Those who follow my weekly posts for “Public Relations Nation” know that I haven’t missed a week in almost six years and I almost always post my latest “350 words or less” early Sunday mornings. This time Mother Nature herself did me in via New York, Dublin, Paris, and Rome.
Last week I mentioned my plans for July — four weeks in Rome co-leading a study abroad program for Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. Eleven students, colleague Randy Hillebrand and I met at JFK airport on Friday at 3:00 p.m. for a 5:30 p.m. flight, only to take off more than four hours late due to a huge storm over New York. This forced us to miss our connecting flight from Dublin to Rome, and so we wound up flying Saturday afternoon from Dublin to Paris, and then Saturday evening from Paris to Rome. We landed at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, making for a 32 hour ordeal just to get to our destination.
Our students were troopers, though, taking it all in stride. Despite not enough sleep over the last couple of days, we began our Rome adventure with a four hour walking tour of some well-known locales, which I urge you to read about in the students’ own words. They’ll be posting photos and keeping a blog diary at https://huromans4change.wordpress.com/
I’ll be adding my own impressions of the experience but for now, I apologize for posting late. I’ve got some napping to do before we head to dinner tonight and then start our class tomorrow morning. Rome seems wonderful. I’ll be able to see it better and write more about it with less bloodshot eyes.