Dear Italy Blog watchers,
Here is my final entry for the Italy travel/study abroad tour of J Term 2013. I list it that way because these blogs stay “up” for future readers in future years.
We left our Roma hotel yesterday morning at 6:45 am local time, making the 30 minute drive to the large Rome airport. It is interesting to see how foreign airports arrange their facilities, hardly any seating spaces and fewer shops and stores than American airports provide. Due to some rain and fog, we left Rome a bit later than scheduled and then fought a very stiff headwind across Europe and the Atlantic. Watching the on-board computer screen, I could see times when the headwind was over 200 mph!
Naturally, this slowed our progress and increased our airplane flight time to Atlanta to over 12 hours. We landed at the busiest airport in the world (Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport) around 5:30 pm local time, but that would be after midnight as we were experiencing it. We passed through customs quite easily, and moved over to the area of our domestic flight to Chicago.
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is the second busiest airport in the world, so we hit the top two airports in succession. We landed around 9 pm, retrieved our luggage and boarded the WLC bus for Milwaukee, arriving back on campus about 10:30 pm last night. Of course, it felt like dawn to us, having left Rome 24 hours earlier. We said our fond goodbyes and each left for our separate ways, content in the knowledge that this trip had been educational, fun, invigorating, and worthwhile. God was so good to us.
Special thanks to Dr. William Braun, my traveling comrade and WLC music professor, and I would like to compliment each of the 17 students for their cooperative spirit and engaged participation. It was my pleasure to keep all of you informed about our trip.
Dr. Martin Moldenhauer