Rome, Italy: the city full of lasts. The time has come for us to explore our final destination as a group. Though there was a bittersweet sentiment for us all, the sense of gratitude and pure joy rooted from witnessing historical masterpieces such as the Vatican and the Roman Colosseum was undeniable. There were tender moments on the Spanish Steps and late nights spent taking in all the city had to offer.
Team Alpha, formed what seemed ages ago in Berlin, has been reunited into Team Vici to take on the last important sights within Rome. Together we explored the many layers of the city by visiting places such as the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Basilica San Clemente. I loved this because it was genuinely so much fun to see how much closer we had become as a small group. The fact that we were all incredibly comfortable around one another within a few weeks completely blew my mind and made the memories that much sweeter.
Our last meal together was filled with encouraging words, laughter, and tears. The strong sense of love we had for each other is one that I will never forget. The two scoops of Gioliti’s and late night hang out afterwards was simply icing on the cake!
During our time in Rome, our group was afforded the opportunity of visiting Princess Rita to learn a great deal of Italian history. This was a day in which I was reminded of the significance of discovery in life. Princess Rita encouraged us to “not look at everything with 21st century eyes,” or else we would find ourselves struggling to understand the motives behind hundreds of historical events. This shared thought intrigued me because of how much sense it made, but also how many times I hadn’t really considered it myself. I then connected it to how oftentimes people in the world choose not to look at occurrences from the perspectives of those not like them, and wondered why we have a tendency to do this as human beings when no real harm comes from hearing someone else out.
I want to end this with a quote shared by Princess Rita that has now become one of my personal favorites. I hope it inspires you to create a promising future out of your most sincere passions.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” -Joseph Campbell
Take it easy,