When In Rome

Luther’s Malta and the Mediterranean Program, currently in its 26th year, offers students the opportunity to spend a semester exploring Malta's rich history and traveling to other countries in the Mediterranean region. Coursework includes Paideia II: Ethical Issues in the Mediterranean, a Service Learning class, where program participants teach English to recent immigrants to Malta, Maltese History and Culture and additional classes taken at the University of Malta.

To learn more about the program, visit the Malta Semester website.

This past weekend we went to Rome! It was the first of three group trips we will take as a class this spring. Our flight left bright and early Friday morning so most of us ordered coffee immediately after getting to the airport!

We landed in Rome in no time and checked into our hotel. After unpacking and orienting ourselves in the city, our tour guide met us in the hotel lobby. Nino, our know-all tour guide, led us around the neighborhood and pointed out various historical monuments. We stayed just blocks away from the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the place where Julius Ceasar was killed.

For four days we ate pasta, pizza, and gelato. My mouth waters when I think about how great the food was! Thankfully we got in a lot of steps while wandering around (that was my justification for buying gelato twice a day).

Nino was our guide for Vatican City and the Colosseum. He was such a knowledgable guide! We especially loved his wise humor and rich narrations describing what life was like for the ancient Romans. Throughout the weekend I struggled to grasp the reality of what I was seeing at each site. My jaw dropped over and over whether we were in The Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, The Colosseum, or the Roman Forum.

On Monday evening we flew back to Malta. It was startling to return "home" to our flat in Sliema as opposed to flying back to the United States after a weekend away. Although Rome was remarkable, I was happy to get back to the Sea and catch up on sleep before classes this week.

Will Douglas in front of St. Peter's Basilica
Erin Halverson and Erin Hocker near the Spanish Steps
Malta 2018 group ready to go into Vatican City