Laundry day and oh yeah, Vatican City
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May 3rd, 2008 – by: sshaunaa
I was planning on climbing to the top of the Dome but the line at 8am was already long, so I walked to the line to the Vatican Museum, home of the Sistine Chapel. The line itself doesn't tell you much in terms of how long you're going to wait since it snakes around a couple corners. So just when you think you're near the entrance, you turn the corner and see you still have a long way to go! I ended up in line for just over 2 1/2 hours (beat that Disney World!). I met a guy from Ireland and his parents. He's in Rome studying to be a priest.
The museum itself is ok. It's huge and has lots of stuff in it. I didn't go on a tour or rent an audioguide so for the most part, I didn't know what I was looking at. I enjoyed the Egyptian rooms and the 'map room'. It was really long and full of old painted maps of Italy and surrounding areas. Besides that, the main focus is to see the Sistine Chapel, which is easy to find since it's where all the hordes of people are walking toward. I don't know what I was expecting but what I saw wasn't it. Once I sat down and looked around, I saw how incredible the place is. Everything is painted onto the walls, but it really does look 3D, and unconceivable that someone was able to figure out how to paint on a ceiling what would look real while standing on the floor, looking up.
When I left around 12, the line was about twice as long as it had been when I got there earlier. I'm glad I went when I did!
The problem with laundry day, is what to wear to go get the laundry washed. All I had left was a pair of shorts, a sports bra and my rain jacket. The guy here at the hostel recommended a gelato place ("that serves the best gelato in Rome" about a 25 minute walk from here.
In the hostel, I met two girls from Toronto that are studying at King's (next to Dalhouise where I studied). It was nice to hear stories from back in Halifax, and from two girls that just finished their first year! It brought back some memories!! :)
We went out to a restaurant that brings out 'sharing sized' portions of pasta so we got to try four different kinds and of course try some lovely red wine. En route to the restaurant, we came across a street party next to the colosseum. It was absolutely crazy with large trucks parked in the street blaring music with lots of people dancing. Very random indeed!
Also sharing our room are two guys from Australia that have me thinking about going! Ohhhhh!
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