My stay in Rome has come to a close. In the last few days I have tried to soak up as much of it as I could, seeing the Pope yesterday afternoon, walking over the bridge a few more times, and eating a panini and my last Italian gelato. Although it was pouring down rain, seeing the Pope talk yesterday was a surreal experience. He walked out onto the balcony of his apartment, high above Saint Peter’s Square, and addressed the public. Leonardo endured the rain for the once in a lifetime experience! I had my last Italian gelato today with my two favorite flavors: Amarena and Mous Nutella. After being in Rome, I’m sure I will never look at American gelato the same!
My experience in Rome has been great to say the least. Although they do not have all the amenities or products that America has, (clothes dryer, peanut butter, a grocery store open at 10 p.m.) we have learned to make do and appreciate all the things that Rome does have to offer that America doesn’t. It has been an amazing experience to live amongst such history.
Tonight we are taking a night train to Vienna, Austria, where we will spend a few days exploring the city. I will also be turning 21 at midnight tonight (3 p.m. West Coast time), on the train! Not many people can say they turned 21 in the Alps!
Arrivederci for now! (I guess I am going to need to learn goodbye in the other languages)
P.S. – all hail the green and blue.