Tales from the City of the Seven Hills – YLN let loose in Rome!

BB young leader in 128th Glasgow, Sean Smith, recently returned from BB Scotland’s annual European excursion.  This year it was the turn of the Italian capital Rome to host this merry group of seniors and young leaders.  Sean took a moment to reflect on the three day venture.

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Having been on the two previous Young Leaders’ Network (YLN) European trips, I had a faint idea of what to expect. The sleepy drive to Edinburgh Airport, the trip to Boots to pick up this year’s forgotten item (last year suncream; this year a toothbrush) the moments of panic when you think you have lost your passport and once you arrive: the heat and the excitement of being somewhere new and foreign and getting to experience the wonders that the city has to offer.

But nothing could have prepared me for the sheer beauty and indeed near perfection of Rome. When you walk up and down the cobbles of the city, every building: whether it be the Sistine Chapel or a regular supermarket seems worthy of taking a photo of. What is perhaps the most amazing thing about Rome is that the buildings are both aesthetically pleasing and designed to maximum efficiency; a rare combination that puts most modern day architecture to shame.

The holiness and spirituality of the Vatican, St Peter’s and the Basilica are almost overwhelming. The architecture and artwork is not only stunning but also highly significant both historically and to practisers of the Christian faith.

My personal favourite venture on this year’s trip was the tour of ancient Rome and the colosseum. Taking no less than 3 hours, the history behind ancient Rome and the colosseum is vast and fascinating. It would be worth going back to Rome just to take in the tour and the history behind it once again.

And the food. The food.

But what made this and all previous YLN trips was the group of people on the trip. The self – dubbed ‘old – heads’, the not so old old – heads and those on the trip for the first time from all over Scotland, lead expertly by ‘uncle’ Bill Stevenson and Niall Rolland is a potent combination that leads to laughs and fun all round.

If you are interested in history, warmer climes, ‘selfies’ and meeting a great bunch of people whilst retaining the key principles of the BB then the yearly YLN European trips will be perfect for you.

Arrivederci & Grazie.

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