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My Last Day :):

On my last day in Italy I got a chance to visit Firenze (Florence),Italy! Florence looks very similar to Rome only difference is it is a bit smaller and more quaint. Today in Firenze I did what I do in Roma basically tour, see sites, walk, and eat. Today I got a chance to have lunch with one of BETS’s Travelistas;  Andrea Adams.  Also Miss Stephanie joined. We had a Black girls in Italy day! lol



Michelangelo’s David


This statue of David is actually a replicate of the original one. It is placed in Piazza della Signoria. The original one is in Accademia Galleria in Florence.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.


The church in the back is one of Italy’s largest. And also is the main church for Florence,Italy. It is known as the Duomo di Firenze.

The Arno River


The Arno River is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber. The view is from Ponte Vecchio which is the oldest bridge in Florence.

Gold Jewlers on the bridge


Florence was very nice to see, another moment that will forever be engraved in my memory. I feel like that was a good place to end my just beginning journey.

As I am writing this so many thoughts are going through my head. I keep thinking about these next flights I will be getting on. Also thinking about seeing my family and friends. Lastly just thinking about how this trip will effect my future! I am so grateful that I got this opportunity and I couldn’t be anything but thankful for Fleace for giving me the opportunity to do this. So I just want to say THANK YOU SO SO MUCH Fleace you have taught me a lot and I know I will continue to grow and conquer the world with my exploration to come!



Almost Done

As the days are drawing nearer and nearer to the end it begins to feel bitter sweet. I will be so happy to see my family and friends and start my senior year, but in doing that I know I have to end my vacation. Plus I will be leaving Roma and Fleace. My journey around the world has just begun and I won’t let it stop soon!

Day 6

Today  I woke up at like  3:00 p.m. (I had a long night lol) We got ready and headed out the door. Today we took a lot of public transportation. We first got on the subway line then transferred to the B line. And get this I knew how to get to each destination with very little help from Fleace. Guess you can say I’m a pro now lol. After the subway rides we walked to the bus stop to wait on our bus. I learned that all your public transportation tickets go together so if you buy a Metro ticket you can use that same ticket to get on a bus, or even the subway  but ONLY if it’s validated! Yup they’re pretty amazing for that lol.

We got on the bus and went to the Porta di Roma mall. First thing we did in the mall was find something to eat. As you may tell already we like to eat hahaha. We ate some Thai food it was really good I had Chow Mein and Fleace had Wok Rice. After lunch we walked around a little  so I could see what an Italian mall was like, then we headed to Ikea so Fleace could get some stuff for he house. You could imagine how fun that was for me lol.  After Ikea we headed back to the house in a taxi. When we got home we had to hurry and freshen up because we had another interview at nine and it was already eight thirty. We did the interview which went really really well and now for the rest of the night is for chilling and packing for my flight home on Tuesday.

View The 2nd Interview!

To Continue, Day 3 – 5

Day 3

So it’s day three in Italy. today i did several things, in the morning we walked to a little coffee shop around the street and I had some pastries and a cappuccino! Yes I’m drinking coffee lol after breakfast we headed back to the house to get ready for our day. But as we were in the house preparing someone knocks on the door and it’s this man and he tells us to not use the water. “WHAATTT?? WHY NOT” is what I said. And Fleace just says with a smile on her face and laughing “welcome to Italy…..and hey I got some wipes!” So you can guess how the rest of our morning went lol. After the no water fiasco we headed out on our way to have lunch with miss Stepaine, Miss Fleace’s friend. They’re so funny, them too together reminded me of my friends and I when were around each other.

I know they say don’t knock stuff until you try it, well I tried it and I knocked it! Today I decided to try the gnocchi noodles with white cheese sauce  and it happened to be first thing of food I did not eat all of in Italy. Now don’t get me wrong it’s not that it tasted bad it’s just I got really full quickly and it was just too much cheese, and the noddle was a little too mushy for me. Plus I had just recently ate breakfast like a couple of hours earlier. So since I hadn’t eaten barely anything the owner, Amandeo gave it to me for free, Fleace said that was very unusual for Italy but they were her friends and liked me. Only  paid for was my  drinks #blessed! And while I was there I met the the workers some really nice, caring, and cute old Italian men!

The  Owner Amadeo


Next stop…Metro (subway)

So after our lunch date we headed out onto our next adventure which was riding the subway! I know that may not be a big deal to some people but to me it was going to be a very interesting and fun adventure for me. I do not recall riding the subway in years. I figured when I was younger living in New York I probably rode plenty of trains with my mother, but I don’t remember.  So, for, me  I have not rode one yet…… Well now I can say I have. The subway was a cool experience it went pretty fast and was very very crowded with people.

Heading down the Metro tunnel10494543_10203053612719257_8551356317856628343_n



Normally in Italy  everyone mostly walks everywhere, so that is what Fleace and I were doing walking  for the most part.  When in Rome, do as the Romans do!   Today she decided we would have  a chill day and sit down for a little, so we got on a open top tour bus. The tour bus took us all around different parts of Rome and told interesting things about each monumental building. We of course seen The Vatican, and The Colosseum these two monuments are places in which are very important and historical to the Italian culture.

The Colosseum


The Vatican

Isola Tiberina (The Island of Tiber)

After the touring was over we did a little shopping then headed home. We stayed in for about maybe an hour and a half till we headed out again.  We went out to dinner on Isola Tiberina which is a island in he middle of the Tiber river.  The island has different hang out spots, little shops, and eateries. We ate at a place called “Giuda Ballerino” just a few feet from the river.  We ate burgers and fries with homemade bread and even homemade ketchup and mayonnaise for dipping sauces. Isola Tiberina has very beautiful scenery at night. After dinner we did a little walking around to some of  the little shops. And again I had another great day/night in Roma!

Isola Tiberina

View from Our Table

Day 4

So my day four was very very chill. I basically slept in all day except for when we had to go get lunch because if you don’t eat by two thirty all the stores close until six in the evening, because of a thing called “pause” pause is when the owners and everybody who is working in the store stop what they may be doing and they go and spend time with there families either eating,talking, or whatever they feel like doing basically lol. For lunch we had pizza and to be honest it wasn’t the best. But I just take those moments as experiences. After lunch we headed back home and stayed in and went back to sleep.

After that nap we woke back up to go get some groceries. I learned then Italians pack there own groceries there’s nobody at the end to do it for you :( So I packed the bags and unfortunately for me, I packed one much heavier than the other, and Fleace realized what I did and told me to carry the heavy bag lol I was a bit upset about that but whatever life goes on lol!

 Day 5

My next day was quite fun. We went to Villa Borghese, which happens to have a park in it. While in the park I tried segging. A segway is two wheeled self-balancing personal vehicle. While on it I was a bit scared because I felt like I was going to fall off. Then I realized that the machine is not going to do anything you don’t want to, simply because you’re in control of it. So I didn’t stay on it too long and decided to do what I was more comfortable with which was bicycle riding.

The View from Villa Borghese


Bike riding was so exciting! I actually happen to love riding bikes. We went riding in a through Villa Borghese, I love feeling the wind in my hair and just feeling liking I’m flying. I gave riding my all and still learned about few things while doing so. The park was so pretty and the views were amazing!


After all that bike riding we worked up quite an appetite so after doing a little shopping we headed out to get some pizza. Let me tell you that pizza was the BOMB! Yes it tasted so good and you can tell it right out the oven and all in ingredients were fresh. The cheese just melted and dripped off the crust and the vegetables were amazing. I ate a white cheese pizza with arugula salad, baby tomatoes, and black olives. It was fantastic!

Later on the night I went out with Fleace and her friend Stephanie . We did some walking around the city and stopped at a friend of theirs house. I was a little bored but we did not stay long.  After we walk so I could see more of Rome at night. The night life in Rome is exciting and the lights are so pretty.  You get to see all the people come out. We then headed out to eat at The Hard Rock Cafe. yes I know it’s American but you’ll have some part of America anywhere you go. I ordered some wings and a water and I was good to go from there lol. Those wings were sooooo good, the buffalo sauce was amazing and the ranch was too!  We arrived home at 2:30 in the morning. It was a night was good and I slept like a baby.

I won!

Hello there if you’re reading this I just want to say thank you for taking the time out to do so. Also thank you for following me on my journey to this beautiful country.

First Thoughts

Okay  so the first thought that came to my head when I was told I had to write about my experience throughout this trip was ” omg really,why? I thought this was just a vacation no work involved” lol but I know that with to get where you want to be you have to work even if it’s just a little thing such as writing about yourself lol.

How did it feel?

So I guess I should start out with how it felt to win that’s the question everyone wants to know. Well here’s my answer it felt really good to win, I felt proud of my own self to actually make a video of myself and basically let the whole world into a part of my life I think that’s a big deal. The day I was told I won by my mother was honestly a regular day for me. I was sleeping on the couch in the living room and I hear my mom say “Isah!” “Isah you won!” and mind you I’m half sleep so my response to her was ” huh? won what?” “your trip you’re going to Italy!” is what she said. After she said that I just laid down and went back to sleep it didn’t really transfer in my head that I had actually won till like five minutes later. Where I had then got up and said to myself “I won”. From that day on I just took each day like a normal day I honestly didn’t do much prep till like the month of July.

The Airport

Okay so just to let everyone know this was the first time I have ever flew on a plane and I did it by myself! The ride to the airport was pretty smooth I made sure I got some snacks and we headed out on our way. We got there and as we headed in my mom decides to start recording me saying things in the camera like ” here she goes, on her way” “are you excited?” then as she is recording I start to tear and she asks “are you about to cry?” and with a couple of tears flowing now I say “yes” and from there I start balling crying and my mom hugs me and we stayed that way for about three minutes, and when we let go I turn around and my little sister is crying too! At this point I just couldn’t take it I just grab her and hug her as tight as I could.  Now just imagine the stares we got two grown looking girls crying in the middle of the check in line. So finally we sort of stopped crying but still a little sobs here and there. While waiting to check in the people could not find my ticket for some reason. You can imagine my thoughts and facial expression. At one point I thought to myself maybe this is a sign that I should go home just turn back right now lol. But obviously I didn’t because I’m here in this pretty city with an amazing women!

See Ya Later

So I got my ticket and everything was ready to go. Now my mom, sister, and I headed to the gate there’s no looking back now. So we say our final goodbyes or as my mom says “see you later, no goodbyes!” This had to been the hardest part of my traveling I hugged my mother for like five  minutes this time and yes we were crying. And again I turned around and my sister is crying I just hugged her again and we all just had like huddle hug lol. We probably said I love you ten times to each other.

Almost There

The walk towards security seemed like the walk of shame almost. As I’m walking I try not to look back because I know they’re looking at me crying still and I’m trying to stop the crying. But I looked back anyways and like I figured they were crying I just waved them bye and blew a kiss. While chugging back tears I finally get to security as I’m waiting in line to go through the detector the guard asks me ” are you okay?” i couldn’t even get any words out so I just nod and say “ummhm”. After security check I get a call. From who? My mother she says “I love you so much and I’m right here” and I look over my shoulder and her and my sister are standing behind the gate staring at me waving and smiling. We hang up and I grab my things and now this the real deal I’m walking towards the plane I look back one more time but I can’t see them this time that’s when I realized this is really happening I cannot turn back at all.


Walking towards the plane entrance was just as hard as walking towards the security maybe even worse. So I board the plane and I sit down and just watch as all the family’s walk in and wait to see who I will be sitting next to for the nest nine hours! Then finally they show up and it’s a man and his son and his wife and daughter sit in front of us. The plane ride was pretty smooth the take off and landing was nice not too much, also the turbulence wasn’t that bad. So overall I had a good first flight besides the fact that I sat on the outside so I kept getting bumped.

I Made It

After nine long hours I finally made it to Rome,Italy. I finally met miss Fleace Weaver of and she is awesome I wouldn’t want anyone else to be with. From the plane we headed on a train to which we actually had to run so we wouldn’t miss it. While on the rain Fleace and I just talked about different things such as family,schooling basically small talk. As we rode past the different neighborhoods I seen some what of difference in this country and the US but some parts reminded so much of the states. I seen a good amount of graffiti on walls and on the back of trains and buildings. I thought that was kind of different because in my mind graffiti was just something people in the states do so that right there was a cultural shock to me, it let me know that there are some similarities in both countries, and it’s not totally different.

At the Airport in Rome10458213_10203036857220380_8479803255005206809_n

Day 1

After we got off the train my first welcome to Italy moment was the the taste of freshly squeezed orange juice, which tasted amazing! Then after our drink we headed on our way. We took a taxi to Fleace’s house and while in that taxi I learned that Italians are some wild drivers lol. The scooters and motorcycles just zig-zag every where and come out of nowhere too. Also the cars are so little like smart cars and buggies. As I looked out the taxi I seen the walls that were once built all the way around the city and the only way to enter was through gates which guards stood by. But of course no guards or walls fully stand up today. Another thing that was mentioned to me was that I could NOT sleep and when I heard that I was a bit shocked,angry,and a little disturbed! But I realized that the more I stayed up the less jet lagged I would be the following days.

We finally made it to Fleace’s apartment and it is nice. I took a shower and after that we headed out,my trip had really finally begun. My first stop was Piazza del Popolo(People’s Square)  which is surrounded by churches, fountains ,and many many people. Then we took a further walk down a main street in Rome which is called Via del Corso. Via del Corso is surrounded by lots of shopping centers such as Miss Sixty to H&M, and Adidas. And of course many places to stop and eat. On my first day we did a lot of walking and I had my first interview plus I got to taste some real authentic Gelato , and Italian buffalo wings!

Piazza del Popolo(People’s Square)


Later Fleace and I had an on-line interview with
me having some fun at the end.

Day 2

Day two started off with a walk of course. We walked to Fleace’s hair salon as the man cut her hair I sat and watched while admiring the salon space. That salon was very nice it had chandeliers everywhere. The people were very nice and just a little something to throw in Italians love them some coffee lol everywhere we went I got asked if I wanted some coffee.

But back to my day after her hair was done we headed out the door and I got my first “Italian kiss” from one touch of one cheek to the next cheek. After that wonderful cheek kiss we headed out on our next adventure lol. We got something to eat at a place called “Gina” I had a panini styled sandwich and some freshly blended fruit juice, and real fresh mozzarella cheese…..lunch was awesome! After lunch I got to sit in on a business meeting with Fleace which I began to feel very tired and out of it….I guess you can say that the jet lag and and bread from lunch was kicking in. At the business meeting I had my first taste of Italian coffee which was a bit strong but I’ll tell you this after that I wasn’t feeling any jet lag  lol! The meeting was done now it’s time to roll out again. We went to Piazza di Spagna (square of Spain) which is home to the Spanish steps and  once had the Spanish Embassy located in it.

Noi Hair Salon

The Spanish Steps in
Piazza di Spagna (square of Spain)


Piazza Navona

The rest of my night went well I did a little shopping, lost a few things, and went to the Magnum ice cream shop, where you basically create your own bar of ice cream. You choose whether you want vanilla or chocolate ice cream and then choose which kind of coating of chocolate you want choosing from milk,dark,or white chocolate. Then you get three toppings of your choice and finally drizzled off with any chocolate of your choice and a mini Magnum chocolate piece to top it all off. Yeah I now it’s a lot of chocolate but it was soooooo good I could eat those everyday if I had th chance to lol. After our chocolate endeavor we headed home to which we ended our night!