DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ
On first impression, the group was really nice and that proved to be correct throughout our trip. I was lucky enough to sit next to a girl on my trip on the plane and we watched cheesy movies set in Europe like Mama Mia and Sound of Music the entire time in between naps on tray tables.
Days 2-8: CORFU, GREECE
The trip started on Corfu. We worked sorting clothes in a warehouse for children of difficult situations who now live in temporary housing in one big building, similar to an orphanage. When we weren’t working we went and adventured. Firstly, we toured the farm where the kids help work on and checked out some of the animals. Then we went to this beach with amazing craggy cliffs that people could jump off of. We also went on boats and explored more beaches. Shopping in the town of Corfu and exploring an old fortress was also required before going back to the beach. We also visited the microbrewery that supplied the London Olympics. For our final night in Greece, we had a seafood dinner before taking the ferry to Italy.
DAYS 9-10: SORRENTO, ITALY
Say farewell to Corfu and board the ferry for Italy, for a short trip across the sea. A highlight from Sorrento was a boat trip on the Amalfi coast. Positano is one of my favorite places, especially after that.
DAYS 11-13: ROME, ITALY
Then we traveled to our final destination, Rome, where you’ll find an amazing sight around every corner. The Colosseum was amazing. My dad is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and there were students from UT at the Colosseum. They were kind enough to take photos of me doing the hook ‘em horns sign, when I noticed that tourists were giving me weird looks. Turns out hook ‘em horns means something different in Italian… Anyways after that we got to walk in the steps of Caesar in the Roman Forum and visit St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The next day we got to go and see the Sistine Chapel, which was incredible. The blues of the sky were amazing and even though we got yelled at by the guards for sitting on the floor (it was a 105+ degrees fahrenheit in there according to snapchat) it was truly an incredible experience. That night we finished with a fancy dinner having all of the wonderful pasta we could try. My personal favorites were the spaghetti and the pesto.