St. Peter’s Basilica

If you have the opportunity to go into St. Peter’s Basilica from bottom-to-top, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! It’s definitely tiresome, but well worth it.

My tour was early on a Tuesday morning, which meant no one was there. After the tour, I was extremely grateful that we were the only people in there at the time, because it’s not a very spacious place. The earlier you go, the better it will be and the better experience you will gain from the tour!

First off, my group started two levels below floor level. The ceilings were low and it seemed rather humid, but what we saw was a great history lesson.

We looked at preserved tombs and caskets of previous popes. We were not allowed to take pictures there so I do not have any to show you, but I can’t imagine how long it took to create a single casket. They were made of marble, then had carvings of other people or animals on the outside. The carvings were 3-D and we learned that typically the largest carving of a person was the person who was inside of the casket.

For a tomb to be this old, it was very modern for whoever goes to see it today. They now have electric sliding-glass doors to make it easy to walk from point A to point B.

St. Peter’s Basilica is full of chapels that represent different cultures. Each one is very beautiful and diverse from the rest.

After visiting the tombs and chapels, we climbed to the top of the Basilica where you can have a breathtaking view of Rome. There were 550 stair steps, and as you climb to the top the staircases are rather narrow. Even worse, they curve slightly because of the shape of the dome.

After this exhausting trek, the view made up for it.

Mosaic within Basilica
The Pope’s Parliament

Roman Forum

Known for being located in the center of Rome, the Roman Forum is filled with beautiful elements of ancient government buildings.

It’s crazy to think about what this place was like when it used to be part of everyday life.

Elections, celebrations of triumphs, public speeches, campaigns, criminal trials and gladiatorial matches took place here.

Located between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Roman Forum used to be the most celebrated meeting place in the world.

 

 

London, England

This is my all-time favorite place to travel from now on – just wondering when I can go again?

Here are the things I did and absolutely loved:

(1) The Buckingham Palace – We got there early Saturday morning about the time they were changing the guards. This made it a little more crowded, but I suggest going at this time because it’s such a neat process to see! You’ll also feel safe because lots of cops (in their cute BMWs) will be circling the gates.

(2) Hard Rock Cafe, London: I was craving a piece of home (aka a pulled pork sandwich). It’s almost baseball season and that’s all I can think about. Also, the loaded nachos – SO good. Who knew overpriced American food could be so tasty?

(3) Browse the National Gallery – then take a break for tea.

Check out their cute website here: http://www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk/the-national-cafe/

My goal is to have Thanksgiving here at this cafe one day đŸ˜‰

P.S. – If you’re smarter than me, don’t forget to order a scone while at the cafe!

(4) Have breakfast/break time at The Pastry Parlor:

I had a breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg and cheese with a flat white. I sure will miss flat whites while in Rome! I tried HQ sauce for the first time on the sandwich and am wishing I bought a bottle to bring back with me.

(5) Visit the British Museum:

We went on a Sunday, which was free. Most museums in Europe allow free admission on Sundays!

Even on a rainy day, it was pretty crowded. There are four floors of displays, so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time!

There is also a cafeteria there as well if you’d like to break for tea and a pastry.

(6) Take a walk around Picadilly Square:

Here there is lots of shopping – including an M&M world.

Picadilly Square is basically London’s version of New York’s Times Square. Huge billboards, lots of lights, very crowded, but so much fun!

(7) Amorino Cafe – for gelato and macaroons!

I got dark chocolate with raspberry gelato – it was the perfect combo. I got a raspberry macaroon on top, which had raspberry gelato inside of it!

(8) Visit the Tower of London & the bridge – it’s breathtaking!

(9) Take a look at The Ritz Hotel and how BEAUTIFUL the decor is!

(10) Grab an eclaire at Maitre Choux – and a flat white!

(11) Take a look at the London Eye, and while you’re over there, take a look at Big Ben!

(12) Shop at Westfield Mall – this is the most beautiful mall you will ever step foot into. It’s also the largest mall in the world!

While you’re there, try Nando’s at the food courts. It’s a chain in England, and it tastes so fresh!

You get to pick the flavor / spice of your chicken. I got chicken wings with lemon & herb on them and they were incredible! The garlic bread is super good too. Also, order a side of rice!

This place has such a cute environment, I highly suggest it!

(13) Find a Paul’s – This is a bakery that’s also located in New York.

I got a hot chocolate with a slice of blackberry cobbler. No joke, the crust on this cobbler was to die for!

(14) THE BREAKFAST CLUB! This little restaurant was incredible and had the most fun waiters.

I got a flat white and the Croque Madame D’Arblay – with a fried egg on top!

Highly recommend the breakfast potatoes too, with HQ sauce of course!

If you’re on the go and want a smoothie to take with you, I highly suggest the “Morning Glory.” It has passion fruit, papaya, mango, apple, pineapple, turmeric and cashew nuts.

(15) Don’t forget to take a typical picture at a telephone booth!

(16) Don’t forget to visit the Harry Potter 9 3/4 platform in the metro station. The station is beautiful, and also has lots of places to shop and eat!

(17) HARROD’S – need I say more?

If I had more time, this is what else I would do:

(1) Take a look at Kensington Palace.

(2) Eat brunch at Elan Cafe (the most instagrammable place ever).

(3) Visit Sky Garden (admission is free, and it’s a beautiful rooftop bar).

My suggestions:

(1) The “tube” (metro station) can be a little difficult to navigate, but you’ll get the hang of it. Buy an “oyster card” and just refill it as you need. It will save you LOTS of money on transportation.

(2) Stay at the Wombat Hostel – there are other locations and I will most definitely stay here again. The service is very friendly, and they have a basement hangout area with lots of games, food and drinks.

In My First Week of Rome…

I’ve eaten what is equivalent to my body weight in carbs. So yes, my first-week recap is going to be all about food!

I’ve had ravioli, spaghetti al carbonara, lasagna, tortellini con prosciutto, and two trips for gelato. Also, I’ve learned that Coca-Cola is better here for some reason. I drank a coke at an airport while in Atlanta, Georgia, thinking that would be my last one for four months. But I’m so glad it wasn’t!

At this point, I’m super thankful for all of the walking I’ll be doing while I’m here to compensate for all of the eating I will be doing.

After moving into my apartment, my roommates and I walked around the block in Prati district to see if we could find some food close by. We found Zigaetana, which is a cute two-story restaurant. If you didn’t know this, Italians have a reputation for never being in a hurry (unless they’re driving). The food was great, but the service was slow. I had ravioli and it was great after a long flight!

I’ve always been a lasagna fan, and now I think I may be an even bigger fan. This lasagna (pictured below) is from Vito E Dina.

I’ve learned that typically, most restaurants in Rome charge 1 Euro per customer. If they give you bread, you’re actually paying for it, because then the service charge per customer is 1.5 Euro.

This next meal pictured below is “Pollo al Roma,” which is Roman chicken. This is a classic dish with a red sauce and red and green bell peppers.

This restaurant is an older, family-style one located right around the Pantheon, La Sagrestia.

This is a great place to grab dinner with friends and family, take a look at the Pantheon, and grab some gelato!

Now on to the gelato that’s close to the Pantheon… This place is called Della Palma, and has 150 flavors! I got the champagne flavor and would have it again and again!

Tip: Typically gelato shops around major landmarks (such as the Pantheon) are a tourist trap. You can tell because the price is 4 Euros, instead of 2 Euros. Also, anytime a gelato shop is a bunch of bright colors, stay away. It’s FAKE!

This gelato was a size small that came with three scoops, and was only 2 Euros!

Now here’s the real deal when you want to stay in and eat to-go. Delivaroo is an app you can download and have delivered to you. They have multiple restaurants on the app and the delivery charge is only 2.5 Euros!

I ordered a classic burger with fries and a sprite, and it hit the spot and made me feel right at home again!

This meal was from Tommi’s Burger Joint, which is a cute restaurant located in Prati District.

Last thing – I ordered a spicy salami sandwich in the district where school is located (Campo Marzio) that inspired me to grab some salami at the grocery store. I’ve been grilling sandwiches at home with salami, prosciutto (yes, double meat and I am a girl) and provolone cheese and it’s INCREDIBLE!

 

 

 

Vatican City

I am still in AWE of all of the beauty Vatican City has to offer.

It was incredible to walk through the Vatican and see all of the different galleries within the church. I wasn’t aware of the many tapestries that one gallery contained, and they were so large I wasn’t able to get a complete picture of just one of the tapestries.

My favorite part was the ceilings. Can you imagine how much time it would take to create something this beautiful? Or the cricks in your neck you would get from perfecting this?

Another part I wasn’t able to take pictures of was the Sistine Chapel (because this is considered the most sacred chapel), but it was absolutely stunning and covered with multiple story-telling photos.

While you’re there, make sure to walk around the courtyard as well, where you can spot St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

The Roman Colosseum

If you’ve found yourself here to follow my adventure, I’m happy you did!

Today I’ll be sharing the Colosseum, formally known as the Flavian Amphitheater.

My sophomore year of college I vividly remember taking Western Art History, specifically studying the history of Rome. The textbook provided a picture of the broken part of the amphitheater, but I did not even think to look into why it was broken. Upon taking a tour of the Colosseum, I enjoyed learning the history of it I did not know. The break on the top was caused by an earthquake. After this earthquake, architects learned that their original foundation for the entire Colosseum was not fully steady, which is why part of the Colosseum was able to break due to natural force.

Something else I’ve learned from textbooks is that they never show the inside of the Colosseum. So, here it is:

The Colosseum is something I could visit again and again and never get bored of!

Travel Tip: If there are any men dressed in gladiators, do not get pictures with them – they are either trying to pick pocket you or get money because you took pictures with them.

Stay tuned for more posts about travels and safety tips!

-Rach

 

Arkansas Quarterback Facing Indefinite Suspension

Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley has been suspended indefinitely by coach Bret Bielema following his arrest Sunday.

Kelley was charged with Careless Driving and a DWI after striking a curb near Wedington and Steamboat, according to police report. When the officer asked Kelley to provide a breathalyzer test, he refused.

Kelley has played nine games this season and has subbed for quarterback Austin Allen due to a shoulder injury.

Kelley is a redshirt freshman from Lafayette, Louisiana.

Government Restrictions Concerning Opioids

The government is limiting the number of opioids a doctor can prescribe to his or her patients. Is it right for the government to intervene?

Groups that represent public health officials and doctors are petitioning that opioids be taken off the market. Why is this? According to CNN health news, pain killers offered through the market equal more than 90 milligrams of morphine a day.

If the government tried to intervene with the dosage a doctor prescribed, it would not be ethical in some cases because the government does not know the patient’s necessities. It would be hard for the government to determine which patients require higher dosages, because only a doctor can see that firsthand.

Patients taking opioids are able to become immune to the medicine over time, then they can no longer feel the effect. As the brain becomes used to opioids, patients receiving this medication require a higher dosage. The higher dosage needed, the more likely the patient is to form an addiction, or even worse, an overdose. Because of these issues, it is necessary that the government create regulations on opioids to eliminate addiction and mortality.

By the Federal Drug Administration intervening with the market and prescribing doctors, this will help reshape prescribing opioids if the pain relievers are not readily available like in the past.

A Lifetime Journey Searching for Happiness

Finding happiness is a life-long journey that individuals travel differently. Lisa Eadie, a spin instructor, was able to find what gave her fulfillment: instructing a cycling class full of students who did not yet know who they were.

“Spin made me feel whole again, and I wanted my students to experience what it gave me personally,” Lisa said.

Lisa desired to live a big life. As an undergraduate student, she studied Art History, Photography and Apparel Design. After finishing college, she accomplished what she thought was her dream of an immense life by moving to New York City.

While in NYC, Lisa worked for Calvin Klein in its Visuals Department, which is better known as Public Relations. She was never satisfied with this job, but she was very good at being a connector.

When Lisa realized how dissatisfied she was with her job in NYC, her first attempt to find contentment was to enjoy her love of baseball by enrolling in umpire school.

“I hated my job, my life and it all crashed down around me,” Lisa said.

Lisa saw her world as “inauthentic and lacking purpose.”

While in umpire school, Lisa joined a local gym. She desired to take spin classes because riding bikes had always been her joy, but it also gave her an outlet to vision where she was in her journey.

“I think mostly, so I could sit in a dark room and cry about my life,” Lisa said.

At the time, Lisa considered this period in her life the emptiest.

“This is why I consistently kept taking spin classes – one class turned into 12 and I stopped crying,” Lisa said.

Photo by Lisa Eadie
This is a selfie Lisa took while riding her bike.

While Lisa was in umpire school, she was out of work. Her goal was to ride bikes and heal her heart.

The 12 spin classes turned into 112. Her love for spin grew so much that she explored her options while living on the east coast. She found Soulcycle, which is the most popular cycle studio. It has 82 locations in the United States and Canada. Carol Perry, who headed one of the largest east coast gym chains, invited Lisa to a cocktail party. Lisa was hired as an official Soulcycle instructor the next week.

“It [spin] gave me back my life and a real purpose,” Lisa said.

While she was coaching on the east coast, she met her husband.

Not only was Lisa connected to her true satisfaction, but also to her soulmate.

Lisa hopes to share her strong love of spin with others who are struggling to find themselves. She enjoys seeing people’s potential and watching them learn their power.

“There are so many things about this career choice,” Lisa said. “The constant learning is the part of it that makes my heart explode with happiness. Watching people learn about who they are is the reason I will always coach in some capacity.”

Contact Information:

Lisa Eadie

Email: lisa.m.angelo@gmail.com