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Our hotel in Naples.

This weekend I ventured to Naples and then Pompeii with Bre, Amanda and Merlita.

It was crazy. First off, we decided pretty quickly that we were even going to Pompeii. When I woke up that morning I had no idea that I would be going to sleep in Naples. The train ride to Naples went pretty smoothly, however we got off at the wrong stop in Naples and had to take a hot bus all the way across town at midnight. Then we finally got to our hostel, but they were booked. Luckily they were really nice and found us a one star hotel for the same price. It took us another 20 minutes to find the hotel. Keep in mind that Naples isn't the prettiest, cleanest, safest city.

Finally in Pompeii!
The streets are full of trash and bums and there was a constant smell of urine.

We finally made it to the hotel and we were sweaty, gross and so tired. Luckily, they had a room available with a private bathroom. Somehow we got some sleep and then got up at 6:00am to get to Pompeii before it opened at 8:30am. I'm not sure how we got up and got going that morning.

The ruins of Pompeii were amazing. We got there so early we had most of the place to ourselves. I just kept thinking "this house is thousands of years old, and I get to explore it!" It was the coolest thing. One surprising thing about Pompei, at least to me, was all of the stray dogs. We had three following us at one point. They all looked hungry and dirty, but I knew that if I gave any of them something, they would never leave us alone.

We spent a total of about seven hours in the ruins.

We had Pompeii to ourselves.
I didn't think it would take that long, but we're all history nerds and we had to see everything. Pompeii is just the most amazing place.

On our way back to Florence we had to take a later train since it was the cheapest. We were frustrated and tired and hungry and now we had to wait for three more hours. To pass the time we had magherita pizza and beer and then just walked around. Our train ride was going to be six hours long and get us into florence at 2:00am. So we knew we had to get some extra beer to take on the train, you know, Italian style. We got some huge bottles for our insane train ride.

Later on we realized that our tickets weren't all together, darn ticket man,  but we got our own compartment anyway. Think Harry Potter style train, where each compartment had about six seats, so it was kind of private.

House of Mysteries.
 Sorry for the analogy, I couldn't help myself. We were having such a good time drinking and chatting and enjoying each other's company. But once we got to Rome more people come on and we had to go to our assigned seats. Then the ride really sucked. The six hours went by pretty fast though. The train dropped us off at Campo dei marte, so we had to call a cab to get home. But we finally made it.

So much happened on our quick trip, it's hard to realize we were only gone for about 28 hours. It was definitely an adventure. Pompeii was so worth it though. i will never forget this trip for as long as I live.

Oh! I almost forgot one of the best parts! So we have our beer (Peroni of course) and we're heading back ot the train station when we realize we don't have a bottle opener. Luckily you can buy pretty much anything off the streets of Naples. Seriously. We found a fish shaped bottle opener, that also had a lighter, AND flashlight. For only 2 euro! It was so great. We named our blue fish Peroni, after the beer of course.

Oh the fun adventures you have in Italy. You seriously can't make this stuff up. Nor can you plan for most of the stuff that happens.

vances says:
In a pinch, I've found a door jamb works as an effective bottle opener...of course that wouldn't help you once you were on the train!
Posted on: Oct 23, 2009
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Our hotel in Naples.
Our hotel in Naples.
Finally in Pompeii!
Finally in Pompeii!
We had Pompeii to ourselves.
We had Pompeii to ourselves.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
the Forum.
the Forum.
the Forum.
the Forum.
the Forum.
the Forum.
these three guys decided to follow…
these three guys decided to follo…
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
this guy ruined my shot.
this guy ruined my shot.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
House of Mysteries.
the dogs eventually got tired of f…
the dogs eventually got tired of …
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
welcome
"welcome"
the Faun for which the house was n…
the Faun for which the house was …
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
House of the Faun.
the brothel.
the brothel.
a hazy Vesuvius in the distance.
a hazy Vesuvius in the distance.
the Amphitheater.
the Amphitheater.
the Amphitheater.
the Amphitheater.
the Amphitheater.
the Amphitheater.
Stephanie the gladiator.
Stephanie the gladiator.
the Amphitheater.
the Amphitheater.
the Palaestra.
the Palaestra.
ancient cafe.
ancient cafe.
the best smelling rosemary bushes …
the best smelling rosemary bushes…
adjacent to the Large Theatre.
adjacent to the Large Theatre.
adjacent to the Large Theatre.
adjacent to the Large Theatre.
adjacent to the Large Theatre.
adjacent to the Large Theatre.
the Large Theatre.
the Large Theatre.
the Large Theatre.
the Large Theatre.
the Large Theatre.
the Large Theatre.
the Small Theatre.
the Small Theatre.
the Small Theatre.
the Small Theatre.
the Small Theatre.
the Small Theatre.
Mount Vesuvius in the background.
Mount Vesuvius in the background.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
the Basilica.
Sooo tired from a full day explori…
Sooo tired from a full day explor…
Train station. I would suggest get…
Train station. I would suggest ge…
Waiting for the train back to Napl…
Waiting for the train back to Nap…
Famous magherita pizza. Amazing.
Famous magherita pizza. Amazing.
Enjoying pizza and Peroni.
Enjoying pizza and Peroni.
Corridor of our train.
Corridor of our train.
Prepared for the long ride back to…
Prepared for the long ride back t…
Salut!
Salut!
Peroni!
Peroni!
Pompeii
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