The smallest country in the world, the Vatican City State isn’t small when it comes to the wealth of history, architecture, and sites to see. With over five million people visiting this small country within Rome each year, it bears testament (pun intended) to just how important this place is for history, art and, of course, religion.
If Rome had dazzled me on my first night in the city, then it continued to enchant me even more so in the day time during the following day. Waking up around 7:30, I freshened up and got ready to head out to the other Airbnb in which I would be staying with my family, as they were due to arrive that same morning. We would be spending the next four nights exploring the city proper, as well as making day trips to the Vatican and Tivoli. It’d been almost four months since I last saw them, and it would be great to see them again.
Although I had already been traveling for almost a month after the end of my first semester as a lectrice d’anglais, I was still keen on the vacances de Noël *officially* arriving in mid-December. I’d already booked my flight to Rome in September, since I knew that I would be done teaching by then, and I was excited not only to return after eleven years to the “Eternal City,” but also to see my family, with whom I would be traveling for the next two weeks.
Bonne année à tous!
Seriously, it’s hard to believe that it’s 2018 already. It sounds cliché to say, but time really flew this year. Maybe it’s a matter of getting older, that each year starts to blend together and makes it difficult to distinguish where one ends and the other begins. In any case, plenty of things have happened in 2017– the good, the bad, and the in-between.
It’s finally 2018!
As we head into a new year, we’re leaving another behind. Another 365 days are past us, and many of us are eager to wipe away past mistakes and start anew. With the first day of 2018 done, there’s plenty of optimism with the remaining 364 days to come.