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Mar 22, 2005 - Rome

Got to Rome just fine... Took a cab to my hotel (pension) and checked in around 2PM. I have a bed and a sink (no phone, no television). The shower and toilet are in the hall. The door to the building is about 6' feet wide and 12' high (No, they didn't install it especially for me). After checking out the neighborhood, I bought some metro passes and picked up a USA Today at the corner stand. I went back to the room, read the paper, and planned the next day before turning in for the night. In the morning, I headed for the Vatican hoping to...

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Mar 20, 2005 - Rome

For a city with a population of 6.5 million people, Rome is surprisingly easy to navigate. We found our way to the Colosseum easily and really enjoyed it. We jumped on to a tour and learned the history of the place and imagined gladiators fighting each other as well as the wild beasts savagely attacking each other. Following this we went to see the Spanish Steps and Trevy Fountain, which were absolutely packed with people. The Colosseum was definitely the highlight today.

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Mar 16, 2005 - First night in Rome

We arrived in Rome after a three and a half hour train ride and by chance ran into Alice and Steve who we met in Bologna. We were waiting around for ages to get our room so we all grabbed some cans from the fridge just in case we missed out and got prepared for the night out. The girls were drinking wine from what looked like a ten litre bottle they had on the floor. After a shower and a bit of dinner, we all headed off at about 10pm (dinner is 9pm here) to go for a look through the Trastevere area of Rome. This area is on the river of rome...

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Mar 13, 2005 - Chegada em Roma

Pegamos um aviao para Roma as 16:30 h ..Gente, que lindo passar de aviao por cima dos Alpes....e maravilhoso ver toda aquela neve. Em Roma chegamos as 18 horas...o frio aqui esta igual ao de Sao Paulo...entao ta tranquilo pois ja estamos acostumados....nem luva e gorro usei...fiquei ate frustrada rsrsrsrrsrs. O dificil esta sendo carregar aquelas mochilas pesadissimas....ja rimos bastante por causa delas...acho que terei que despachar via sedex algumas roupas para o Brasil....senao vou acabar tendo um dor terrivel nas costas...ahahaha Ja...

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Mar 9, 2005 - Rome, Italia

9th March 2005 I arrived in Rome today with full intention of walking straight to the hostel with no difficulties. Of course, this was before I actually showed up at the hostel to find out that the rooms were not the price quoted on the internet. I wasn't too upset about having to pay an extra three euros, but the changes didn't end there. Breakfast included, luggage storage, lockers, etc. were also promised on the internet, none of which they had. Flipping pages in my guidebook as I walked, I found two other places that seemed decent. One...

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Mar 4, 2005 - At least the food's good...

So I write to you all from a little Internet cafe in our hostel in Rome that we JUST arrived at at 1:00AM after "Supposedly" leaving Florence @ 8:00PM by Train. Well, for those of you who have ever travelled from Florence to Rome or for that matter From Los Angeles to San Diego (Because its of equatable distances) you know that it does not take 5 HOURS! Our Train was for no real good reason delayed a full 3 hours because its Italy. Why not? Truly It doesn't matter to me because nothing at this point could ruin my enthusiasm for this...

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Mar 1, 2005 - You know what they say...when in Rome...

.....follow the tourists! Sorry to butcher the age old phrase, but I found that to do as the Romans tends to be quite annoying and at times outright grotesque. They talk excessively with their hands, have a nasty habit of kissing everyone on the mouth including family members (I mean I have a few cousins that I could get used to smooching, but definitely not siblings or immediate family that's just downright incestuous), and Roman men are just pretty (I really don't know how else to put it...it just bothers me alright!). As a side note who...

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Feb 26, 2005 - Rome, the eternal city!

There is so much to say about Rome, so I'll try to just give you the highlights of my time there. After coming back from Montecassino it was kinda late so I just ate a really good Italian dinner at our hotel and went to bed early; the long hike at Montecassino kicked my butt! Sunday our school went to the public Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Latin and I also got to go to confession (in English) there as well. I got to spend some time just meditating on the place I was at and its history after Mass which was so nice. My soul began to be...

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Feb 18, 2005 - Mom and I see some things we wanted to see in daylight

Mom and I just decided to walk around today and see what we could. We went window shopping and just followed what caught our eye until we ended up by the Trevi Fountain again. We had some FANTASTIC chinese food, then some equally fantastic gelatto and then went souvenir shopping. We saw the Palazzo di Montecitorio, with it's obelisk from Heliopolis, Egypt. It was brought to Rome in 10 BC by Emperor Augustus to serve as a sundial. Wow, it was so old! And behind this obelisk is the Chamber of Deputies, building finished in 1694 by Calo...

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Feb 17, 2005 - Church tour

Went on a church tour today. The weather was fantastic, it was warm enough to wear just a T-Shirt and no coat, and we were very optimistic as we set out. Unfortunately almost right away my mom and I saw a motorcycle accident, well the aftermath anyway. We saw a guy on his stomach twitching on the pavement and his girlfriend had blood coming out of her head, though she looked, hmm, not broken. Not like him. He was lying just wrong, somehow. She was just in shock. Had people not been directing traffic and trying to comfort him, the other...

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Feb 16, 2005 - Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Victor Emmanuel Monument, and Capitoline Museums

We started out today by taking a tour of the Vatican museums. Since it was a guided tour, everthing was very rushed and I didn't enjoy the experience very much. But we did get to see the Sistene Chapel. Somehow it was different than I imagined it though it was nonetheless beautiful. I have never been a fan of frescoes, as I usually think they look cartoony. No one could ever accuse any of Michelangelo's works in the Sistene Chapel of being cartoony. They were very beautiful. (Some of the other artist's frescoes WERE a little cartoony,...

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Feb 15, 2005 - Rome

After we left Mauricio at the train station, we boarded our train to Rome. It was a 7 hour ride, and was uneventful for the most part. We had 4 seats for ourselves for the first part of the trip. About 2 hours into it, two people showed up and we had to share. They were a French speaking woman and an Arab speaking man. Melissa thinks they were just teacher and student, I think there was something else going on with them. Either way, she spoke no english, and he only spoke a little. Melissa spent the next few hours speaking French and...

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