By: Angelo Boone

Visiting Italy has always been a life dream of mine. It didn’t occur to me that that dream could turn into a possibility until sometime in the middle of Gap Semester when I learned that we would be able to have free weekends to travel to other countries. At the beginning of our trip things were kind of stressful. We got out of class on Thursday and practically had to run to the tram stop then wait for the tram to bring us to the train station that nobody had ever been before. We arrived at the train station with 5 minutes to find out where we were, where we had to go, and how we had to get there. Eventually we made it on the train with a minute to spare and our journey had begun. This was the first time Cheyenne, Nate, Mary, and I had traveled like this, but we were able to figure things out okay. The first night we got settled into our little apartment then walked around until we found a place to eat. Man was the food good. The next morning we got up and made our trek to the Vatican. We figured out how the metro and bus lines in Rome work and made it there just fine. One thing I was not expecting was how many determined people were there to sell tourists things. Everyone got pretty agitated pretty quickly, but eventually we made it to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. That was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The next day we visited the Colosseum and Old Rome. It was cool to learn about how old those structures were and the history that has gone with them. We got a lot done in the two days we had in Rome, however, there is also a lot of stuff that we did not have time to do. I really want to come back to Italy one day, but I am still so glad I got to have this opportunity that I did this weekend.

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