Finally Abroad!

Posted By: Sarah Fairbanks
Posted On: April 24th, 2017
Attending: DCU

So for Easter weekend I was fortunate enough to venture off to Rome with fellow scholar Brittney Dunbar! I don’t even know where to begin. It was so incredible… It was my first time outside of Ireland since I’ve been here, so that meant a lot. I was just so excited to go anywhere at that point! Who knew the sun shines all day in other places? Rome, Italy was sunny and 70 :)))) about 20 degrees Celsius for those of you who need the conversion. I know I did.

What really wowed me was how old so many of the tourist attractions are—the Coliseum, Vatican City, the Roman forum, the Pantheon—and how they are still around for us to admire in 2017. To think that people actually built these without any power tools or heavy machinery is so mind-boggling to me. The sheer scope of them was overwhelming, but yet the details were so elaborate it was hard to take in. The Sistine Chapel, for example, blew me away. The ceiling was so high, and the room so big that again, it left me speechless. The human race is truly amazing. The talents we have been given and the beauty created from them is really awe-inspiring. **Fun fact: Michelangelo did not lay down to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. He did it standing and suffered from neck and back complications for the rest of his long life. AND, the Sistine Chapel was his first paint job! He had mostly sculpted beforehand. Like what????

Britt and I loved the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) most of all. We went about four times over the course of two days and loved just sitting there eating our gelato 🙂 I will not comment on how much gelato we had over the weekend… Just a hint, though, it was only about 3 euro !!! So for those of you who have seen the Lizzie McGuire Movie, this is the fountain Lizzie tossed the coin into. Britt and I did the same, but strangely enough, there was not a Paulo in sight. That’s okay, though. Tossing a coin in the fountain means you’ll be back to Rome so I’m cool with that 🙂

I really can’t wait to explore somewhere else after going to Rome. I highly recommend it. It’s rich with history, has nice weather, amazing food, is great for tourists, and is definitely a very romantic city if you’re into it Xx.

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