My European Spring Break consisted of a week-long exploration of Italy…a more sophisticated location compared to my experiences prior; replacing tequila with wine and pizza with REAL pizza. Â We began theÂ 7 day vacation in Venice, making our way down the coast toÂ Florence, Rome and ending ourÂ holiday inÂ Sorrento, home to the beautifully famous Amalfi Coast.Â Our 3 days and 2 evenings in VeniceÂ were very relaxed, compared to destinationsÂ that would come after.Â We wandered the streets, in awe of theÂ ‘floating city’…constantly staring in amazementÂ of this picturesque painting, come to life before our very eyes. It rained nearly the entire time that we were in Venice but luckily, the city is quite small and just as easy to navigate as I image it would be in the sunshine. Its a very romantic placeÂ and as much as I enjoyed theÂ gondola ride among an excited crew of girls…I would recommend this spot even more so to partners, looking to fall deeper in love. On our last day in Venice, we took a day trip to the beautiful islands ofÂ Murano, Burano and Torcello where the beauty of all these destinationsÂ proved that not even the coldest and dampest of weather could stop the brightly painted shops and home from shining. Â
After a very tiring 3am train ride…we found ourselves greeted by our second destination and one of the top travel destinations for foreign visitors: Florence. Unfortunately the lack of sleep, paired with copious amounts of redÂ wine challenged me to the 24 hrÂ flu and I was bed/bathroom ridden for the first dayÂ of the trip. But apart from this unfortunate circumstance, theÂ second trip was equally as beautiful and culturally eye-opening as the first.Â I can imagine why so many people choose to travel to Florence for their abroad experience as its filled with US exchange visitors and a perfect spot for University students to visit. TheÂ pasta, pizza and gelato is so much more than I could have ever imagined and if I would have stayed for a day longer…the Italian government would have had to roll me out its door. Unfortunately, on Easter morning, I experienced my first ‘dance’ with a gypsy, when outside the famous ‘Bursting of the Cart’ ceremony. At some point in between filming the ceremony, among thousands of tourists, my purse was cut open, and wallet inside stolen, just hours before taking out $400 Euro’s that I’d planned using to get me thru the second leg of the trip. This happened the day before our journey to Rome and luckily two of the girls that I was traveling with were more than happy to lend me cash until we ventured back to Prague. Of course this experience paired with my stomach fluÂ wasn’t the most positive of circumstances…but I was safe and had my passport, which is everything and more that one can hope for in these situations.
We arrived in Rome just two days later, eagerly awaiting our journey toÂ the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Vatican, Trevi Fountain…and the list goes on. ThereÂ is so much to see in Rome and I imagine that even if I had spent my full semester there…I still wouldn’t have had time to seeÂ it all. My favorite aspect of Rome were the people that we met and befriended at our hostel. And despite the bed bugs that infested our beds and eventually our bags…Rome was an incredible experience in which I hope that I’m lucky enough one day to go back to and get more of.Â Sorrento was our last destination and equally as relaxing as the first. We did a lot of exploring with much less of an agenda and much more time under our belts than the cities before. Many aspects of this Spring Break trip were at times overly stressful…but ending on such a high note of very large pasta and pizza dinners was the best wayÂ to finish off the trip. I have to say that as much as I loved this week-long excursion…I couldn’t be more exited to be back in Prague.