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Angela's – Week 15: La Settimana Quindici Category

Ciao Roma!! Arrivederci!!

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

It’s time to say goodbye. It’s my last day in Rome.

I can’t believe the day has finally come. The place that I have learned to call home will soon be just a place of the past. It’s so hard to think that it may be a long time before I return. I wish that I could somehow explain to everyone how much Rome has changed my life, but it’s impossible to put into words. I’m going to miss Rome so much!…this is truely a magical place. I’ve learned so much about myself…I’ve seen so many amazing places and met so many amazing people. This has been an experience of a lifetime. I’ve had so many great experiences that I’ve been able to share with my friends, but everyone has a unique experience, one in which no matter how much they attempt to share, there is no way anyone could understand. It’s like another world, yet it’s reality. People say that I’ve been living a fantasy, a dream…but it is a reality. This is my life and these are my experiences. I often feel like it’s a dream I’m going to wake up from, but the truth is, I’m living the dream. This is my reality. And I hope that everyone can have some kind of experience in their life too in which they can hardly believe that what they are experiencing is real. No matter how much I try and talk myself into thinking that this is just a dream, I have to face reality…this is my reality. I lived in Rome for 5 months of my life. I have friends from other countries, who speak other languages. I have been to been to 8 different countries these past months. I can speak Italian. I am in total control of my life. If happiness is what you seek, then happiness you shall find. I could go on and on about how wonderful this experience has been for me and how it has changed me, but no matter what I say, no one will ever be able to truely understand.

Saint Mary’s Banquet

Angela, Katie, Giuliangela Saint Mary's Girls

Special Tour of the Vatican

Behind the Bronze Doors                  – – – – –                  The Queen’s Room

Bronze Doors Queen's Room

The King’s Room                            – – – – –                            The Sistine Chapel

King's Room Sistine Chapel

Goodbye Vatican

Angie St. Peter's

My Final Two Weeks in Rome

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise Tom Cruise Tom Cruise

Papal Audience

Angela Angie & Religious Items
American Flag St. Peter's Pope

Last Opera

Opera House Angela

Swiss Guard Soccer Game

Swiss Guard Team

Scavenger Hunt