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The Colossum

I have been in the travel industry for 10 years and have only been a few places in the world. Mostly the countries attached to the US. On a whim a friend asked me to go with them to Rome. I said without hesitation, yes. I live in Hawaii, so getting to Rome was not going to be a quick task, and given my job and the fact that I only had 5 days off was going to be tricky. I had to make a flight from Kauai to Phoenix, to Atlanta, to Rome. The only problem was that it all rested on the first flight and if I did not get on I was not going anywhere. So to start the day with a hangover from friends visiting was not a good way to go. I work for a regional airline out here in Hawaii, and I’m based in Kauai, that said I had to get up get packed and head to work and not return for 6 days, yeah that sounds fun.

Very cool, had to take it

I got to work with my roller bag, literally flying behind me, (I never have a roller bag because we are home every night here on the islands). So as my day turned out the plane was late and the plane was slow, simply meaning that it was going to be a stressful day to catch a flight that night at 10:30pm, when we are suppose to be back on Kauai at 10:15pm. We had 8 legs of flight ahead and a broken APU (this provides the air conditioning on the plane along with the power to start the engines), and I had a mission get back to Kauai, at 10pm. I CAN DO IT! To shorten this story, a mechanical problem caused us to be over ½ and hour late the whole night I was able to get back at 9:55pm. Let’s just say everyone thought I was a race car driver.

I made my flights, met up with my travel partner and her dad in Atlanta, and it was a 9 hr flight to go.

The Colossum at night
I got some sleep to assure that I was on some sort of time zone.      We got through customs no problem, and out the doors of the airport we go, into a new adventure. And no driver to meet us, this was a bad sign to start allowing someone else to plan my travels.  A little later a driver appears and we are under way to The Great Roman Adventure.

Got to the hotel and I was under the impression that we were staying with my friends dad, but that changed quickly, so off to find a hotel was the first part of our adventure. We wondered the street for about an hour, and quickly learned that I was for sure in another country. The language barrier was there but not a huge issue. We found a great hotel named Ginvera, near the train station.

The Pantheon at night
After getting settled in we began to explore, I knew that the Coliseum was around here somewhere.  I could not keep my mouth closed as it fell as I saw the huge Coliseum, WOW! We ventured up the street snapping pictures and being absolutely amazed at everything I am seeing.

I could go on for hours describing the entire adventure, but I am neither good at simplifying nor giving great detail, so I will best simplify as much as possible. The next morning started with Cappuccino at a small café, and set the days plan into action. We plan to start at the Sistine Chapel and walk our way back to the hotel back on the other side of town. From the Chapel museum we went to Saint Peters Square, passed on the St. Peters Basilica, (way too long of a line), Castle Saint Angelo, The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, (which seem to appear out of nowhere.

The streets of Rome
We sat and had a bottle of wine while watching the many people of all countries pass by. I even shared an inside joke with a little old man who was pointing out attractive women to our waiter, I partook in this game too.

After the Trevi Fountain, we walked back to the Coliseum and took the tour there. Stand in the Coliseum and listening to the goofy 4 euro handset, the only thought that went through my head was of my father who recently passed away, and the excitement that he would have gotten from me showing the pictures and telling of the story of the Coliseum. . . .After the Coliseum we headed back to the hotel to rest a bit and get ready for dinner and some nightlife. We went to Piazza Novona, where we had dinner and a large beer at Café Jazz.  From here nothing seemed too exciting so we hoped a cab to the nearest club.

My first site of Rome
We were whisked to a bar called Coyote; we had a beer or two and were ready to go when we wondered down the street to find a few more clubs. We decided to go into AKAB, a young, hip, and loud place, it was perfect (for me). I few too many more beers and laughing with some locals we had a great time dancing and mingling. We hoped a cab back to the hotel to pass the hell out.

The next day had no plan, but recovery from the hangover from last night’s beverage consumption. We went to Jewish Ghetto, and then headed to the Pantheon, and the amazingness of it.  We were making our way back to meet my travel partner’s dad when we stopped in an internet café and I learned that my travel back to the states did not include me getting back to Hawaii in time to go to work on the 10th.

This car rocks
So I sat there for about an hour stressing over that, and made and executive decision to play it by ear.

The next morning was started at 4 in the morning to get to the airport in time to change my travel plans to get me home. The flight I needed was an Alitalia flight at 9:20am from Rome to Los Angeles; we got to the airport at 6:30am to the ball rolling. After hours of stressing on whether or not we were getting on, we made it by 5mins. After getting settled in on the plane which had maybe 60 people on it, one of the flight attendant came up to me and asked me to grab my things and fallow them, they moved me up to First Class. I asked the purser if my travel companion could join me in First Class, for which he said no, because of the other passengers, who cares. After takeoff I informed my friend of this, who was really cool about it and said to enjoy the service for which I had never experienced before.

Small street, small cars, small cafe in the middle of it all Priceless

All in all it was a great trip, great food, amazing sites, friendly people, and an interesting travel partner. I will again visit Rome and finally see St. Peter’s Basilica.

 

yadilitta says:
so many memories. I enjoyed Rome very much too!!!!
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
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The Colossum
The Colossum
Very cool, had to take it
Very cool, had to take it
The Colossum at night
The Colossum at night
The Pantheon at night
The Pantheon at night
The streets of Rome
The streets of Rome
My first site of Rome
My first site of Rome
This car rocks
This car rocks
Small street, small cars, small ca…
Small street, small cars, small c…
WOW!
WOW!
Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine
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Can I climb on this?
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Me and the unknowing couple
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Stop looking at her butt
Station of the cross
Station of the cross
ST Peters Square
ST Peter's Square
Castle St Angelo
Castle St Angelo
Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps
Angela at Piazza Novona fountain
Angela at Piazza Novona fountain
The Pantheon
The Pantheon
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The huge doors of the Pantheon
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Yes I still have the sunglasses on
First time First Class, on Alitalia
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