Crazy day trip to Rome!
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Two J Club members meet in Italy! J4 and J5 maybe?????????
The idea for this trip was conceived a few months ago while chatting with Jennifer(Jenn79) about our travels. She had suggested meeting up somewhere but the timing just was not right yet. Jennifer had told me that she was going to Rome in April and asked if I wanted to go. Well of course I would! I kept an eye out on the flights and it continued to look good for me to get to Rome, so I booked a hostel and was all set.
Finally, the day has come. On Thursday April 17, I get my daughter off to school and head out to Indianapolis International Airport for my Northwest Airlink flight to New York La Guardia.
I was at my hostel by 7:25am. It was Hostel Beautiful 2. It is less than five minutes walk from Termini Station and was about $40 per night.
By now, it was about 8:30 and the first tour bus left at 9 so we went directly to the stop and waited. The weather was perfect this day so we sat on the open top of the bus. We headed out and saw a few of the sights and decided to make St. Peter's our first stop in order to beat the crowds. The line into Vatican City was long but it took no longer than 30 minutes to get in. The security screening was similar to an airport but less intense. It was not as crowded as I thought it would be.
It was close to one when we went back to the tour bus. We took it to Via Veneto, so Jennifer could check into her hotel.
After all that, we went to see the Trevi Fountain. It was packed with people! I mean, you could not move around at all. We snapped some photos and threw our coins in to assure our future visit to Rome, of course! We then went to the Spanish Steps. This place was even more packed with people! More pictures and then off to a gelateria for some yummy gelato! It all looked good but I was craving lemon and so that is what I had.
It was only 6pm but we were bushed! Jennifer also had an early wake up the next morning, so we split up at this time. It was such a pleasure to tour Rome with Jennifer! She is a wonderful person to travel with, a real trooper, who will go with the flow without any complaint.
Jennifer went to her hotel and I went back to the hostel. I was sharing the room with two girls, one from Stockholm and the other from Poznan. They were a lot of fun to hang out with. We had some shawarma from a place across from the hostel and a few beers. We also walked around the area in the evening. They were flying out early too, just like I and so we went to sleep at about 10.
I awoke at 5:30am so I could get ready and be out of the girls way. I had some breakfast and departed the hostel at 7am for Termini Station. I took the Leonardo Express back to FCO airport and was there by 8am. I walked over to the Alitalia Chicago counter and waited. I could sense something was amiss. Some of the customers at the counter were looking frustrated. I started to worry. My fears came true when it was my turn and I heard the agent say that the Chicago flight was cancelled. Well, it was too early to be too concerned, as I had some options. I felt bad for the other passengers since it sounded like they were going to be staying overnight in Rome. I asked about getting on another Alitalia flight to the US, as they fly to New York, Newark, Boston, and Miami.
Now I am in Detroit and once again, I could easily be spending the night there since the flight to Indy is overbooked also. I waited again. They called my name! Yeah! I am on but the only seats they have left are first class. Oh twist my arm! I sit down in seat 3A and am on my way to Indy onboard another DC-9. This flight was also smooth and routine. A few gin and tonics and 45 minutes later, I am back in Indy! It is 8:30pm. This crazy trip has come to an end and I will never forget it.
Thanks for reading!