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Rome Travel Blog› entry 4 of 8 › view all entries
April 18th, 2008 – by: jenn79
Ale's sister Vanessa and her boyfriend came in very late last night, so I was up until about 2am. Didn't help that I was chatting with my beloved TB gurls either!! At 6:30 I managed to wake up all on my own and get ready to meet Jeremy. I packed a couple days worth of clothing into a bookbag and slid my laptop in and prayed to the Gods I'd be able to find his hostel near Termini. Neither of our phones work so we were leaving it to our punctuality and ability to navigate foreign cities to meet each other!
I was really really really looking forward to my day in Rome. As I had just spent the last two days helping to take care of baby, I was quite tired and getting a bit stir crazy as I had not seen a single iota of this wondeful city.
The ride on the metro A line was a bit brutal. Friday mornings have a lot of commuter traffic and I was carrying two big bags so quite tired and uncomfortable to boot. I had printed a map all the way back in LA that would help me navigate and when I turned down the appropriate street I saw Jeremy standing outside waiting for me. YAY!!!! I was so happy I rushed him and gave him a big hug!
Jeremy was staying at the Hostel Beautiful 2 or something like that. The manager seemed nice, and I asked if I could put my bags down but the hostel manager made a big kerfufle about me not being his guest so he could not accomodate me.
On the bus we deliberated where to stop and what to do, and after some shuffling around of ideas and priorities, we decided to take it all the way to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. What a sight! It's hard to believe something like this exists in a city, a gorgeous site that is straight out of a storybook.
Jeremy and I couldn't believe we were in Rome. I was really impressed as Jeremy had done some research the day or so before he left and knew what all the sights were, what the names were, and where they were located. He was FAR more prepared than I was for his 1 day whirlwind tour with me! We passed by the Colloseum, a bunch of excavated ruins that kind of reminded us of Mexico City, and tons of windy streets that are tres european.
Who knew this, but the Vatican is FREE to visit! The Sistine Chapel is not (it's 14 Euros) but we spent the whole morning walking around Saint Peter's Basilica, the halls before the Sistine Chapel and then finally the Sistine Chapel. A lot of the beauty lies in the ceilings so my neck is all hurty and unhappy after walking for miles and staring at the ceiling most of the way.
By the end of our visit to Vatican City - man were our dogs barking! I also hadn't eaten yet. Why is it that everytime I am in Europe I am STARVED?! Europe laughs at my chubb and refuses to allow me to eat - "You, my dear, need to lose a few kilos!"
After all this, I checked into my hotel which is at the end of Via Veneto which is a gorgeous street lined with a lot of these outdoor glass-enclosed cafes. They were really accomodating allowing me to check in early and it's a really nice hotel.
We went to eat around the corner because by now it was almost 3pm and I was deathly scared that all the restaurants would close like they did in Geneva and I would literally STARVE. I've eaten like 2 meals in the past 3 days and have just been drinking a lot of juice! I hate that the dollar is so weak compared to the Euro right now.
Sadly, the only thing that I enjoyed about our meal was the great conversation as Jeremy told me a lot about his travels, answered my questions about the South diplomatically, etc. We talked about travbuddies and generally just bonded.
After lunch we headed to the Trevi Fountain! Rome is somewhat hard to find your way around. Occassionally you will see signs pointing you in the direction of major sights, but they're not followed up very well. Jeremy used his "follow the crowds" strategy to find the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, which were a lot more difficult to find than the fountain. We scampered under railings and between tourists to get close enough to the fountain to throw coins in. What a LOVELY sight to see in Rome. It's really large and ornate, and you just can't put something like that in America or else it would be called vulgar. But in Rome, having been built hundreds of years ago, it has such a rightful place! The Spanish Steps were unbelievably crowded so we didn't even take pictures there, just snapped a few of the steps and got the hell out of there!
Jeremy and I then stopped for gelato as our day was winding to an end and I was growing increasingly exhausted.
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