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My First Time at St. Peter’s Square and the Best Receiving Line Ever

I woke up after getting just three hours sleep – my body (and likely my mind) is having trouble adjusting to being in four time zones in three days.  Breakfast was available to us from 7am to 11am.  Generally when given a four-hour period, I will usually opt for a later time.  However, given this was my first time ever in Rome, I managed to get up by 8am and make it to breakfast by 8:30am.  It was pretty cool: I sat between a Senator and the Director for the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute.  I summoned my best table manners as we all enjoyed the breakfast buffet on the top floor of our hotel.  The discussion was quite good, and I was able to share about my family as well as ask a few thoughtful questions.

After breakfast I made my way to the office that was set up to assist the Canadian delegation.  I pulled out my hastily-written notes of recommended stores provided to me by Msgr. Smith and I punched all of the names into Google maps.   A few printouts later and I was off to the metro station to experience my first train-ride in Rome.

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