Italy has been so amazing thus far, and with little less than a week left, there is still so much to look forward to! Arriving in Venice I was very jet lagged, but I immediately felt better looking at the beautiful sites we saw from our water taxi. I enjoyed being able to visit the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano and even got a super cute bracelet I have worn almost every day since. The train rides have been a super great opportunity to catch up on reading and other homework for the week, while also enjoying some pretty breathtaking views. I think my next most favorite city was Padua, it's a small town with one of the oldest universities in the world. We saw a modern reenactment of Hamlet while we were there, and it was a great city to save a little money in. Milan was definitely not my favorite, and honestly way over hyped. It was super-hot and much more crowded having just come from somewhere very small. I also didn't enjoy Florence that much because it was even hotter, and our hotel was super far away from the center of town where most of our tours and the things we wanted to do were. That being said, I did enjoy shopping in Milan, and seeing the artwork in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. I am even more excited to be in Rome now! So far, we have toured the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Pantheon and tomorrow we are going to Vatican City. I am super excited for tomorrow, and maybe if we are lucky, we will get to see the pope!! I am also looking forward to getting a chance to go to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. I also hope I can enjoy some more yummy sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and gelato while I'm here. Tomorrow is also our last day of class before we have two free days, and it is honestly bittersweet. I have really enjoyed our class time because I have learned a lot about parts of history I didn't know before, and the texts we are reading are super interesting and fun. I also have just had a really good time getting to know all my classmates! 

Talk with yall soon!

-Catalina S.