Next stop: Rome, Italy.
|What's up Vatican City!|
I'd like to begin by saying that I'm pretty sure I gained five pounds in the four days of being in Rome. I mean, how can you not when surrounded by gelato, pizza, pasta, and vino?
Along with my three roommates (more of our group came the next day), I took an 8ish-hour train ride from Genève to Milano to Roma on Thursday afternoon. Nice trip, nice weather, well done. We got into Rome pretty late, had a bit of difficulty finding our hostel (which turned out to be a hotel), and then began our mission of finding some food. We ended up at a restaurant near our place where we had some marginal "Italian" food and some (obviously) delicious gelati. (I'm still confused about when to use gelato (singular) and gelati (plural), and I'm pretty anal about that sort of thing so if anyone has some insight, please let me know!) We had a great time that night, went to sleep late, and slept in I'm sure. The weather that Friday was shite, and unfortunately we had to drag our suitcases (and our asses) to the apartment we were staying in for the next two nights. We ended up getting off at the wrong metro stop (after confusing the metro with the train, which we were supposed to be taking), walking in the rain through the torrents of classless men trying to sell us cheap tours of the Vatican, going the wrong way, stopping for a pick-me-up pizza, getting lost again, and finally finding our apartment after calling the proprietor, an adorable Italian woman named Emanuela. But the fact that we could see St. Peter's Dome from our apartment's terrace absolutely made up for the frustration of getting there.
|Me, Ellen, Anya|
|Such gorgeous faces!|
|The Swiss Guard reppin' my country!|
|The Nave Floor|
|St. Peter's Baldaccino|
|The Altar of the Chair of Peter|
After sending my family a postcard at the Vatican post office, I went with Adrianne to see the Colosseum, the Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, and the ruins of the Roman Forum. Walking down the Via dei Fori Imperiali towards the Colosseum is one of the coolest things I have ever done. We got off the bus, and suddenly it was right there, a building (if you can call it that) I have seen a thousand times in textbooks, on TV, online, etc. Right there in front of us. Way awesome. After being conned into a 10-euro photo shoot with two Roman warriors (living out of a suitcase), we checked out the ruins of the Forum. They were pretty ruined, and it was getting dark/cold, so we snapped a few photos of the Vittorio Emanuele monument and got on a bus back to our cute Roman apartment.
|Egyptian street performer in Rome?|
|Arch of Constantine|
|I look ridiculous|
|The only reason there are so many pictures of the outside is that we couldn't get inside...|
|Lots of famous things with lots of names that I forget|
|Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II|
|Apparently he's a pretty important guy|
|Waiting for the Pope|
|What's up Holiness|
|Vicar of Jesus Christ|
|A very crowded St. Peter's Square|
|Piazza di Spagna|
When else will you be in Rome?