rome, day one

You know how you’re supposed to study abroad and come back a changed person? Independent, confident, self-reliant, and such/whatnot/all that jazz?

Welll sorry to feed the cliches, but it’s so true.

But the most drastic way I’ve cornily “grown as a person?”

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I am SUCH A GOOD PACKER NOW.

First of all, I am a girl. Girls need their things. Outfit options, shoes, toiletries, shoes, accessories, and a pair of heels just in case.

Considering the 27 dresses (after a heartbreaking elimination) I packed in my two overweight checked bags on my way over to Dublin…you probably don’t want to hear about my sad, sad night packing for Spain. Fitting a week into a backpack was such a painful process.

But there’s a happy ending! From then on, I was a pro packer.

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And with these packing skills under my belt, I set off with my parents for the city founded by Romulus and Remus, shown as little babies above.

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First stop: the Colosseum. This massive arena was literally as in-your-face as my first photo on this post is–the second you emerged from the subway, it loomed in front of you.

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Horse butts abounded in Rome

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As did pretty churches,

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pretty views, and sunsets.

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Of course, I couldn’t let you down and forget an obligatory baked good picture.

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We rounded off the evening with a visit to the Trevi Fountain

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And ended the night on a lucky note with a wish at 11:11.

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