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When in Rome…

Although I had been to Rome before, I have recently gained a close friend in Milan. So naturally I put down my pencil at Uni and grabbed my passport. She packed her bags and met me in the beautiful city of Rome for an incredible ‘girls day out’.

The Colosseum 

Upon having incredible history behind the Colosseum, the area surrounding it is beautiful. Of course this area was a prime place to take pictures and enjoy a glass of Italian wine under the sunset. Remains of the Colosseum make for a great walk to and from the next site. 

The Vatican

Since we were visiting at the beginning of January, all Christmas decorations were getting taken down including the large tree in the middle of the square. This required a crane and several people to help take down hundreds of ornaments. Although we did not have time to go through the church, I would recommend having a ticket prior to visiting in order to skip the line and pay a more reasonable price.

The River Tiber

One of the longest rivers in Italy is the Tiber and along this river holds some of the most magnificent views in all of Europe. History fills the street from B.C. to today. Live entertainment is in the air and varies from pianists, to guitarist and singers to violinist surrounding the church. The entrance fee is very reasonable and the view from the top is over the entire city center.

Trevi Fountain

Of course visiting the Trevi Fountain was mandatory. After tossing a euro in the fountain, we were able to find a ‘hole in the wall’ Italian restaurant with homemade noodles, freshly made sauce and great red wine. Overall the trip to Italy was ‘magnifico’!

Let me know your experiences and suggestions below!

Once in a lifetime experience: Volunteering with AIESEC

Have you ever joined a programme that finally changed your whole life?

Or have your ever felt the overjoyed feeling after sharing plenty of your time with other people?

I have.

Two years ago, in winter 2015, I was given an opportunity to join a volunteer program with AIESEC Kocaeli, Turkey. Maybe some of you have ever heard about AIESEC. It is an international youth organisation that helps us to develop our potential skills by joining their programmes. In the project called ” Break Up the Barriers 2015″, I became one of the volunteers in the rehabilitation centres to ‘teach’ and share with the ‘disabled’ children there, together with the other 15 international participants from 8 different countries.

There are many unforgettable experiences that I gained from the programme, such as:

1. The kids taught us how to be more grateful

2. To open our mind and heart to see things from different point of views

3. Small things we did may give huge impacts to others

4.  Cultural sharing session

5. Had an opportunity to explore new country

6. Had an amazing host family

7. Tried local dishes

In the end of the programme, I realised how this 6-week volunteer programme had given me countless sweet moments that I always wanted to remember.

“It’s sad to know I’m done. But looking back, I’ve got a lot of memories.” – Bonnie Blair

Do you have any exchange experiences that you want to share? Please drop your comment below!

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