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Rome Day 16: Randy’s and Chill

Another day, another change of plans. Some of our scheduled events for Tuesday were cancelled due to obstacles beyond our control, but we hoped to use the last day  in Rome to complete our arranged adventures. Because our plans changed, the Hofstra Romans had a very relaxing day and enjoyed a large gap of time between class and… Continue reading Rome Day 16: Randy’s and Chill

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Rome Day 15: Church Crawl

What’s a bar crawl? In Rome, we do church crawls. After a class that was less intense than I expected, we met Professor Hillebrad to begin our tour of a few key churches. Our first stop was at one of the sites I had been waiting for the entire trip: the Basilica of San Clemente. This is… Continue reading Rome Day 15: Church Crawl

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Rome Day 14: R&R

Sunday was a necessary day of rest and relaxation from our exciting and sleepless weekend in Ibiza (posts to come). Most of us slept, ate food or watched Netflix for a few hours before dinnertime Sunday night. Professor Hillebrand made reservations at Open Baladin, a pub that promotes an “open experience” with its craft beers,… Continue reading Rome Day 14: R&R

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Rome Day 13: A Visit to the Vineyards

What’s the weekend without some wine? Thursday we travelled to Monte Porzio Catone, a town in the outer hills of Rome, for a wine tasting at Casale Sonnino. Our host, George, was a sweet, enthusiastic American whose family had owned the property for centuries. The whole day was extremely relaxed, with George telling us stories… Continue reading Rome Day 13: A Visit to the Vineyards

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Rome Day 12: Migrant Lives Matter

The Hofstra Romans were gifted a once in a lifetime opportunity Wednesday. Our friends from Shoot4Change gave us a tip that the Embassy of the United States was holding a workshop and video screening for organizations involved with and helping the refugees flooding into Italy. Although we were too big of a group to secure a… Continue reading Rome Day 12: Migrant Lives Matter

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Rome Day 11: Ruins Tour

Tuesday was another fairly relaxing day. We put in a great amount of work for Shoot4Change and then had a few hours on our own. A few of us planned our adventures for the upcoming weekend and worked out the details for travel. We met our professors and Melissa Connolly at 4:30 to depart for… Continue reading Rome Day 11: Ruins Tour

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Rome Day 10: Movie Monday

We had a very relaxed day after our return from a lovely weekend in Florence (posts to come). This week was our major production and work week for class, so we were tightening our ship and preparing to sail. After about three hours of working on material for Shoot4Change, we had a few hours to… Continue reading Rome Day 10: Movie Monday

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Rome Day 9: Cinecitta

Something that has surprised me on this trip is how well everyone wakes up and comes to class after having late nights. Then again, if someone did not get up, we would be banging his door down and dragging him to class. Even though I went to bed at 4 a.m., my body really would… Continue reading Rome Day 9: Cinecitta

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Rome Day 8: L’Aquila

Wednesday was a super special day. We traveled to L’Aquila, which as I mentioned before, is one of Shoot4Change’s big focus areas after it has not been rebuilt following a devastating earthquake. What we came across with S4C is far worse than I imagined: homes completely in ruins, piles of rubble along the roads, a… Continue reading Rome Day 8: L’Aquila

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Rome Day 7: Good Eats and Good Sights

Our first full week in Rome has come and gone much too quickly. Tuesday was filled with excitement for the new week, but also with some bitterness as we moved further away from our dream weekend getaway to Sorrento (posts to come). In class, we finalized our final proposal to send to Shoot4Change and then… Continue reading Rome Day 7: Good Eats and Good Sights