Well I made it to my homeland of I Italy. I forgot how much I love the country. I am planning to study there for my masters. I love the feel of the Italians. When I arrived I realized how weak my Italian skills were. I can't wait to really work on my skills next semester at UNT.
Rome is an amazing place and it is going to be hard to describe the beauty of the things I saw. I arrived at the airport and caught the train to the city. I got to the hostel right as they choose the new Pope. It was awesome because the bells were ringing at the Vatican and you could hear them from our hostel. I got there to find Josh asleep in his bed. He had the joy of sleeping in the airport the night before. I had a nice comfy bed in Germany. HAHA!!!
We decided to go for a walk around the city. It was amazing. I saw my first view of the Colosseum was at night. It was splendid. It just looked like a glowing round star in the distance (does that make sense?). Then it was off to
find some dinner. We ate at a restaurant called "Al 39." I had an amazing omelet. Yes I had an omelet in Italy. Not too sure why, but hey that is how I work.
The next day was a killer. There was a canadiac guy in our hostel room. All of the sudden he started to make these hacking throw up noises. All I could think was please don’t do it... PLEASE! He then made a bounding leap off the bed and ran for the bathroom. Bleh! He was puking... Then he got back in bed to lie down. Then he threw up all over himself! AH! Then his mate brought him a trash can which he proceeded to throw up in all night! It still gives me throw up chills writing about it!
No sleep and off to see Rome. I still can not believe how much we saw in one day. I saw the inside of the Colesseum. I remember starring at it while I was sitting at work day dreaming of what life was going to be like in Europe. It is a lot smaller then I expected and I can't believe I have actually
had the opportunity to see it.
Next was the Palatine Hill. From the ruins you could see spectacular views of the city. It was off to see the tomb of the unknown solider and then off the Pantheon. Let me just tell you how amazing the Pantheon is. It is a dome with a hole in the center that is not supported by columns. To this day they still have no idea how it was constructed. There are 22 holes in the floor that allow the rain to go out of the building. Talk about some work!
That night we decided to go out for gelato (Italian ice cream). I think I drove Josh crazy because every time we passed a stand I started to drool! ahhhh..... gelato.... I love you! Sorry.. ok we found this place that served gelato made from scratch. I had straccitella (spl?) and hazelnut. It was amazing... We ate our ice cream and sat by the Fontana di Trevi. It was a great moment and then it began to rain. It was off for home and a prayer that no one would be throwing up. Well right as we turned the corner for hoe it
began to hail. Then to make matters worse the power went out. We found the front of our hostel and then found out that we were locked out! So we were stuck in the rain with no home! Then this American chick and a Canadiac came along. The American was very loud and annoying. She would just kick at the door. She couldn’t quite get the fact that the power was out. She was special. Josh was very surprised I didn’t have any smart comments for her. Well finally the power came back on and it was homeward bound.
I started off that morning by falling down a staircase of marble stairs. Good Work I know! I don’t like marble stairs because they are the devil!!! We hopped on the subway to Citta del Vaticano. We found out that the Sistine Chapel was still closed. Well it gives me a reason to go back. We bummed around the Vatican City Museum. I felt overwhelmed by the museum. There was a small section designated to Egypt. I wasn’t too impressed, but it interested me.
What do I say about St. Peters square....? My lack of words would not give
it justice. Look at the photos and you might have a glimpse at the brilliance of it. Josh and I stood there looking in circles at this spectacular square. It is always interesting to see something that I have viewed on tv my whole life. The Pope is one lucky guy. The inside of St. Peters was even more amazing. Please forgive me because the pics don’t give it justice.
After St. Peter's it was off to the Spanish Steps. I pictured it to be more exciting, but they were just covered with people selling things. There were these little Indian guys who were selling these little squishy guys. You could put them into different shapes. Well one of them came up and was trying to sell it to us. He then proceeded to give the little thing boobs and to top it off he gave it little nipples... I think at that moment there was extreme laughter.... Those crazy cats!
The rest of the trip just involved pastries and sleeping.... wait for the next blog.... it is Venice... It was an experience just getting there! I had the crazy eyes!
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