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Jun 24, 2014 - Rome- Tuesday: Early morning tours of Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum

Another great day in Rome. We met John from Walks of Italy at 8:15am and we had a group of 6 that toured the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Forum. John has only lived in Rome for 10 years and is originally from London, however he was so knowledgable! So amazing was the architecture and engineering that took place in 70AD! All of the interesting facts and history was so amazing! We both throughly enjoyed the tour. After the tour we came back to the hotel, had a light lunch and walked around the area where are hotel is on Via Nazionale. Jami...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Monday - Tours of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica

After going to bed early Sunday night, we got up early and met our tour guide - Arnaldo - from Walks of Italy for our tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters. The tour was 3 1/2 hours and was very good. Arnaldo was very knowledgable and we learned so much about MIchael Angelo, the various egomaniacal Popes and how the Medicini's (sp?) from Florence had all the money and basically ruled the Popes, Emperors and others because they had the money. Amazing works of art and so many facts about the art - for example - the Sistine...

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Jun 22, 2014 - The trip begins with a very long day of travel.....

Are long day of travel finally arrived. We flew Jet Blue from Tampa to JFk at 11am on Saturday. Didnt' realize that Jet Blue has it own separate airside at JFK and it seems to be the only airside not connected to the others. So we had to exit and take airtrain over to American Airlines airside which meant going back thru security. A hassle for sure but luckily we had 3 1/2 hours before our American flight to London. We finally made it over to American and they said my carry on rolling bag was too big. Even though this is the same bag I take...

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Oct 10, 2012 - Roma, Colosseum

The day starts with a nice cool morning walk to the colosseo got into the ticket line at 08:00 am not a big line yet so was able to get in very soon after the gates opened at 08:30. This is one of the must see places in Roma wow what a building to walk around, would liked to have done the underground part but that is by tour group only and would have to wait 4 hours for it to start. Leaving the colosseo it is off to the roman forum ruins next to the colosseo great time exploring the old building of the roman empire spending about 3 hours...

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Oct 7, 2012 - All roads lead to Roma

All roads lead to Roma and here I am on my way to Roma (Rome), wow I leave Venice this morning by fast train only 5 stops to Roma and at times we are going 247 KM per hour. Get into Roma at 13:00pm walk to my hotel there was a problem with rooms so I was moved to another hotel a few blocks away a class above the first one (nice). Got checked in then out to explore some of the city, a walk takes me to the Foro Traiano area where I get my first view of the Colosseo (colosseum) and the Roman Forum from the top of the city building, watched the...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Operation Sleep

I think that my decision to sleep as much as I can this week to battle sickness has really helped. Though, It has hindered my abilities to prepare for my upcoming trip to London tomorrow morning and to prepare for the loads of homework coming up in the next few weeks. I leave tomorrow morning at 6 am for my trip to London. Its SO early! This means that I again need to wake up at the crazy hour of 3 am to catch a bus to Termini and then another bus to the airport to get there on time... Thats sooooo early! And interrupts my operation sleep...

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Nov 15, 2010 - And Sick Again

I had to get up this morning for my Italian class. That was not fun. I went to bed early and still it felt like I had only slept for an hour. Then as my class went on, I started getting sick. So, I went home and took a three hour nap hoping that would help but it didnt. I went to a cultural exchange today, mostly for the free food. I was so out of it though that it didnt really help. I understand Italian pretty well and can speak little bits and pieces but cannot form sentences for the life of me... Also, it was hard because I was so tired...

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Nov 14, 2010 - Exhaustion

Needless to say, Delia and I both slept like rocks for the 3 hours that we could sleep. Our plane had an early departure so we were like zombies on the way to the airport on the metro. Once we got to the airport, I really needed something to eat but I only had a 20 so I ended up buying a "Madrid" bag. its a little bag that goes over one shoulder, they are very popular in Europe and I thought It would be great for traveling. On the plane I passed out and woke up just before we started to decent for landing. Again, we flew over Rome and I...

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Nov 10, 2010 - Voy a Madrid Manana!

Tomorrow morning I leave for Madrid with Delia to see my favorite American DJ, Steve Aoki! I am soooooooo excited. The thing I an NOT excited about is the 6 AM plane flight. ew gross. Better go to bed like NOW. Too bad I have to pack yet... haha The last two days it has been raining! and Ive only had one class because my art class was canceled yesterday. So what did I do but take a nap and do nothing. I did study for a bit!! Last night Delia and I went out for a hot chocolate again and ended up getting a pizza and gelato. The hot chocolate...

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Nov 8, 2010 - Rock Star

So, I got my hair cut at Contessa Rockhair on saturday and I LOVE IT!!! I told them to do whatever they thought would look the best. I now have red-ish hair with some blond highlights and a style that I love and is so easy to do. I want to get my hair done there all the time! It wasnt that expensive either, totally worth it. I have Rock-star hair!! haha Saturday night Delia and I went out in the same area as Friday and ended up at the same place we were on Friday (on friday we went to a bunch of places, one of my fav's was this place...

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Nov 6, 2010 - Anticipating Hair Cut!

Today I am getting my hair cut!!!!!!!!! I found a place that does "trendy and hip" haircuts and I think I am just going to let him do whatever to my hair. Its just hair, and if I dont like it, I can always re-dye it and itll grow out by the time I get back and then I can go to Jayme-Lynn (My haidresser at home) and have her fix it. I just need a cut really bad! So yesterday I did nothing all day... I laied around in my PJs. Oh wait, I did some reading for school. (I did homework! Arent you proud!?!) Then my friend came over and kicked my...

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Nov 5, 2010 - Sun Worshiper

Yesterday was beautiful in Roma!! The sun was out and very bright. It was in the 70's! I would have loved to lay in the sun all day but I had to go to a make-up class. After class we headed over to the school and we did an excursion. The colosseum in 3D. It was pretty cool, kinda cheezy but free and fun! We went through this tunel that was supposed to resemble the tunnel that gladiators took to get to the colosseum. then we entered this room with a glass floor and fake tiles under our feet. At one point the lights went out and it was dark....

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