Marte Eggleston is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at the Indiana University, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.
In this week's post, Marte travels to Rome to seek out the Lizzie McGuire sights from her childhood.
If you ask any girl around my age who their childhood idol was, more than likely they would say Hillary Duff aka Lizzie McGuire. The TV show and movie is an icon from the early 2000s in the lives of girls everywhere. It just so happens that “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” is set in Rome, and I happened to visit Rome this past weekend and live out my Lizzie McGuire dreams.
In this movie it is not focused on the “studying” part of studying abroad, but rather Lizzie makes a wish at the Trevi Fountain and Paolo appears. Lizzie happens to look just like Paolo’s singing partner - they are international superstars, obviously - and she is whisked away on a whirlwind Rome dream week, complete with a hit song at the end.
Now, I did make a wish at the fountain, and no, Paolo did not appear to make me a superstar, but Rome did hold magic like the movie describes. Rome has a mythical quality in many different ways because we grow up reading about it in school, watching various Hollywood interpretations of it, and dressing up as gladiators on Halloween. Seeing a place with so much history and pop culture behind it in person makes you believe, even just for a little bit, that the fantasies are true.
Movies, for me, especially make studying abroad an even greater experience. I would watch movies in these exotic locations and dream to visit one day, and now I have that opportunity. I’m happy to say the Coliseum was as breath-taking as I hoped it would be, and it gives me confidence that the other places I plan to visit will be as well.
Marte's journey continues every Thursday so stay tuned.