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Aug 30, 2009 - We've Arrived!

Just a quick note to say we've landed. Everything went smoothly and we are now relaxing for a few minutes in our quaint Italian hotel room before venturing out to get a feel for everything. It's warm and quite humid here, but absolutely beautiful. Although we are both pretty exhausted - I think the sunshine and our growling stomachs, will lure us back out into the city shortly. More to come soon - including pictures! Ciao.

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Roamin' in Rome 2009

Aug 27, 2009 - Rome

17 08 09 Another day – up early as the last instructions given to me at close to midnight were that we were to catch the driver at 930, make a fast tour of Rome, the boss’s favourite city and then have lunch for a couple of hours, back to the boat, refuel then head the 96M to Ischia getting in “before dark” which is about 830pm these days. I still had to wash and clean and put away the tender and get the weather reports, getting the weather is a very long process involving much time waiting for the page to load and it is a competition...

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Aug 25, 2009 - School bells a' ringinnnn

Most importantly in the past two days, we booked our trip for our first weekend getaway! We're headed to the Amalfi Coast from Saturday morning until Monday morning (we don't have school until Monday afternoon!) We booked what looks like an AMAZING hostel. Someone I know stayed here and recommended it to us, so we looked at it and it actually ended up being the cheapest one we could find, so we got it! It has a ridiculous nightclub with live music on the roof and all kinds of stuff. http://www.sevenhostel.com/ will be my home this weekend!...

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Alyssa's in Romaaaa!

Aug 24, 2009 - Week 1- the Gelato Diet

Being here less than a week, I'm still not convinced that I will ever tire of the phrase "When in Rome." I realize it's overused, some may say it's cheesy, but it hasn't lost it's humor quite yet, due to the fact that I can say I can answer the phrase by saying I'll be here for 4 more months. I don't say this to brag, or rub it in anyone's face; however, i enjoy saying it mostly because I have come to appreciate this city so much in the short amount of time I have been here. Despite the heat and lack of appreciation for air conditioning...

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Romein' Around

Aug 23, 2009 - Colosseum & Trevi Fountain

Today we went to the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain! We wanted to go to the Vatican but the Pope comes out on Sundays, so you have to get there really early or else it's not worth it. We slept in (a little) because we were so tired from walking around all day yesterday and last night. Last night after I posted the entry, Alyson, Robyn (one of our roommates) and I went to Piazza Navona, the piazza by our school, to see what it was like at night. It was actually a lot of fun! It's all lit up and beautiful, and there was sooo many people there...

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Alyssa's in Romaaaa!

Aug 22, 2009 - The first few days

So it's the end of the 4th day in Rome, and I don't think I've ever been this tired or hot in my life! Rome in August is like being in a desert and dying slowly. Romans don't believe in air conditioning (they think it will make them sick, if they have air, which is rare, they keep all their doors open too!) so all we have are a few small fans, which basically means you wake up with sweat dripping your neck after a nap or in the morning. Fun :) Rome is also really dead in August, especially the end of August because the whole city basically...

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Alyssa's in Romaaaa!

Aug 9, 2009 - Rome

Horay, I enjoyed my first full night of sleep.. It's only taken two weeks, but you usually get woken up by the drunks and party goers...plus I've had a lot of drugs that may have helped also. It started out as a really hot morning and it got hotter as the day went on. I don't think I have sweated so much. We started the day catching the train in.. Our friend Sarah is so funny to be around, country girl from New Zealand. She was sitting next to me on the train and said look at that, isn't it cool. I said what, she said the bend, the train is...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Florence - Rome

Departed Florence for Rome. Another 3 hours or so on the bus, so a short day. Arrived at the Vatican, spent a couple of hours there, it was to the most confusing place, no map and little directions. Losts of Italians giving poor direction, and hence we didn't get to the church. We made it through the Vatican to the Sistine Chappel. To me not being a church goer it was ho hum... The weather was extremely hot... and I was just starting to feel a little better so I wasn't really up for over doing it.. There is no time to be sick on tour, no...

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Aug 2, 2009 - Rome in 48 Hours

While it’s true that Rome wasn’t built in a day, I’m a firm believer that it can be seen in a day. Of course, if you have the time, Rome is a wonderful city in which to linger over exquisite meals, wander amidst ancient ruins and while away the day people-watching in a piazza. However, Dena and I are girls on a tight schedule and there is much to be seen during our brief 2 nights in the Eternal City. We arrived in Rome late Friday afternoon and joined the masses on a hot and mostly miserable train ride into the city (welcome to Europe in...

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Aug 1, 2009 - Rome

Next stop on our Italian journey was Rome, a romantic city filled with the world’s most famous buildings and ruins. The whole city is World Heritage listed and it’s easy to see why, everything in this city such as stone laid-roads, old churches or statues creates great atmosphere. However it was very hot, too hot to be romantic. Most days it was around 38-40 degrees, and we walked around the city everyday over 10km, at the end we were very exhausted. But apart from the sweltering heat, we loved this city, and everything that this city has...

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Jul 25, 2009 - Leaving Madrid

The alarm woke us up early this morning, as we got up early to go for breakfast. Previously when we had gone for breakfast we thought that because it was later, (normally around 10:00), that they had run out of food. At 7:30 when we went down this morning, the restaurant was packed and they were out of just about everything. We had a quick bite, and then it was time to put Rose on the shuttle for her trip to the airport. She was flying out just before 11:00 to fly to England, where Aunty Jenny and cousin Eddy would be picking her up. It was...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Vatican Museum to Orvietto

Phew! Did Rome burn in a day?? We have certainly picked a hot time of the year to travel, but feel more acclimatised now.Ali is a whiz at getting our autotickets, so much easier than queueing up! We spent the morning at The Vatican Museums, visited so many more than the last time we were here. The Egyptian Museum was very interesting. There were perfectly preserveed 3000 year old mummified bodies on display. I had not taken in the enormity, variety & rarity of the displays in 2000. Finally arrived at the Sistine Chapel. Ali had an audio...

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