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Jeremy and I in front of the Vatican!
oh myyyyy what a DAY!

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.
Inside Saint Peter's Basilica
Since Jeremy was only going to be here for 1 day, I was ready to do a crazy, whirlwind tour of this huge city and squeeze in every last thing possible! This was not to be the case unfortunately, but I gave it my best shot! And let me tell you all, Jeremy is such a trooper!!

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.
Jeremy shows us where the Pope sits!
YEAH RIGHT. But if you're his guest, he treats you really well! His love just doesn't apply to others. =) All the better as we were about to go on one of those hop-on-hop-off bus tours and one of the stops was down the street from my hotel. Jeremy was sweet enough to offer to carry my backpack the WHOLE WAY. What a gentleman, seriously! I'm thinking about getting a new spine, anyone who knows me knows I get biweekly massages and adjustments to keep things limber and free of pain. And trust me, I was not free of pain this week!

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.
There are no words to describe..
There is nothing simple about Rome - it is audacious, breathtaking and incredible.

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.
Gotta pose in front of a Roman statue!
Jeremy made me laugh as he touches EVERYTHING! I was going to try and snap a picture of him touching a statue or vase or something but didn't want to draw attention and get the poor guy in trouble!

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.
The room ended up being freaking tiny, and apparently in Europe you have to stick your hotel key into the wall to keep the lights on. I didn't know this and kept walking over to the wall every 15 minutes to slip in the key and pull it back out. It wasn't until the technician who came in to help me connect to the internet said "Put in key forever!" that I realized you're supposed to leave it IN THE WALL. Jeeez. I complained to Matt about how rubbish everything in Europe is! =)

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.
On the way to the Sistine Chapel
It has been extremely difficult for me to budget. Jeremy and I had some simple pastas, the ravioli which Jeremy ordered was nice but my artichoke pasta was pretty awful and I ended up nibbling on breadsticks instead. If I had more cash to spare I would have ordered the prosciutto melon and the beef carpacio, but that would have put our lunch at about 80 Euro (it was 40 Euro as it were) which would have been a $160 lunch. Sorry, can't do it. The sad thing is that 4 years ago when I visited things were quite the opposite and an 80 Euro lunch would have been like $45. What a trip!

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.
Jeremy is hands down a great person to talk to.

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.
Jeremy has those pictures which I can't wait to see! We walked back towards my hotel and parted at the Metro around 5pm. I came back and found myself with a pounding headache, and ended up sleeping soundly until 10:30pm. Woke up groggily to write this blog and upload some pictures and it is now 2am, so with that I'll end and edit/add more tomorrow. Good night all!


vulindlela says:
"You, my dear, need to lose a few kilos!"

Ah, no, I don't think so!!!
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
vulindlela says:
Great to relive the moments in your blog!
Wait until you hear of my adventure to get home.
Posted on: Apr 20, 2008
TRE69 says:
I wanna go to Rome!:P
Posted on: Apr 19, 2008
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Jeremy and I in front of the Vatic…
Jeremy and I in front of the Vati…
Inside Saint Peters Basilica
Inside Saint Peter's Basilica
Jeremy shows us where the Pope sit…
Jeremy shows us where the Pope si…
There are no words to describe..
There are no words to describe..
Gotta pose in front of a Roman sta…
Gotta pose in front of a Roman st…
On the way to the Sistine Chapel
On the way to the Sistine Chapel
One of the many gorgeous domed cei…
One of the many gorgeous domed ce…
Tiber River
Tiber River
Need to know the popes??
Need to know the popes??
Jeremy in front of the holy water …
Jeremy in front of the holy water…
on the grounds of the Vatican
on the grounds of the Vatican
Spanish Steps - jeez!
Spanish Steps - jeez!
In front of Spanish Steps
In front of Spanish Steps
Me throwing a coin into the mob, w…
Me throwing a coin into the mob, …
This is painted, not carved!
This is painted, not carved!
There were thousands of these alon…
There were thousands of these alo…
In front of the Vatican
In front of the Vatican
Jeremy in front of a statue1
Jeremy in front of a statue1
while waiting in line for the Vati…
while waiting in line for the Vat…
Rome
photo by: vulindlela