A great thing about going to school in Boulder, Colorado is being so close to Red Rocks Amphitheater, potentially the best outdoor concert venue in the world! All of my friends in the United States had the pleasure of seeing the Chainsmokers live at Red Rocks. Although I am so happy and excited to be in France, this is something I felt I missed out on. Lucky for me, I did a little research and found out the Chainsmokers were playing in Milan on the first night of my fall break!
Little did I know, this would open up many more opportunities. RyanAir flies out of Milan which would allow me to travel practically anywhere inside Europe for very cheap! I had my heart set on Santorini, Greece but I also thought it might be a little unrealistic. To my surprise, it would be affordable and easy to get there! To make the most of my time, I decided to go to Rome for the final weekend of my vacation. Rome was not necessarily on my “abroad bucket list” but how can you spend four months in Europe and never see Rome?
My friend Olivia and I planned our vacations together. Fall break started on Saturday, when we trained from Nice to Milan. We spent the night in Milan where we stayed in an AirBnb within walking distance from the concert venue. We worked our way up to front row despite angering some feisty Italian girls. It was an incredible night. The next day we flew to Athens and then to Santorini. We explored the island while also taking time to relax and enjoy being on “island time.” On Thursday morning, we flew back to Athens and then to Rome. In Rome, we stayed in Trastevere which was adorable! We went sight seeing, of course, and enjoyed a lot of delicious pasta. At last, on Sunday, we returned to Nice.
This video may make it seem like we are obsessed with the Chainsmokers but in reality they just put on an amazing concert and it will be a night I’ll never forget.
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My name is Lee Foden and I am a journalism student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Born in Maine, I love the ocean and am looking forward to spending my time by the Mediterranean next semester! I am taking a break from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and headed to the rocky beaches of Nice, France. Follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my European adventures!
From International Internship in Italy to Pursuing Public Health
by Shaina Moran
IES Internships alumna Michelle Wagner (Rome Summer Internship 2015 | Penn State University) wears many hats: graduate student, world traveler, public health enthusiast, and blogger, to name a few. In a previous role as an IES intern in Rome, Michelle participated in hands-on work, came face-to-face with social issues, gained a professional mentor, and paved her path to graduate school. Read on Michelle explains her international internship in Italy.