JET LAG - ROME pt. 01 / by Caitlin Trickett

I MADE IT! I can't believe that I am finally in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Fayetteville ushered us out on the morning of Jan. 4th with a light dusting of snow. From there I went to Houston - Frankfurt - Rome with little to no troubles (except the 70 pound luggage crisis of 2015).  In the 15+ hours of traveling I only managed to sleep during about 1.5 of them which caused me to go to sleep almost immediately after settling into my Pratti apartment. I got up at 1:30 in the morning and couldn't go back to sleep making for a very long Day 02. This post was composed at 5:30 this morning so as you can see I'm doing better but the jet lag isn't completely done with me yet.

You would've thought that I only had 2 days in Rome with all of the sites I visited!  Everything from the Pantheon to Vatican City to Piazza Navona and beyond. Rome is like that person in class that everyone thinks is so attractive and then you come to find that they also has a great personality (strange way of personifying Rome).  These photos are from a bit of an ambitious Day 02.

^ The halfway point between my neighborhood of Pratti and Cesar's neighborhood of Trastevere. 2 miles/45 minute walk separates us from our other classmates. I'm thinking that investing in a bike could be a good idea...

^ The Vatican was one of the first big monuments I got to see while in Rome. I just happened upon it! Turns out that we're next door neighbors with Vatican City (and Pope Francis) so I'll have the pleasure of seeing it everyday on my walk to school.

^ The Pantheon. We got there just in time; they were kicking everyone out for a mass service.

^ Piazza Navona is like the Times Square of Rome (sort of...not really). There were so many activities going on here from carnival games, to carousel rides, to magic shows. 

^ Day 02 was actually the holiday of Epiphany which marks the end of the Christmas season. There were so many people standing in line for a spot at the Vatican and people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the huge parade. Very cool to be a part of!

^ So many beautiful bridges over the river.

^ Sitting in the window of my room at the apartment. Hopefully I'll get a post out here with a little tour of the place. 

Thanks for taking a look!