Day Five: Train to Turin

Katie and Vicky on the train to Turin

Katie and Vicky on the train to Turin

We left Rome on Wednesday at 10 a.m. A four and a half hour train ride took us to Turin, where we will begin the second half of our Italian adventure. Many of us made the mistake of only checking the weather forecast for Rome when packing for our trip, so the snow in Turin was a surprise. Thankfully, the weather will warm up in the coming days.

Due to our traveling, this was a light day in terms of reporting. Two of us were up before the sun to film. Three other students did not go to Turin with the rest of the group and did reporting elsewhere.

First, Fahmo and Sarah stayed up late last night and woke up early this morning, filming a race called the midnight run.

The pair is covering students from St. John’s University and the impact of the Catholic Vincentian’s mission on Rome’s homeless community. The students distributed bagged meals during the midnight run, and our photographers were sure to snap a picture of the Vatican at sunrise.

Between the late night and early morning, the lack of sleep was rough but, ultimately, worthwhile. The two reporters quickly found their mojo.

“I always second guess my early morning reporting routine,” said Fahmo. “However, once I’m in the moment, I just know things are going to work out, and it will make my story ten times better than it already could be.”

Fahmo and Sarah's camera in Vatican City at dawn.

Fahmo and Sarah’s camera in Vatican City at dawn.

Juan and Marissa stayed behind in Rome and caught a train to Turin later in the day. They interviewed refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Gambia, Ghana, and other countries. The immigrants are unemployed and many are homeless. The Jesuit Refugee Service runs Centro Astalli, a day center that provides food, medical services, and job assistance for the immigrants.

“A worker there,” said Marissa, “said immigrants face dire futures lacking work and resources. He said the Italian government, media, and some of the general public view immigrants as draining the resources of an already struggling economy.”

While Juan and Marissa hung back and joined us in Turin later in the day, Chavie ventured far from the group. She took a train to Venice to report on the Jewish community and how the new Chief Rabbi is trying to revitalize Jewish life in the sinking city.

In two weeks, the community will be holding memorial events to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Jewish ghetto.

Chavie will rejoin the group  tomorrow and fill us in on what she learned.

Chavie in Venice

Chavie in Venice

And finally…dinner! Tonight, we went to Ristorante Sibiriaki, a Siberian restaurant. Our first course was gnocchis in a cream sauce, which is not particularly Russian. The main dish was veal or, for the vegetarians, cheese and vegetables. All food was eaten, and all laughs were had.

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