A Quick Trip To Rio? Yes! Here’s How.

| March 3, 2019

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We boarded the Rome-bound train at 5:45 a.m., and knowing we only had 23 hours to explore The Eternal City, we took a nap. The subsequent hours were spent wearing holes in our shoes as we walked from cathedral to cathedral and from the Colosseum to the Vatican — stopping only for gelato. After our 23 hours were up, we boarded the train back to Florence. The next weekend we would go to Munich and the following weekend to Lake Como. As 21-year-olds studying abroad in Florence, Italy, we stamped our passports and logged in our diaries about the many foreign cities we were lucky enough to visit. After that semester abroad, it would be another six years before I would leave the country again — and once I did, I couldn’t stop. I caught the travel bug. Within 12 months, I went heli-skiing in British, Columbia, sightseeing in London and pretended to be Parisian in Paris — not to mention state-side trips to St. Augustine, Eau Claire, Lexington and cities in between. The opportunities I have been granted have been generous, to say the least. But these trips took a lot of planning. I pinched pennies to afford them, and I worked overtime to make up for days off — as most people must.

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