December 7, 2014

Nothing Compares to Rome

Venice Unlike other cities, Venice doesn’t exactly have a list of places and monuments one must visit before leaving. More than anything, one goes to Venice for the atmosphere. It is unlike any other place I’ve been in, with its narrow winding alleyways and canals. I really enjoyed just walking around with my friends without […]

November 24, 2014

International Conference on Autism: Animating Hope

This past week, I was given the unique opportunity to attend the Vatican’s first ever International Conference on Autism, titled “Animating Hope.” The conference was attended by more than 650 people from 57 different countries. Among this group were world-renowned researchers, scientists, religious and political leaders, and autistic persons and their parents. The conference was […]

November 18, 2014

Venezia

This past weekend, a few friends and I decided to take a trip to Venice! We took a train from Rome (which is about a 3.5 hour journey) and pulled into Venice around 6pm Friday night. As soon as we walked out of Venice’s central train station, Venezia Santa Lucia, we were right on the […]

November 15, 2014

Behind the Veil

I am about to raise a very complex questions. Have you ever wondered what is the one commonality that binds all of us; people, women, men, children, together? The answer to this very complex question is simple. What we all share in common is that we are all human beings. We share an often overlooked […]

November 12, 2014

Fall Break!

This week was our fall break! It was nice to get away for a while and enjoy a short reprieve from school/work, and especially great to see my family again. I met them in Zurich last Friday morning– we spent the weekend in Switzerland, which was awesome! We spent Friday exploring Zurich– we hopped on […]

October 26, 2014

Aqueducts, Villa Borghese, Spanish Steps

This week for “At Home in Rome,” our teacher took us to the Roman aqueducts! The aqueducts were constructed in order to bring water into the city from distant sources. They supplied public baths, latrines, fountains, and private households. What I found particularly interesting was that in the 1950s, the aqueducts were occupied by poor […]

October 26, 2014

Chocolate and other happenings

Perugia Chocolate. Such a beautiful word. Just the promise of it can turn a bad day into a bearable one. Now imagine a festival dedicated to chocolate in all its shapes and forms. Well, that is exactly what Eurochocolate 2014 offered. I had always dreamed of attending one of these famous festivals in the city […]

October 26, 2014

Day Trips: My favorite mode of exploration

When you smell the sweet scent of cocoa, see colorful balloons dancing to the breeze, and find carefully sculpted chocolate figures, you know where you are: Europe’s biggest chocolate festival. Last weekend, my friends and I took a day trip to Perugia, which was hosting the 2014 Eurochocolate Festival. Home to hundreds of artisanal chocolate […]

October 20, 2014

Primavalle & Field Study

It has been a busy week here in Rome! Cynthia and I were given our official press badges, which allowed us to attend press conferences surrounding the Synod of Bishops; I was even there when they released the “working document” that has gotten so much media attention in the United States and all over the […]

October 20, 2014

The best experiences come as surprises

Somebody pinch me because my weekend at the Amalfi Coast must have been a dream. A few weekends ago I took a trip to one of the most unforgettable destinations. In the two days that I had at the Amalfi, I saw more than I could have imagined, ate the freshest meals, walked up more […]

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