The Vatican

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My second day I decided to attach myself to James and Rachel who were staying in the same room as me at our hostel. They were going to the Vatican, and I decided that tagging along would be a wonderful idea as the Vatican seemed like an overwhelming task on my own. Both native English speakers, and in their twenties, I thought it would be a good opportunity to make a few new friends, and maybe be able to share some of my experiences in Rome with others so I was a little less alone. I'm so glad I did, we all became fast friends and the rest of my trip wouldn't have been the same without them.

The Vatican was, of course, amazing. I found it all a little overwhelming though, and got to the point where I felt all the grand art and architecture was a little lost on me. We were on a budget and so we went without a guide, but I think it would have been helpful in really appreciating what we were seeing. It would have also been nice to have a little help navigating the museum, because if you don't know what you're doing it's very easy to get swept up among the crowds without any real knowledge of where you're going and why. Overall it was a good experience, but if you can spare the cash I would recommend a guide.

And don't forget to cover your knees and shoulders, or the wait in that impressive queue will be in vain!
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