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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Consolidating...

I can now afford to take a little time out to consolidate my current situation thus far...

The weather outside is a little warm with the sun shining, though rather weakly through the clouds that continue to pervade the skies. The nights are a little cooler though and the stars can be seen quite sharp as they begin their run in the night.

I have successfuly completed my registration and gotten all my courses approved and done up for the academic year 2007-08. I went to the Angelicum last Monday. The whole exercise took almost 3/4 of the day and after that I was in a total daze! :-P I don't begin my classes till after 8 or 9 October. Till then I have some time to settle into the College a little bit more. The opportunity also allows me to look at what textbooks I need to buy. That means a trip down to the Vatican area where the Daughters of St Paul's are, which I plan to do so the coming week ahead. I may also drop in again to the University to get use to the bus routes there and back. I may explore the surrounding area and see else they have to offer besides the place of studies...

Yesterday, to complete the College's oeirntation program, the V Rector and our SD took us, newbies, on a little pilgrimage to 3 basilicas and one catacomb site. We spend almost the whole day exploring those fascinating places and, in the midst of them all, we almost lost a fellow priest when he couldn't arrive at our bus in time as we unknowingly left without him at one of our stops. We managed to realize our missing priest and returned to retrieve him safely. :-D We went to the Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls, the Basilica of St Mary Major and the Basilica of John Baptist and Evangelist. Earlier we went to the Catacombs of St Callisto, one of the 27 catacombs site outside the periphery of Rome. This particular one had a total stretch of 20 km to explore! But we only went through just about 2 km of it with our guide that formed as part of the tour.

For now, I am thankful for the free time available!

3 comments:

Young Minstrel said...

CONGRATULATIONS PAPS ON PASSING ITALIANO!!!! now u can eat pizza n pasta with a little more pride :p!!

temp cache..ooooh..i hoooope!!! how to trace ah?

Paps, can advise me?
http://youngminstrel.blogspot.com/2007/09/now-what.html

Anonymous said...

Hi Fr Aloy!

Congrats on passing your Italian course! =) Great to read that you're settling in well in Rome. Hope you'll get a chance to explore the Roman countryside in between classes. We'll always keep you in our prayers. Ciao!

~ Shaun Goh
(sgss80@yahoo.com)

Anonymous said...

Hi Fral!

I love the catacombs there! I caught a 10min bus ride from outside of John Laterano. The catacomb's souvenir shop has the cheapest souvenirs... I think. So if you decide to get some... go there!! :o)

Enjoy your free time and Praise God for allowing you to tear apart Babel one language at a time! Taking a day trip to Assisi tomorrow perhaps?? ;p

Alf

 

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