May 3, 2017 Rome, Italy
I first visited Rome when I was a senior in high school. I went for a one month Art History program that would not only provide me with a high school credit, but it allowed me to tour around all of Central Italy. It was my first time that far away from home and Italy had just won the World Cup, so as you can imagine the city was one massive party. I know it sounds exciting now, but at the time, I was so young and naive that I had not prepared myself for a country that takes their soccer so seriously, among all of the other culture changes you feel when you travel as a teen! I remember thinking Rome had an incredible amount of history but it was also loud, dirty, and just one big drunken party. Fast forward a decade later and I had the opportunity to revisit this amazing city again and I’m so happy I did. Rome is truly magical – I discovered a real charm about it that I didn’t think existed before and the main difference is I feel like I experienced the city as a local; we ate at REAL Italian restaurants (which I found out aren’t as common as you think), visited neighbourhoods away from the main tourist spots, and mainly fell in love with every cobblestone street I walked on. I’m really looking forward to sharing a lot more about this city in the coming weeks!