When In Rome…

This summer, I studied abroad and spent five weeks in Europe traveling to various countries such as England, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

I started my trip in London, England, where I stayed there for three days. My favorite part of London was definitely their accents and seeing the guards that aren’t allowed to speak or move. It was great!

I spent most of my time in the city of Rome, where I took two classes, lived in an Italian apartment, and had a ton of pasta and pizza. If you think they are joking when they say Italians only eat pasta and pizza, they really aren’t. The Italians live a little different to say the least. Say goodbye to the sweet air conditioner that we all take for granted, and hello to sitting still and somehow still sweating in your apartment. No, they do not have air conditioning in their homes, or restaurants, or anywhere! When there is a sign on the door that says air conditioning, they are lying. Don’t get me wrong, Rome was beautiful, but it was insanely hot the entire time. You also better get used to walking everywhere, because their public transportation is unreliable. But, walking everywhere may not be a bad thing, because everywhere you walk is absolutely beautiful. Getting lost can actually take you to the most beautiful part in that city.

The people in Italy drive like crazy people. They cut in and out of people, and I don’t think they even have lines on the road! The road is wherever they want it to be. Rome has the most mopeds you will ever find as well. They are literally everywhere!

Let’s talk about the food while abroad, because it might be the best food you will ever eat. Eating pasta or pizza every day is something you just don’t get tired of because the Italians sure know how to cook. And don’t even get me started on how amazing the wine was. Every wine in Italy was to die for and was so cheap! Great wine and cheap and you’re in Rome. Don’t think it could get any better than that. And I can’t forget to talk about the gelato. Every flavor and every kind is incredible. One of my favorite parts about Italy. I would go just for the gelato!

Not only did I get to travel to the amazing city of Rome, but I also traveled to Venice and Florence. Venice is the incredible city build on water. Where you are constantly walking over every size bridge possible. When I was in Florence, I went we went to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, where I could not go inside because the man claimed my dress was a pair of shorts. While traveling in Italy, make sure you remember that in order to go into any church, you must cover your knees and your shoulders. Then, and only then, will you be permitted to go inside. And believe me, you will go into more churches you ever have in your entire life. They are everywhere, but they aren’t your typical churches. They are amazing in every way, shape, and form.

Not only did I get to travel to the amazing city of Rome, but I also traveled to Venice and Florence. Venice is the incredible city build on water. Where you are constantly walking over every size bridge possible. When I was in Florence, I went we went to Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, where I could not go inside because the man claimed my dress was a pair of shorts. While traveling in Italy, make sure you remember that in order to go into any church, you must cover your knees and your shoulders. Then, and only then, will you be permitted to go inside. And believe me, you will go into more churches you ever have in your entire life. They are everywhere, but they aren’t your typical churches. They are amazing in every way, shape, and form.

Before my trip to Italy came to an end, I went to Tuscany and tasted the fine wines of Italy, and had my last amazing Italian meal. It was a great way to put my trip to time in Italy to an end!

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn

After studying in Italy for four weeks I flew to Brussels, Belgium, where I met my boyfriend. He picked me up from the airport, and we drove four hours to Paris, France. Paris was something out of the movies and was by far my favorite place I went to all summer, and I went to some incredible places. The Eiffel tower is something you just don’t get tired of looking at. I could have sat there all day and just stared at it. It was unquestionably beautiful. Everyone always says the French people are mean—well, they just aren’t saying that, because they actually are. I did, however, experience rude people in Italy, as well—a lot more than I expected there to be.

After our road trip to Paris, we drove all the way to Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where my boyfriend is from. I stayed in the Netherlands for a week. The Netherlands was so much colder than every other place I went to. I was freezing the entire time, but I loved it. We went to Amsterdam, where prostitution is legal and weed is legal (technically weed is legal in the entire country of the Netherlands, but they have stores called “coffee shops,” where you can buy all types of different weed. Interesting, to say the least. They have a red light district where women are literally in the windows, basically as if they are for sale. Something I didn’t much enjoy seeing, but it was definitely different. The Netherlands has the most bikes I’ve ever seen in my life. Apparently they ride their bikes everywhere there. Crazy, huh?

After the Netherlands, my five-week adventure came to an end, but I was blessed with memories to last a lifetime! Studying abroad is something I would recommend to everyone.

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Venice
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Gondola ride in Venice
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Paris with my boyfriend
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Barcelona beach
Inside the colosseum
Inside the colosseum
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Amsterdam
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