Well, folks, I can’t believe that this time last week I was exploring the wondrous city of Rome. Talk about an amazing trip! I am so grateful that I was handed this opportunity, and I still can’t believe that it actually happened. Not only did I get to experience Rome in all its glory, I met a FAB group of teachers who I can now call friends after just four days together. Yes, my trip was that awesome.
What did I do?
I toured the sights! Did you know Rome is the oldest continuously populated city in the world, dating back to 625 BC? I am a history girl, so it’s always been on my list to visit this city so rich in it. While in the “Eternal City,” I toured the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Vatican City (not to mention that every building in Rome is an awe-inspiring sight – so OLD, ornate, detailed, impressive!) The artwork was also out of this world. How human hands could build, sculpt, and paint such works blows my mind. I am far more inspired by days of old than the latest and greatest technology, so this city was for me.
I ate everything! Pizza, pasta, gelato, bread – you name it, I was all about it. When in Rome, right?! (Heard that joke a few million times when there, but what the heck. ) The food was fresh, flavorful, and I pretty much felt like I was having an amorous affair with each bite. I was definitely embracing the carb loading (minus the follow up run). One of Rome’s signature dishes is Pasta Carbonara – which has always been a favorite. Mmm. Also, the food miiiight have simply tasted better just because it was in Italy. I had my fair share of cappuccinos and vino, too. That’s amore!
I made friends! I was traveling with a group of teachers from my region and several of us instantly hit it off and became fast friends. This part was such a pleasant surprise. I knew I would love Rome but didn’t know how much I’d love the company! We enjoyed strolling around the squares, shopping and walking into old churches, and nights sitting outside drinking wine and enjoying great conversation. (Surprisingly, we touched upon politics and religion and everyone made it out alive!) I laughed my tail off with these guys and I couldn’t have asked for a more spirited group of people to enjoy my trip with – I can’t wait for our reunion!
This experience reminded me that there’s always more to learn, more to see, more to do, more people to meet – and that we should seek out every opportunity to explore!
Wicked Healthy Wonderings:
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
Are you drawn to old things or new things?