Italy has always been my dream destination to travel to. I had been anticipating this trip since Anna Bland first told me about it two years ago. I could not believe that I was finally going to experience the wonderful culture of Italy for thirteen days! However, thirteen days was not long enough. Over the course of two weeks, I had seen and experienced so many new and beautiful things. From the gelato, the wine, the pasta, the people, the scenery, the coffee, the historical monuments, the amazing friendships that grew, everything about Italy and this trip was unbelievable.
My favorite city we visited is a tie between four beautiful cities. Turin, Florence, Lucca, and Rome. They are all tied for my favorite city, because I experienced things in each city that made a huge impact on me. In Turin, I had the best pizza of my life. I am talking about mouth watering pizza. Sad thing is, it was not even mine. Fortunately, Becky let me steal a piece from hers. Florence was just stunning. I could sit and stare at the doors of the baptistry for hours. Along with the chapel that sits directly across from it. In Lucca, a group of my friends biked around the walls of the city. It was so fun exploring the city from a locals point of view. Finally I end with Rome. Rome is not one of my top cities because of the typical Colosseum or the Roman Forum. Rome is one of my top cities because of the Mamertine Prison. Mamertine Prison is speculated to be the hole in the ground where the apostle Paul wrote Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. As soon as I stepped in the cell, I became overwhelmed with emotions. I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit was in that tiny hole in the ground. Visiting Paul’s Prison cell, reading scripture and praying with some incredible people was the highlight of my trip.
When it came time to board our first flight from Rome to Atlanta I experienced a mixture of emotions. I was sad to leave Italy behind but I was also anxious and excited to see my friends and family back in the United States. The flight was long and by the end of the flight I was struggling to keep my eyes open. The flight from Atlanta to Memphis was a short 50 minutes. We finally landed in the Memphis around 9:30pm. I was so happy to be reunited with my family, as well as sleeping in my own bed.
I am so thankful I had the opportunity to be apart of this trip. Without Arkansas State Honors College I would have never been able to make these unforgettable memories.