March 16, 2013-Versailles-3037

Probably one of my best candids so far.  I didn’t even realize they were there!  For more on Versailles, see this link for yesterday’s post.


Once we got back to Steve’s apartment, he went off to bed, and we sat around for a few minutes deciding what to do.  It was a little before 4am, and we had about an hour before we’d have to hop on the metro over to the shuttle stop.  Eventually we decided to take a quick half hour nap before running over to the metro.

Fast forward about four hours, and we were finally boarding our Ryanair flight back to Rome.  A nice two hour nap later, we landed back home – a great weekend!

Later that night, we went to a Roma versus Parma soccer match.  I’ve never been to a professional soccer game before, so this was a new experience for me.  The stadium was initially built in 1937, but was remodeled for the 1960 Olympics.  It definitely showed its age.  I’m a little spoiled with Gillette Stadium to say the least.  Food carriers were walking around with duct-taped buckets will really random snacks in them.  That was a little funny to see.

Roma pulled away with the win after scoring a second goal in the second half.  A great ending to a great weekend!

When I was standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, the realization of my current situation hit me yet again.  I was standing on top of a national monument I had never seen with my own eyes in person until a few hours ago.  I saw the first steps of the new Pope a few days ago.  New government members had just been elected in Italy.   A mere month and a half ago, I had never even stepped foot in a foreign country besides Canada or the British Virgin Islands.  I could not be more thankful for those in my life: friends, family, and anyone else who has affected me in some way.  I am truly blessed.

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