• Italy,  Study Abroad,  Travel

    When in Rome

    “It was here that Nero practiced riding his chariot,” my guide’s voice faded as my eyes wandered over the marble statues that lined St. Peter’s square.  Little did I know that it would be even harder for me to pay attention once inside the basilica. The light shone through the basilica at an angle, hitting the marble in a heavenly way. I walked around, head staring up at the ceiling and mouth parted in awe. Everywhere you looked there was art: statues, frescos, and different colored marble. It was a sight that was easy to get lost in, and that’s exactly what I did. “Our tour starts in 10 minutes,”…

  • Italy,  Study Abroad,  Travel

    Horsing Around in Siena

    It started with the rhythmic chant flooding my ears then slowly, but somehow all at once, it turned into silence, a crowd of thousands, still. Well, if I was going to be completely honest, it started with me running in the hopes of catching the train that was seconds away from leaving. It almost ended the same way too, but I’ll get to that later. My train pulled into the station sending a wave of second thoughts. What had I gotten myself into? How would I find my friend in a country where the street signs were in a different language? While I had heard about the Palio di Siena, the extent…