Tracy's Thoughts - Day One: Rome

May 29, 2009

ROME - We've arrived in Italy! On our first day here, our guide, Tiziana, took us into Rome to start our tour. We began at the famous Spanish Steps. We met Fabio (not the Fabio, but nonetheless), our guide, who took us on what seemed like a 20-mile walking tour of Rome.

The team was in great spirits - stopping to get gelato, taking pictures, shopping, and pushing Mariam Azimi in her wheelchair. Mariam has been in great spirits and great to say the least despite her injury. For those who you don't know, Mariam tore her ACL about two weeks before we were scheduled to depart - talk about bad timing!

We visited the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon and the Coliseum, among other absolutely amazing architecture. We saw tons of FC Barcelona and Manchester United fans doing their fair share of sightseeing, too. Once we arrived at the Coliseum, much to our surprise, there was the Champions League Final Festival happening. We took a quick stroll around and saw the actual trophy cup, as well Barca's president speak, which was very exciting!

-Tracy Hamm

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