I arrived safely in Rome on Monday after 9+ hour flight, and man, this city is so cool. Did not know a lot about Rome coming into this trip… All I knew is that it was this famous historic city. But, man, what a city!!
Shockingly our hotel is pretty nice minus the fact it is like 75% under construction. I swear construction follows me everywhere! My room has a balcony, which is so nice and so Italy!! I am obsessed!!! They also bring breakfast to our room every morning… Now that is a blessing!! We are slowly, but surely, learning our way around the city, which is pretty cool.
Monday night we went to a real Italian restaurant and were served 5 different courses starting with an appetizer and ending with dessert. The pasta was delicious, and let’s not forget the bread. I mean I love bread in general, but it is just so good and so fresh here!! I am in love with it.
Tuesday we hit the ground running and walked over 22,000 steps (thanks Fitbit). Contrary to popular belief, we do actually have a classroom/learning center where we have met and had lectures a couple of times, but mostly we are always on the move. Yesterday we had a tour guide that took us all over the place. We went to the National Gallery of Ancient Art and then went on a walking tour of the city center, which included The Spanish Steps, The Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. So much beautiful art, architecture, and style here in this city. I look forward to exploring some more in the coming days! We went to a nice cafe for dinner and ended up making friends with the staff… They love us! We sat there for a while and did homework because yes, that is apparently still necessary when abroad.
Today (Wednesday) we started out at the Vatican City radio station and we had a wonderful lecture from the coolest man. He has been working there for 40 years. We just talked about communication and various things. He has been all over the country with the Pope! We also went all over the Vatican including Sistine Chapel! It was so amazing!
Today also happens to be my Bia (Carl Brothers) 70th birthday!!! We got to celebrate this past Saturday night, and I am so glad I was able to be there. Kind of wish I was there to bring you breakfast like we usually do this morning, but we will have to to save that for another time! I am so thankful to have such a loving, caring, and selfless grandfather like my Bia! He has taught me so many valuable things over the years, and I will always be grateful for that! I hope you had the best day ever, Bia! Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!!
Jet-lag has been hardest thing for me, but in the past it has not been an issue. Weird I know! So let’s just pray that I will feel much more rested when I wake up tomorrow!
I will check in soon! Until then I hope things on the other side of the world are going great! Stay thankful my fiends!
Southern and Thankful
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