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Whirlwind Week

by Kara Solazzi

So it has been a little over a week since I left good old Boston, but with all of the traveling, tours, and events it feels like much longer. I started the week with a few days in London which was amazing. The transit system is pleasantly and surprisingly easy to navigate so it was very simple for me and a few other friends to get lunch and tour Westminster Abbey. Two things I would absolutely recommend is to walk the area at night (not alone of course) and take a ride on the London Eye. London comes alive at night, the buildings look stunning and there are not nearly as many people so you get the absolute perfect picture without the fifty million other tourists photobombing it. The London Eye, is absolutely worth the wait in line. The view you get is something you will never get to see otherwise (and also makes a great new default picture on Facebook).

 

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After my casual weekend in London, I was off to Rome for the next three days where I think I logged about 75 hours of walking tours. I guess when they tell you to wear comfortable shoes they actually mean it. The weirdest part is that you can be walking down an alley of modern buildings and then suddenly stumble upon an ancient statue or monument. The other weird thing was to actually see the Coliseum. By now we have all seen the pictures and know exactly what both the inside and the outside look like, but to see it in person and walk inside it is mind boggling. My other favorite memory was getting an Italian dinner with friends by the Trevi Fountain and then just sitting by the steps with gelato. The entire thing is absolutely massive and breathtaking. It captures the essence of power and serenity perfectly as everyone tosses their coins in, hoping their wishes come true. I must say though I am still waiting for Adam Levine to realize that we are soulmates but maybe the fountain is a bit back logged.

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Florence has a completely different feeling from the constant hustle of Rome. It is much more peaceful probably because there are not twenty street vendors yelling at you to buy their ugly bracelets at every corner. It is everything I hoped it would be from the cute little alley ways and shops to the elaborate Duomo and church buildings. I still cannot believe that I am lucky enough to be living in this amazing city. I have only been here for a few days but they are already filled with amazing memories and experiences. It makes me even more excited for the rest of the month.abroad 280

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