Category Italy

Our Family’s Global Family Field Trip

The following story of our global family field trip appeared in Birmingham’s Over the Mountain Journal on March 15.  It gives a 30,000 foot view of our ~5 month journey. Amped-up Road Trip.

Riley’s Post-Trip Report

Well, we’re back home. It feels crazy being home. The little things that first world countries take for granted–and you live without when you’re traveling–we have back now. I’m talking about unlimited hot water, clean clothes at your fingertips, and a pantry to graze through. But then it doesn’t feel crazy. It feels like we […]

1 Baton + 10 Countries + 150 Seconds = Riley’s World Twirl

It took us 131 days to travel around the world. Watch Riley twirl through 10 countries in just 2.5 minutes.

Italy: The Land of Frowns (Part 2)

If you read One Bad Day in Italy, you know that our first impressions of Italy were pretty dismal. Being the rational people that we are, we decided to reserve final judgment of Italy until we finished our 2 1/2 week visit. So here it is: Despite fantastic food, spectacular architecture, and rich ancient history, […]

The First Jewish Ghetto

If you were asked, “Who started Jewish discrimination?” would you say Hitler, or maybe the Nazis? Both the answers are, in fact, wrong. When I learned Jews have been persecuted for centuries past, I was very surprised. I thought anti-Semitism was a concept Hitler came up with to solve Germany’s problems in WWII, just another […]

Foundation Problems in Pisa

292, 293, 294! I had finally made it up all the stairs and was overlooking the town of Pisa. When I looked at the Leaning Tower of Pisa I knew that the pictures I had always seen were true: It really was leaning. Why is it leaning? Well, when the tower was being built, there […]

Cathedral Crashing at St. Peter’s Basilica

I walked in a packed parade of singing Italians, dying to escape. Two wooden barriers trapped me in line as I was swept through the center of the church, trying not to look so out of place. Tourists were snapping pictures of this surprise parade, yet I wondered how I got stuck here. Italians stood […]

Gladiator School: Where Fighting is Allowed

“Fight!” We ran at each other like barbarians. Whoever got this last point won the match. I used the advice of our teacher, and lunged for her leg. “5-4 Riley!” I had won the match against my sister! Wa-bam! Walking up to Gladiator school, I realized that we were just out in the middle of […]

One Bad Day in Italy (Part 1)

Until four days ago, I had never been to Italy; however, many of my friends and family have. The universal feeling is that it is SO fabulous! Whenever it came up that we were going to Italy, people couldn’t wait to tell me how much they loved it. Not one person, ever, told me they […]