Roman Around

Yesterday morning (alright, noonish) Cathy and I took the metro down to the Colosseum. Holy crap! You walk out of the station and it is RIGHT there sitting in its 2,000-year-old glory. Standing there in its shadow really made me appreciate my trip. I mean, how cool is that – the frigin Colosseum! We decided it’d be worth the 10 Euro to actually get inside it, and as much as I’m quickly running out of funds, it was worth it I think.

It was really cool to picture it full of Romans shouting for blood. It was built in the first century A.D. (I think) and took 10 years to finish. It could hold up to 50,000 people who could be evacuated in under three minutes – the ACC ain’t got nothin’ on this place. Oh, another cool fact, it could be flooded so Gladiators could have mock sea battles. The arena floor is all gone, so you can see all the corridors and stuff where they would bring beasts up from and crazy things like that.

We decided to take the long walk home so as to see what looked like a really cool part of town just down the road and also swing by the Trevi Fountain. The building turned out to be a palace or something and is easily the most incredible building I’ve ever seen in my life. It is absolutely massive and adorned with a tonne of statues. The fountain was cool to. Some little sales guy convinced me to buy a squishy face thing that you can mould into various shapes and stuff… I talked him down to a euro for the thing, and it was more of a donation to the guy.

Getting back to the hostel Cathy and I broke into the wine I bought (a 1.5L bottle [the big bottle] for 2.99€ – how crazy is that!?!?!) and she cooked our risotto while I tried to get the DVD player working. The second day always seems to be better than the first at a hostel as I met a lot more people last night than I did the first. I actually met a girl who had been travelling to St. Catharines!

A group of guys from Minnisota convinced everyone to go with them to the Spanish Steps, so pouring what was left of the bottle of wine into a Heinekin bottle (Il Poco Vino, or the Heinie-Winie) we were set loose onto the streets of Roma. It was a good time. There was a BIG group of us and we basically just sorta floated around the neighbourhood making fools of ourselves – but hell, finally we out-numbered the locals! Got to try my first Italian gelato (read: Ice Cream) last night, and it was pretty good.

Cathy, myself and two kiwis (New Zealanders) decided to head for the hostel when the rest of the crew wanted to go back down to the fountain. My feet were about to rebel and are arguing with me on a constant basis today because of all the walking, but that’s not going to stop me from visiting Olde Popey today. Yup, I’m off to Vatican City but I don’t know if I’ll see the Sistine Chapel as it costs some coinage and I’m trying desperately to save money. I’m already cutting into the money I wanted to save for Thailand. Gulp.

After the Vatican we are heading to Napoli (Naples) and staying there a couple of days. Cathy has realized that it’s not economically all that sound for her to come with me to Greece as she has to pay for all the ferries and stuff – whereas I can do it all for “free” with my Eurail Pass. So, I think she’s going to go as far as Bari where I’m catching the ferry and then maybe we’ll meet up again if I get to Spain.

Ok, time to go make something to eat and head out.

Is anyone still reading this?

17 Responses

    • Re: i’m still here 🙂

      Thanks man… and good to know. Geez… it’s great to see people are still reading. I don’t know why I assumed people had stopped.

  1. Beamsville’s online tracking your progress as well. I was as overwhelmed by the Collosseum as you were – I hope you enjoyed the Vatican as much as I did. And yes, Greece will be cheaper. 🙂 Love, Uncle Rich

    • Gosh Darn Colosseum

      Yeah.. so the Colosseum was great, but well, I walked around Vatican City.. literally! We took a wrong turn and got a great view of the stupid wall…

      anyway, you will never read this reply, so I will just post it in my LJ haha.


      • Re: Gosh Darn Colosseum

        Crap happens. 🙂

        Think of all the wrong turns you’ve taken in life and met someone knew or experienced something you wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.

        • Re: Gosh Darn Colosseum

          Yeah, I thought of that… as I was staring at the wall wondering where all the people where. 🙂

  2. *sigh*

    I wish I had went into the Colosseum! 🙁 Hehe, now you’ve done it, you’ve officially gotten me envious of you. Not like I wasn’t before…
    Your dad’s post was adorable by the way hehe, I was like,
    “Awwwwwwwww!!!” It was sweet.
    I can’t wait for Greece…hurry up man 😉 Anyways, I’m glad you’re having fun; don’t worry about cash; yes I’m still reading; and DUDE! We GOTTA chat soon! I actually have news (can you guess what it is?) I’ll commit to writing you an e-mail (although you never really responded to my last one, but no grudges haha) if I don’t catch ya on msn anytime soon. Take care!!

    • Re: *sigh*

      Sorry grrl… I’ve sorta had this whole travelling thing going and e-mail has been difficult. It’s not like I have high speed piped into my bedroom yo! 🙂

      I read them though, so keep ’em coming!!

  3. also still here

    wow !!!! the amount of new people you are meeting , it’s just very cool!
    pj’s and a housecoat eh? I will look for that book for sure!

    So you encounterd some cold did ya? what was the temp? because here cows utters want to invert its so damn cold!

    Other then welland turning in to a freezer, nothing else has happend…imagin that:|

    Vee needs to share !!! what happend!!!

    ok its 8 am and I am still tired and friggen cold so I am going back to bed!!!

    you take care and keep having fun!

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