Friday, June 29, 2012

1 Day=9 subway trips= 4 basilicas

Today for some reason I woke up at 3:30 and was wide awake which means I just got 4 hours of sleep after being up for 34 hours. So I decided that I would eat breakfast around 7 than head to the Vatican.
Once I got there I was informed that I would not be able to go into the St.Peters Basilica till one because the Pope had a special mass for the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul. Since it was ticket only I couldn't sneak into the line. So I decided to go check out this gift store that I really liked but for some reason it was closed. I just kept walking and I saw this nun walk into this undisclosed door and I don't know why but I decided to follow her. It turned out that it was a private chapel and a cardinal was celebrating mass!! That was by far the coolest part of my day. Even though I did not understand one word of the mass.
After mass I went to St. Paul outside the walls. This is a great church! They believe that St. Paul was killed at this site for his faith! I went to mass there too and once again I had no clue what they were saying besides his English greeting at the beginning.
Then I went back to the Vatican and got into St. Peters and climbed up to the top of the dome!! It was so sweet but it I had to do stairs the whole way and it was hot hot hot!!
After the Vatican I got back on the subway and went to St. John Lateran, this is the popes official church! Right next to that you have the holy stairs, the steps that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem. You can only go up them on your knees!
On my way back I stopped by Mary Major again just to see it!
Tomorrow I don't really have plans I am just going to see what happens and head to the airport to sleep since my flight leaves Rome at 6 am.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Finally Made It!!

Well I finally got to Rome after traveling for 24 hours.. The good news is that I was able to get an exit row seat for the overseas flight which was really nice but I still couldn't sleep because for the most part it was like ten pm colorado time and I do not sleep that early!
Once I finally got to Rome after ridding the train into the city it took me awhile to find the hostel.
Right when I dropped all my stuff off I went straight to the Basilica of Mary Major. Here is probably the best picture I took there! The name of the church reflects two ideas of greatness ("major"), that of a major (or papal) basilica and that of the largest (major) church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Tonight I watched the Italy vs Germany soccer game with a bunch of Italians and Germans... Great time! Tomorrow I plan on going to the Vatican and also Basilica of St. John Lateran!

As always..If you would like to contact me while I am in Europe, of course you can comment on any of these posts! I will still have Internet access so you can E-mail me at Olson.Jeffrey.R@Gmail.com. I have a WiFi texting number - (325) 203-5211, so you can text me whenever you want but I will only get it when I have WiFi. You can also Skype me any time, my Skype name is Wingspanolson!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Waiting waiting waiting....

Well today is the day! No one ever knows what time to really get to the airport. You can be on the risky side and get there an hour to a hour and a half and not waste any time or... You can be like me who never wants to be late for anything... Since that is the case I'm two hours before my flight leaves and I'm already at the gate! Oh well, maybe I can work my magic and get an exit row seat before they do something that no one understands and give the exit row to someone that is only five feet tall!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Less Then A Week!


Wow! It is crazy that in a week from today I will be in Rome! I have all my bags packed! Today I have completed my first term for the masters program. I didn't want to get too excited before I was fully done with this semester! But now that I am done....

YAHOOOOO!!!!!

Three years ago when I was in Rome with my pilgrimage I claimed that I will be back to Rome the summer after I graduate... Done!   I have found out that the hostel that I am staying in Rome, every night they serve free pizza... PERFECT! I am so excited to see the difference between the school system here and in Lithuania. Also, I am excited to see the different culture and enjoy a different pace of life!

If you would like to contact me while I am in Europe, of course you can comment on any of these posts! I will still have Internet access so you can E-mail me at Olson.Jeffrey.R@Gmail.com. I have a WiFi texting number - (325) 203-5211, so you can text me whenever you want but I will only get it when I have WiFi. You can also Skype me any time, my Skype name is Wingspanolson!

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