Each year over Christmas break, the student in Everest’s international program have the option of traveling with the program. This year’s trip took them to destinations in Europe. After completing a long first semester in a new country, in a new school, with new people, and having wrapped up semester exams. The students were ready for a well-deserved break. The Christmas trip is not only an experience to visit new places and learn more about the culture and history of those places, but also a moment to live the sacred mysteries of Christmas in a special way in the heart of the Church.

The boys traveled directly to Rome. They spent days touring, shopping, and – of course – enjoying pasta and gelato. In addition to visiting sites in Rome such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Via del Corso, etc., they also traveled to Florence and Milan. After seven days in Rome, they departed to London where they visited Westmister Abbey, Big Ben, the Eye of London, and much more.

The girls first traveled to Switzerland before arriving to Rome. They tell about their travels in their own words:

“The chocolate factory is a must! We explored the Cailler’s chocolate world starting with a cocoa journey to the past. By the end we were experts in chocolate tasting.”

“We went for a visit to Le Chatelard, another Oak Academy, were we had Mass and a private tour always enjoying the lovely views of this country.  In the medieval town of Gruyere, we ate the must amazing fondue!! This is a delicacy you should definitely try.”

“Rome, Florence, Milan & Assisi: Those were our Italy destinations.

Pizza, pasta, gelato, repeat. We never had enough of this, how could we?

Let’s see… Papal blessing, the Coliseum, Vatican museums, Fontana di Trevi, Catacombs, Pantheon, Everest quality time and lots & lots of fun and interesting facts were essentials to made this trip unforgettable…

On Christmas day, we went to a Mass with the Legionaries (when they sang I thought we were in heaven)

The Duomo of Milan and the Florence cathedral were breathtaking.

I never thought I would had the chance to visit all these new beautiful places with this amazing persons that today I call MY EVEREST FAMILY.”

“Is there any better way to welcome 2019 than being in St. Peter’s Basilica with the Pope as close as you can get? CHRISTMAS 2018… I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!”