Was listening to drake’s sophomore album this morning and was transported to when it first came out and all the memories that came along with it. Miss it so much but what a good time it was. Roma per sempre. #tbt #localsatourboys #gladiatorssoccer #coachdanilo #tuscany #finalnightattrevi #mediterranean

Was listening to drake’s sophomore album this morning and was transported to when it first came out and all the memories that came along with it. Miss it so much but what a good time it was. Roma per sempre. #tbt #localsatourboys #gladiatorssoccer #coachdanilo #tuscany #finalnightattrevi #mediterranean

La Vita Romana

Benvenuti! Here is my blog: a glimpse of my semester abroad in Rome, Italy for a the Fall Semester of my Junior year at Saint Mary’s College of California. It is a collection of photos and writings documenting my trips, travels,  and adventures of the culture, ambiance and lifestyle of the best semester of my life.

Last Night In Rome

To say bittersweet would not be doing justice to how I feel about leaving. I have met some of the most incredible people in one of the world’s greatest cities and really never thought I would ever have this opportunity in any part of my life. Looking back I’ve been able to travel to the biggest landmarks in Europe, learn Italian, learn how to travel efficiently, live in Italy for 4 months, learn to cook and experience a completely different lifestyle while soaking up the culture, meeting the locals and making the most of my time in Rome. I am so thankful that my parents and my school made this opportunity available for me and that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my parents here in Italy when the previous time they traveled outside of North America was on their honeymoon. I have also made some of the greatest friends from all parts of the country that I have spent every weekend/Tuesday night at Karaoke night with. I am soo sad that we won’t be blocks away from each other starting tomorrow.

Studying abroad was definitely a risk to take, especially because of leaving St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse for the fall while my team was back in Moraga training their asses off, leaving the comfort of the United States and living in a place where the main language was completely foreign. I have had the best time of my life here and will leave Italy with some of the best memories I could have ever asked for. I am so grateful for this experience, but know that I need to get back to things in Seattle and California, ready to start up the lacrosse season strong and return to my family. I love Italy and definitely will be back to visit the place where I have some of the best memories. Ciao for now Italy, ci vediamo pronto!

Disneyland Parc Paris

Since Disneyland was so accessible from Paris and Mollie’s cousin had the connect for good student rates, we hit the happiest place on earth, European style. Disneyland was absolutely great, just a little mind blowing because I wasn’t aware that all the Disney characters spoke French too! Lots of fun to see the differences between the American and French parks, but beautiful to see it during Christmas time! Sparkling lights, Christmas trees and snowflakes were everywhere just to add to the elegance and beauty of the park. Had a great time there with Mollie, Amanda and Madisen going on all the rides to and seeing how ridiculous our faces were when they took the pictures. Absolutely wonderful day!

Je T’Aime Paris!

Paris was absolutely a dream come true. One of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited with great friends, great food, great sites and great memories. I went from Thursday-Monday with lots of site seeing and was able to see some of the most well-known places in the world! The places/monuments I saw were: The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, The Lourve, the Mona Lisa, The Sacre Coeur Basilica, The Versaille Palace, Notre Dame, and Disneyland Parc Paris. My favorite thing I saw was when the Eiffel Tower lit up every hour on the hour and sparkled for about 10 minutes. It was absolutey breathtaking, especially when my friends and I took the lift up to the very top to see the view of the entire city. Definitely one of the most beautiful cities my whole semester, especially because of how much I have heard of the city through stories, legends, music and books, and of course the most iconic symbol of the Eiffel Tower. Also picked up some french phrases too: Bonne Soiree!

Disneyland Parc, Paris, France

Disneyland Parc, Paris, France

Versailles, France

Versailles, France

La Tour Eiffel, Paris, France

La Tour Eiffel, Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France

Paris, France