Our last three days in Europe were spent in Rome.

The first day we arrived in Rome we got on a train and headed to Tivoli to see Emperor Hadrian’s beautiful Villa D’Este. It was late afternoon and very few people were there. The sun was setting, the views were gorgeous, and the garden was absolutely stunning. It was totally worth it!!

The next two days were spent doing last-minute shopping and revisiting other monuments. We finally got to go inside Francesco Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, the dome is awe-inspiring! Of course my friend and I stopped by the gorgeous Louis Vuitton store to pick up a few family gifts.

My last meal in Roma was tortellini cacio e pepe. SO GOOD! I obviously ate gelato every single day so I could savor the goodness that is Italian ice cream 🙂

My last travel photo is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where we landed on a connecting flight to Houston, TX.

I miss Italy so much! Texas isn’t the same. This entire semester was eye-opening, inspiring, beautiful, and so much fun. I enjoyed every single country I visited. I miss the people, the way of life, the food, the atmosphere… It’s such a luxury to walk by ancient/new architecture every day and just take it all in. Texas does not have any of that, so I miss looking around town and being completely in awe of what I am looking at. I will be back for sure, but this chapter is closing on my European adventure.

Until next time,




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Photography by Sophia Kountakis.

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