-content by Hilary Tucker-
I have just returned from a fantastic Spring Break trip! For the past ten days I traveled throughout Italy with my family. We visited Rome, Florence, and Pisa! As you can imagine, there is a lot of planning that must take place prior to going to another country, especially when you are not staying in one city. I made sure to ask family and friends who traveled before what sites I needed to see, famous restaurants to eat at and how to actually go from one place to another.
It has been 9 weeks since I first moved to Europe and some time with my family was well needed! Italy was absolutely one of my favorite trips and is country number 8 added on to my abroad list. Our vacation was amazing, there is a lot of history in Italy and I found this particular trip to be different than others because of this. Compared to other cities and countries I have traveled to throughout the semester, I found it imperative to have a guide through all of our tours. There was so much to do, and not too much time! We toured the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, The Duomo, the Academia, and other landmarks throughout. After all of the flying, fast trains, and walking throughout the ancient grounds it was time to bring my family to Madrid where I could share my own knowledge!
When we arrived at the airport in Barajas, Madrid, I realized how I felt right at home. I could communicate with the people, I could navigate without doubting myself, and I could name the architectural buildings which flood the city streets. My family was impressed by how much I knew about Madrid and could tell how much I love the city I currently live in.
As I enter my 10th week of the semester, I am starting to realize Madrid is really my home now!