Rome and Florence

My spring break happened to coincide with the spring breaks of a few of my friends! Ashton, Laurel, and George made the trip to Copenhagen in March. First, we explored my city. I showed them my apartment and my school. Next we hit the highlights: Glyptotek art museum, Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Nyhavn, The Little Mermaid, and Amalienborg Palace for the changing of the guard. While they were here, Copenhagen received its biggest snow of the year. It made for a chilly but hygge few days.

Next, we jetted off to Italy! We started off in Rome – the Trevi fountain and Pantheon made for a intriguing first day. We ate a LOT of pasta & had no regrets. We also frequently visited a cafe near our AirBnb. They practically knew our orders by the end of the week! One day in Rome was dedicated to the Vatican City. We entered the gigantic walls of the tiny country to visit the museum and the Sistine Chapel, both of which were awe-inspiring. After our self guided tour and a lovely break in the gardens, we headed to St. Peter’s Basilica. The sheer size of the building and surrounding columns is incredible. While standing in a huge line to enter the Basilica, we watched a streaming of the Pope greeting people on large screens in the courtyard. We supposed it must have been prerecorded, until we walked into the Basilica and SAW POPE FRANCIS! Okay so we only saw his head from about 30 feet away, but “One time I saw the Pope” makes for a pretty awesome icebreaker in social settings. If you see me anytime in the near future, look forward to hearing me say those words 😉

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In the afternoon, we visited the colosseum and the forum and were transported back into ancient history. It began to POUR rain, but it was still a fascinating sight.

After a few days, we took a train to Florence for the day. We had breakfast in an “American” diner. It was hilariously filled with stereotypical American things that Europeans often think we enjoy. We saw the Florence cathedral and headed to Galleria d’Accademia. It happened to be International Women’s Day, so the girls enjoyed fully refunded tickets (sorry George!) MichelAngelo’s David was astounding. I think we probably stared at it for twenty minutes before speaking. We headed to the Uffizi gallery, and spent a good three hours enjoying the masterpieces there. As a finale, we enjoyed a fantastic dinner. I had a classic spaghetti, but something about it made it the best spaghetti of my life. I sometimes think about that spaghetti to this day!

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We arrived to Copenhagen late Friday, and had another nice dinner downtown before drinks at my favorite bar. We danced the night away and had a tearful goodbye at the metro stop. I am so thankful to have great childhood friends and memories we will treasure for a lifetime!

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