Rome: land of history, art, and selfie sticks.
We were told that Rome was built on a tourist market and we experienced it first hand. Immediately after stepping out of the Rome train station we were offered to buy some selfie sticks, and the offer never stopped. But I don't blame them, we were tourists.
It was amazing to see so many historical sites that i had only seen previously in movies and post cards. We crammed as many churches, cathedrals, museums, and historical sites into two days as possible and were exhausted by the end. Jared and I constantly joked about how our middle school history teacher Mr. Barber would have geeked out about all the monuments and structures that we were seeing. And hey, I geeked out too.
Standing and seeing pieces of history like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and Raphael's School of Athens forces you to think about the human condition, but also humanizes the artists and events that took place in these places. Although it was a long time ago, they were still human, and they are still like us.
Oh...and if you ever visit Rome, make sure to eat gelato at least twice a day. It's good for the soul.