outside to dry

It’s like the Caribbean
Noticeable accents
Catholic population . . . you think
Fresh fruit
Wild bus rides
Torrid summers
You hang your clothes outside to dry

It’s like back home
Fun
Friends
And laughter

Rome is just like every place else.