Rome: First Impressions

It’s hard to sum up one week of a somewhat overwhelming amount of new things, but I’ll use pictures to make up for a lack of words.

After three hours of sitting on the plane waiting for Delta’s computer system to come back online, the flight from Atlanta to Rome went smoothly. Even from the air, Italy was a stunning sight to take in and it still hasn’t stopped impressing me. A little less than 9 hours later and I was walking through Rome’s Fiumicino airport with two other students in my IES program. We waited for a shuttle that took us to our respective apartments in the Prati neighborhood of Rome.

Just while walking to the IES Center from my apartment I pass Castel Sant’Angelo, get a view of the Vatican, and cross the Tiber River. It’s not just the sights that are impressive but, of course, the food is as well.

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Tomorrow we will go on a walking tour of Rome for a few hours and Monday classes will begin. Tuesday I have a meeting with the company I will be interning for and my apartment spontaneously booked a trip to Switzerland next weekend! There’s a lot of exciting new adventure ahead this week alone and I can’t wait to see what this semester holds.


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Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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