Making New Friends (Somehow)

Hello everyone!

It had been a few days since my last post, and because of that I have much to report!

On Tuesday Mary and I went to campus to find out where we are living and to begin the orientation process.  We were ecstatic when we found out that we are in fact living together. We have 5 other roommates, but as of right now only 3 have arrived.  Our roommates smell, are rude, and are no fun.  KIDDING. Mary and I could not be happier with Julia, Meghan, and Sarah.  They all go to school in the Midwest, are incredibly sweet, and best of all….NORMAL!!! Yay!!

Even more exciting, our apartment is literally right next to the Vatican.  Ugh, such a rough life I live.   Needless to say there will be many more selfies being taken with the Pope. I believe the additional years in purgatory count is now up to 7.  But hey, when in Rome right?

On Wednesday we reported to campus again, but this time for a full day of orientation.  I would like to think of myself as a social person, but my self-deprecating humor isn’t as charming as I think it is most of the time.  With that said, I suggested to Mary that we lightly pre-game orientation, to which she responded. “Francesca its 8:30 in the morning.” And so instead of having wine with my biscotto, I had milk.

Shockingly, I was able to be social and make new friends without liquid courage. I am very happy to say that John Cabot University is a beautiful school, filled with nice students from across the United States and world.  I am not sure how challenging I anticipate the curriculum being (I’ll let you know after my first day of classes), but regardless I am certain that I chose the right school.

On Wednesday night a large group of us went out to Campo di Firori.  I discovered that if you order drinks in Italian, you get free ones.  Can’t say that I was mad about it.

Yesterday was a fairly lazy day.  Mary and I enjoyed a panini and pizza a few doors down from our apartment at this lovely little bakery.  Buona, buona!

That’s all for now, again I’m pretty sure it is only my mother reading – so if your name isn’t Kathy Pompili, I greatly appreciate you taking a look at what this vagabond has been up to!




Princess Maria outside of our apartment.


The faces of two girls who just found out that they aren’t homeless.




Campus AKA why I will be going to class.


 She offers me friendship out of pity.


Order your scotch&soda in Italian…


Papa Francis

Hello friends!

Today I had the great privilege of spending the holiest day of the week with one of America’s holiest families, the Yadgirs.  As if I wasn’t already overwhelmed enough by the presence of the Holy Spirit, we went to the Vatican to the listen to the angelus of the beloved Pope Francis.  

The weather was absolutely horrendous, as it was POURING rain.  And then it hailed. And then rained some more, this time harder than I ever thought imaginable. And then some more hail. But true to form, Dr. Yadgir had a punny joke about the “Hail” Mary. He then proceeded to say a few Hail Mary’s and wait for it…the rain instantly stopped and the clouds parted.  I can imagine how giddy all the Catholics reading this (mom) just got.

Shortly thereafter Pope Francis appeared in the window to give his talk.  The highlights were his announcement of a trip to the Middle East where he will help collaborate with political leaders and try and facilitate moves toward peace in Palestine and Israel.

I was lucky enough in 2009 to be in St. Peter’s Basilica where Pope Benedict was saying Christmas Eve mass.  It is difficult to put into words how moving it was to participate in a mass being said by the Pope.  It was easily one of the most profound faith experiences I have ever had.

I digress…back to Papa Francis.  I was able to snap a few great pictures of him, my personal favorite is the one where he is waving to the people. Mary and I also had shameless fun taking selfies with the Pope in the background.  That blasphemous behavior likely gave us a few extra years in purgatory.

Thats all for now! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! I am off to try and watch the 49ers beat the Packers on a very illegal website that is destined to be shutdown by the American government at any moment.  Peace and love y’all.

Thank you for reading!


Mary and I were thrilled about the rain, clearly.







Finally in Rome


I am writing this post from the comfort of my Zio Stefano’s and Zia Cristina’s beautiful home in….Rome!

My flight from SFO to Frankfurt was not the most comfortable of rides.  A very kind, but very stressed out mother was sitting next to me.  The poor lady was traveling alone with five children under the age of 7. I felt so bad for her that I offered to basically watch her 18 month old twins for the duration of the flight.  Fortunately they slept almost the entire flight (thanks to some baby benadryl from the mom).  However, the twins slept on my lap for those 10 hours. Very, very cute in theory – a little too cozy in real life.  Regardless she insisted on paying me a small fortune when we landed, so I’m thinking a nice new scarf is in my future.

So after about 16 sleepless hours, I took a wonderfully long nap before having a delicious dinner of pizza con mia famiglia.

Tomorrow my uncle is dropping me off at the B&B where my best friend, Mary (the one who I am studying abroad with) and her family are staying.  We will go and hear the Pope speak and enjoy a nice lunch downtown before Mary says bye to her family and stays with me at Zio&Zia’s for the night.

Now that I have given you the play-by-play its time for me to call it a day!

Buona Notte!


The Husband Hunt

“Find a husband over der, Franché” were the words my grandpa left me with as he hugged me goodbye at the airport. I’ll do my best, Nonno.


En Route

I am currently on my way to SFO! Soon enough (or in half a day..) I will be in Germany and then ROME! This vagabond is so very excited to start her journey.

I just thought I would share with you the very first photo of my sojourn….my luggage! I know, I know, it’s quite a thrilling picture!!! You’re welcome!!!

Also, a big thank you to everyone who has called, texted, Facebook messaged, etc wishing me safe travels!