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Last day in Rome: Vatican City. No, we did not see the Pope. He came out the day before. St. Peter's Basilica is ENORMOUS. The architecture was stunning. We also hit the Sistine Chapel and got to see Michelangelo's work. The Creation of Adam is one of my favorite works of all time and it was breathtaking in person. After leaving the Vatican, we found a little place called Bir & Fud where we had: you guessed it... beer and food. They had an impressive collection of draught beer and our bar tender was knowledgeable and entertaining. If I ever get back to Rome, I'm hitting this place up. It was a VIBE. On our way back to our B+B, we went back to the Trevi and enjoyed some gelato for the last night. It was beyond words.

This was absolutely one of the best trips I've ever gone on. In Italy there's no shortage of wild flowers, CRAZY traffic, and men wearing scarves. There IS a shortage of signage (be prepared to circle for hours), free water, and free public restrooms. Yes, you have to pay to use restrooms over there.

I learned a lot on this trip -- not only about Italy, but about myself. Travelling is the only thing money can buy that makes you richer. I may not have become an Italian Pop Star... but I did get an experience of a lifetime.

"Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation."

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Second day in Rome was spent visiting the Spanish steps and the Pantheon-- which was super impressive. My dad suggested we selfie with the oculus (the opening at the top of the dome, see above) and everyone thought we were crazy Americans. True, obviously. We tossed a few coins in the Trevi fountain and wandered around the Colosseum. My favorite part was sitting outside enjoying a beer across the street from the Colosseum... it was like a scene out of a movie. The accordion player was just a bonus ;) Later we went back to our little part of the city and headed back to Buona for dinner + Christian served us again. My mom offered for him to come stay with us in Chicago and he gave her his email + number... typical mom move. I definitely did not complain though... fingers crossed he takes us up on that offer. (We made plans to meet up with him the next night for drinks but we got back late + didn't have time... bummed).

They serve a beer at Buona called Birradamare Rossa-- a German-inspired red double-malt ale. SO GOOD. I wonder how much it costs to import it...

My birthday is in two months.... cough cough.
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