Roman Around Italy and Spain

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Several Luther students pursue in-depth and immersive study by participating in semester and year-long programs off campus. These blogs are meant to help friends, family, and future Norse experience life alongside our students around the globe.

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Hi there! Libby here!

We are all back at the flat now, finished with finals and ready to start up our next term on campus. During my last week of break I traveled to Italy and Spain! In Italy I visited Rome and in Spain I visited Malaga and Cordoba!

I got to my B&B in Rome and my host took me around the plaza that she lived in, and first stop was the Pantheon! The architecture was absolutely incredible! After checking that out, I went on a quick fountain tour and saw about 10 different Roman-themed fountains. The next morning, I set out to see 5 specific things and ended up seeing a thousand things along my walk. I woke up early and first started the half-hour walk to Vatican City, looked around the St. Peter’s Basilica (the Sistine Chapel was closed that morning), and then headed to the Spanish Steps. While there I had a small breakfast croissant before I headed to the famous Trevi Fountain (the one that was featured in the Lizzie McGuire Movie). After making a wish at the fountain, I toured the ruins of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. I spent the rest of the day walking around eating gelato and eventually meeting up with Britta (my fellow Nottingham Flatmate) and her friend Mariah!

The next morning Britta, Mariah, and I went to visit the Sistine Chapel! Thanks to Paideia, we were able to point out many of the distinct people in the paintings of Michelangelo. After spending the morning there I headed to the airport to take off for my next destination: Malaga, Spain! I arrived in Malaga fairly late, so I just found a quick dinner and went to my B&B for the evening.

I only had the morning in Malaga, so I tried to fit in as much as I could! I started at the Alcazaba, which is an old Moorish fortress turned into a garden within a castle. Then I walked to the cathedral and ate at a little restaurant called El Pimpi. Afterwards, I walked via the Palmeral De Las Sorpresas (the Palm Grove of Surprises) to the train station. I took a train to Cordoba, where I was planning on meeting up with a few Luther students during their J-term trip in Spain.

While in Cordoba I visited the Cathedral Mosque, the Calleja de las Flores (the streets of the flowers), the Roman Ruins, and the Roman Bridge of Cordoba. Finally, I ended the evening by meeting up with my friend Katrina at Victoria Market for late night snacks! The next morning it was up early to head to the airport for my final flight of the break: back to London!

My train ride from London to Nottingham was a bit delayed, as there was a large fire at the Nottingham Rail station. Everyone made it back safely and in time for finals the next week!

Wish us luck on the coming term!


Raspberry and 'Smurf' flavored gelato in front of the Pantheon!
The Trevi fountain, This legend claims that you should throw three coins into the fountain. The first coin guarantees your return to Rome, the second will ensure a new romance, and the third will ensure marriage. And of course, I threw 3 in :)
Me in front of the Roman Colosseum in Rome!
The little walk called Palmeral de las Sorpresas.
The inside of the Mezquita-Catedral de Cordoba.
The Roman Bridge of Cordoba.