In 2006, I spent one and a half months in Seville, Spain because of a student exchange between my Peruvian university and Universidad Pablo de Olavide. I wanted to do research on Pedro Calderón de la Barca, one of the most important Spanish playwrights, for my undergrad thesis; however, I ended up working on a very different topic during my stay in Seville (the Spanish poetry written at the end of the 19th century) since the advisor I was assigned to knew nothing about Calderón.
(Part of Seville seen from the Giralda Tower)
For I have family and friends in Europe, I visited them in the other 90 days I spent on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. I visited six countries in total: Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and Austria. I took billions of pictures with a gray Olympus I bought a couple of days after arriving in Europe at a MediaMarket in Madrid.
And well, I decided to rescue some great memories of this Eurotrip; so I blew the dust off some CDs where I had saved the photos I took during it. I’ll try to post selected photos of every place I visited as much as possible; for instance, today I randomly chose Rome, a city I visited on February 11th and 12th and that attracted me a lot because of its quite rich history and, of course, because of Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. During those two days, I visited the Vatican (when Benedict XVI was still the Pope) and wandered around the Italian capital a lot, specially around the touristic area as will be seen in the pictures I’m sharing today. I visited the Fontana di Trevi, walked by the Coliseum (where I got the picture with the Roman soldier), the Roman Forum, and the Victor Emmanuel Monument.
Since I threw a coin into the fountain as the tradition demands, we’ll see if I return to Rome someday! Fingers crossed!…