This past weekend we took our trip to Rome. We decided to still go after everything that had happened in Paris because we didn't want it to ruin the rest of our trip. We left for Rome Friday evening and arrived around 8:00 p.m. We went straight from the airport to the Trevi Fountain because we had a few hours to do something. From the airport, we were able to buy train tickets and the train took us straight to the Fountain. Making a wish at the Trevi Fountain has always been on my bucket list so I was so excited to be able to cross it off. Seeing the fountain at night was absolutely amazing. Everything was lit up and it was so pretty. We stayed at the fountain for a little while just admiring it and then decided to get something to eat. We decided to just walk the streets until we found something to eat and it turned out to be a good idea. We stooped at a little restaurant and had some amazing pasta. By the time we finish eating we were ready to head to our hotel. We didn't realize that we booked a hotel that was pretty far from where everything is. We had to take a very sketchy bus ride and walk about 20 minutes to find our hotel so by the time we found it we were definitely ready to crash.
The next day we planned to see everything on our list all in one day. We started out in the Vatican City to see the Sistine Chapel. Then we went to the other side of town where everything else was. We went to the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and the Spanish Steps. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy but we still enjoyed it. It was off season for tourist so some things were under construction. I would advise that if you plan to visit Rome any time don't make it in the winter! Even though there was construction, everything was still amazing to see. It was definitely a once in a life time experience for me.
On Sunday we had a few hours before our plane took off so we decided to do some more sight seeing. We took a horse drawn carriage ride around Old Rome and it was the best part of our trip. The ride wasn't cheap, but we were able to get on and off whenever we wanted to look around and take pictures. The plus side was that we didn't have to walk because after Saturday we were completely exhausted. Our ride was about an house so after that we went straight to the airport to return to Barcelona.
So this Thursday was Thanksgiving. This was the first holiday I've ever spent away from my family so it definitely made the home sickness kick in. It was hard to see everyone posting pictures with their families and to here from my family when they were all together. The school tried to do a little something for us for Thanksgiving. They did a prayer that morning and allowed us to do Thanksgiving lessons with our students. Some of the teachers and other staff members also hung up signs that said Happy Thanksgiving and many people walking by told us Happy Thanksgiving. I thought it was really nice of them since Thanksgiving is only an American holiday. After school I decided to do a little exploring on my own. I took the train to Placa Catalonia, which is like the city center. This is where all the restaurants and shops are . I just walked around and did a little shopping but it was a great experience to get out and do something on my own. After a few hours, I went back to my host family's house. I just spent the rest of the night playing with the kids and had dinner with my family. My host mom also made me a cake and it was delicious. Overall, it wasn't too bad, not being home with my family, and we only have 10 days left on our trip so I know I will see them soon.
SOME PICTURES FROM ROME
THANKSGIVING WITH MY STUDENTS