Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

I have been absolutely blessed with the opportunity to spend all of this month in Rome, expanding my skills as a journalist while exploring somewhere completely foreign and therefore new and exciting to me.

We’ve been here for a little over a week and we have done so much since we got here about 10 days ago. Yet, for whatever reason, it still doesn’t feel real.

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It’s honestly so strange, somewhere in my brain, something just is not connecting. I’m still waiting to wake up back in Maryland and find out it’s all been a dream, because there is no way that I truly stood inside the Coliseum or woke up super early to climb up an active volcano that had my head literally in the clouds. But that’s just it, I did. All these things actually happened.

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I can’t even say I understand how I got to this point. Coming on this trip started off as a off-hand, “wouldn’t it be cool if…” suggestion. I was not really being serious when I mentioned this trip to my mom a few months back. When I stepped into that information session, it was completely out of curiosity, nothing more. A meeting I attended in effort to kill some time turned into a dream come true and I don’t think I could be more grateful if I tried.

The best part of all is that this is only the beginning. There’s still so much more to see, explore, and experience: The Vatican, olive oil tasting on the countryside, a gondola ride in Venice.

Even if it doesn’t fully hit me until it’s all over, I cannot wait to take in every single second of it all.

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