Today was our last day in Rome, and it was a sad, but joyous day. It was so cool to reflex on this experience and see how close I got to people, without even thinking I would. Today was so fun because we got to see the Colosseum and the Forum. Walking around Rome one last time was bitter sweet because i honestly grew to really like Rome, despite its busy city and crowded area. It was so interesting to learn about the Colosseum, and its rich history. Learning about the morbid things that happened in the Colosseum were fascinated, yet disturbing because it was insane how people could be treated that way just because they were different.
There were dog fights, boxing matches, animals mauling humans, and more that went on in the Colosseum. They didn’t have the bottom of the arena cover up, so we were able to see where the animals and prisoners were kept underneath the Colosseum. The seating arrangements were interesting, starting with the first level being the most important emperors and superior, next was the senate, the third level were for Roman citizens, the the fourth was for everyone else. The ones closest to the arena (the emperor) were the ones with the most power over what’s going on in the arena, or who called the shots. It wasn’t what I expected for some reason, and I think it was just because the bottom part was open and didn’t have sand covering it.
We then went to go see the Forum, and that was pretty cool. Honestly, by this time, my feet were killing me so I was kind of checked out. For the most part, I was listening and I learned that the Forum is the center of Rome and that it also had buildings with different purposes, like a senate chamber, treasury, and more. To end the day, we had our farewell dinner, and it was so sad. I’m truly going to miss everyone. This was such an incredible experience, and I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world. I almost teared up a little when everyone was giving their speeches. Lastly, It made me happy to see and hear people talk about their growth, and I can’t wait to see what PCS can bring back to Norman to make a change. Chao! Italy for life!!!!!!!!!!!