December 15, 2015

The Joy of the Jubilee

This semester in Rome has been unforgettable. Interning so close to the Vatican has given me a close-up and in-depth look at the Vatican, Catholic Church, and Pope Francis. Being so close to all the action has allowed me to participate in the festivities of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in a real and meaningful […]

November 24, 2015

Unexpected Gratitude

This upcoming Thursday is Thanksgiving (not to mention my mom’s birthday–happy birthday, mom!). It will also be the first Thanksgiving that most of us Vatican interns have spent apart from our families. Every year at the dinner table, each member of my family takes turns saying what he or she is grateful for. I’ll miss […]

November 16, 2015

Perks & Photographs

  Vatican City, the smallest country in the world (both by area and population) located in the center of Rome, is impossible to miss. Especially when you’re living in Rome and working on Via della Conciliazione during the normal workweek. My favorite moment of the morning–and I am not a morning person, unfortunately enough–is passing […]

November 4, 2015

Under the Tuscan Sun (Or Clouds)

As I’m catching up on chronicling my weekends here, I would love to include one of my favorite days in Italy thus far: a bus2alps trip around two towns in Tuscany. When I traveled two years ago to Italy with my family, we missed out on the countryside–there’s just far too much of this beautiful […]

November 3, 2015

Jet-setters: Nonchalantly taking on Europe in ten days

Jet-setters: Nonchalantly taking on Europe in ten days

What a week! Planning for our ten day trip was absolutely exhausting; I definitely took every trip my parents planned for granted, it’s definitely not as easy as it looks. From scouring various airline sites, to researching each hostel and comparing it with AirBnb’s, to triple checking that the dates are correct (for some reason we’ve […]

October 30, 2015

A Day in the Countryside

Rome is a beautiful, exciting city but it can be hard to handle all the time! Getting out of the city on the weekends and exploring other parts of Europe is a great way to breathe and get a fresh perspective. Recently, two of my friends and I went on a day trip to Tivoli, […]

October 25, 2015

Working in Rome – A Global Experience

As a Villanova Rome Intern, my time abroad has been a little different than the typical college semester abroad. Instead of just classes and weekend trips, I have been given the incredible opportunity of interning at a real video news agency here in Rome. This internship has been one of the biggest components of my […]

October 14, 2015

Conquering Rome in Six Weeks Time

I can hardly believe that I’ve been in Rome for over six weeks. It immediately felt like home to me; I’m not entirely sure if that was a result of this trip to Rome being my third, or because eating a big ol’ plate of piping hot rigatoni carbonara sent me right back to my […]

October 13, 2015

I’m an explorer, not a tourist.

I’m an explorer, not a tourist.

“I’m an explorer, not a tourist.” These were some of the first words said to me during my first week here in Rome. Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am an explorer. I am also a student and a young professional wide-eyed in a new city. Coming to study abroad in Rome was a […]

October 13, 2015

An Island in the Sun…

An Island in the Sun…

I’d heard about it a thousand times before coming. It was the get away island smack in the middle of paradise. It was the luxe island where people spent honeymoons basking in the Mediterranean sun. I had literally never seen a picture of Capri before going there and I just expected another beautiful coastal city. I […]

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