Ciao America!

Killian Gilvary
January 22, 2014


I still cannot believe that I am leaving for Rome in less than 11 days. It feels so surreal, like I am living a dream. While I have never been more excited about a semester, I am also scared out of my mind. I am not the best when it comes to change, and traveling abroad and living in Italy is definitely a big change! Not only am I scared of change, but I am also scared of missing out on everything happening back here in America. I have a major case of FOMO, also known as the fear of missing out. Thankfully, the thoughts of being able to walk the Spanish Steps, eat real Italian food, and see my favorite works of art in person are more than enough to shake all the scared and nervous feelings out of my head.

There are so many things I need to do to prepare, and I am the biggest procrastinator in the world (making the preparing part unnecessarily stressful)! While I have been trying to put off packing for as long as possible, I think it is time for me to give in and start. There are so many little things I am afraid I’ll forget, but I am even more nervous about leaving behind the important things!

I cannot wait to keep everyone updated on my travels in Italy, and to show everyone the country’s beauty through my photos! Wish me luck with packing, and I’ll be updating from Italy very soon!

Gelato is the perfect packing motivator.

After reading about 20 travel guides, I finally picked the perfect one!

I visited Penn State to say my final goodbyes to all my friends! If only it was this sunny and warm during my visit.

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">I am currently a junior at the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Art History and Criminology. I am an active member in the service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and I enjoy giving back to my community and school. In my free time, I enjoy photography, cooking, reading, and spending time with my friends. Traveling to Italy has always been one of my goals, and I have been lucky enough to receive the opportunity to study abroad in Rome. I look forward to seeing all of my favorite works of art in person, as well as being able to immerse myself in the Italian culture. I hope my blog will not only allow you to view my experience in Rome, but that it will also allow you to immerse yourself in the Italian culture through my photos.</span></p>

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