My Study Abroad Experience in Rome and Weekend Travels

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Alexis Mergus

 
I decided that I wanted to spend my spring semester of junior year abroad in Rome, Italy. The school I am currently attending in the John Felice Rome Center and I am extremely thankful for the wonderful memories I have made so far. Please keep up with my adventures as I will be taking more weekend trips to different countries over the course of the semester. Thank you and enjoy!

2018 Venice Carnival

Venice, Italy

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. One of the highlights of the trip and carnival itself, was seeing the Venetian masks that is a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival, but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.

Pompeii

Pompeii, Naples, Italy

Pompeii provides an outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city has re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in the thick layer of ash and lava which poured down from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii remains one of my favorite ruin sites that I have ever seen. The way that the homes and ancient roadways are preserved after being uncovered will blow you away. If any of you ever get the chance to visit, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Weekend trip to Lisbon!

Lisbon, Portugal

I love traveling and learning about different cultures. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Lisbon, Portugal and it was an incredible trip. I stayed with one my close friends family members and was able to explore this beautiful city from a locals perspective. I can honestly say that I love food just as much as traveling and the food in Lisbon was phenomenal!!! I ate a traditional dish called Bacalhau, is the Portuguese word for cod. This was one of my favorite destinations so far and I can't wait to visit again!!

Quick trip to Milan!

Milan, Italy

I was able to recently visit Milan, the Italian capital of fashion! This beautiful city has so much to offer, from history to shopping to gorgeous architecture, and even better you can catch its top highlights in a single day. Our first day there we visited the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and got to feed pigeons!!! (it kind of freaked me out because they all came flying at me at once but it was definitely an experience to remember). Afterwards we visited the shopping district located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. In the pictures I posted below, you can really see how luxurious this shopping center really is. Later on that day I also had the BEST gelato that I have ever had (check out the picture below). Milan is a beautiful city filled with the kindest people and I'm thankful for the time I got to spend there.

 

2018 Venice Carnival

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Venice, Italy
The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. One of the highlights of the trip and carnival itself, was seeing the Venetian masks that is a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival, but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status.
 

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Pompeii

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Pompeii, Naples
Pompeii provides an outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city has re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in the thick layer of ash and lava which poured down from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii remains one of my favorite ruin sites that I have ever seen. The way that the homes and ancient roadways are preserved after being uncovered will blow you away. If any of you ever get the chance to visit, I promise you will not be disappointed.
 

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Weekend trip to Lisbon!

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Lisbon, Portugal
I love traveling and learning about different cultures. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit Lisbon, Portugal and it was an incredible trip. I stayed with one my close friends family members and was able to explore this beautiful city from a locals perspective. I can honestly say that I love food just as much as traveling and the food in Lisbon was phenomenal!!! I ate a traditional dish called Bacalhau, is the Portuguese word for cod. This was one of my favorite destinations so far and I can't wait to visit again!!
 

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Quick trip to Milan!

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Milan, Italy
I was able to recently visit Milan, the Italian capital of fashion! This beautiful city has so much to offer, from history to shopping to gorgeous architecture, and even better you can catch its top highlights in a single day. Our first day there we visited the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and got to feed pigeons!!! (it kind of freaked me out because they all came flying at me at once but it was definitely an experience to remember). Afterwards we visited the shopping district located on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. In the pictures I posted below, you can really see how luxurious this shopping center really is. Later on that day I also had the BEST gelato that I have ever had (check out the picture below). Milan is a beautiful city filled with the kindest people and I'm thankful for the time I got to spend there.
 

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