In Spain by Eller Student

Rome. Was. Amazing.

Friday morning we arrived around 9am to our hostel. It was my first experience in a hostel and I loved it. When I travel/backpack around Europe someday I will be most definitely be staying in hostels. We met a really cute Chinese girl named Dana who is studying abroad in Florence. She normally goes to school in Ohio and had been living in the US since she was in high school, and decided to continue her college education in America. Surprisingly, she said the college education in the US is better than China. We also met an Aussie who is traveling Europe for five months by herself. This was so inspiring to me. I would love to do something like that.

Our first day we saw Palentino Hill, Roman Forum, and the Colosseum. Wow. This was so incredible. The fact that it is so old and dates back to the ancient Romans is amazing. How they built all that is crazy to me. We had an audio guide of the Colosseum which was very insightful. It basically told us some history and facts. Incredible stuff. After that we headed to lunch and to the Trevi fountain.

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to make our 3 hour tour in the Vatican. Our tour guide was Dario, a tall, handsome, Italian man with the lightest green eyes I have ever seen. He was also hilarious. The tour was so informational, inspiring, and even had some humor via Dario. I was absolutely blown away. The Sistine Chapel was gorgeous. The fact that I have been seeing it in pictures and history books my whole life and then I was literally gazing up at it was astounding. It was very spiritually to see such beautiful artwork and the passion behind it.

My favorite- St. Peter’s Basilica. Wow. So gorgeous. The intricate architecture, statues, and artwork literally took my breath away. It was probably the most beautiful thing I have seen in Europe. I fell in love. Tomes history was so deep and it have me a sense of how old this world really is. It’s something that I can’t explain, it gave me such peace to sit there and take it all in.