|From left: Me, Erin, Kelly, the only three on the trip!|
We walked back towards the hostel with the intentions to find some dinner along the way. We ended sitting outside at this place situated on one of the main roads in the city. We all ordered a glass of wine, even though I don't normally drink wine, it was only fit for a country where the wine is so highly regarded. I also ordered a fresh margherita pizza which, as you'll be able to guess, didn't disappoint either. We continued walking to the hostel and got gelato afterwards, another staple item in Italy. By the time we arrived back at the hostel, we had plans to naps and then go experience the night life but we ended up being to tired to rally so we all fell asleep.
In the morning, I got up around 9am to walk to the train station to catch my train to Florence, Italy to visit my cousin Noelle who was studying abroad there. She had visited me in Dublin earlier in the semester so I had promised her I'd visit while I was in Italy! And man oh man am I glad I did. The high speed train connected Rome and Florence through one of the prettiest landscapes I've ever been able to witness. Surrounding the tracks were big rolling hills with grape vineyards in every direction. It was another beautiful day out and the sun, beaming on the bright green grass, made for a train ride that, although I was planning to sleep on, made it very hard to close my eyes because I already felt like I was in a dream on the train. It reached speeds of about 150 mph and arrived in Florence around 1pm. When I got to the train station, I couldn't find wifi and I realized that I hadn't even asked Noelle what her address was, so I was just a lost puppy dog until I could find wifi. But if there's one thing I've learned from study abroad, it's to embrace all the moments, especially those where you might be lost. It's creates a mental toughness that even though you may feel lost in life, there's always going to be a way to figure things out and you have to do everything you can to make it work. So as I walked around the Florence train station with a glimmer hope of figuring out where to go, preparation met opportunity and I got lucky by finding a Wi-Fi network that worked. I received the address from Noelle and walked to her place.
|Collage I made after the experience|
|Panoramic views of the city|
On Saturday morning, I woke up, said goodbye to Noelle, and walked to the train station around 11am. I arrived back in Rome around 1pm and had wanted to go to the Vatican that day to finish off the Rome trip. The other two friends that I was in Rome with, Kelly and Erin, had left earlier around 10am for the Vatican so I was fine with traveling there on my own. Luckily, I was able to take the metro to Vatican City right from the train station.
Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to go into the Vatican or the Sistine Chapel because the line was incredibly long and I was a bit short on time. It was incredible just to stand in Vatican Square and take everything in on the bright sunny breezy day that it was.