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Jan 31, 2008 - Welcome to Romaa!

Okay so I know I have been absolutely TERRIBLE with informing everyone of what I've been doing so this is going to be an extremely long post and I apologize in advance! I arrived in Rome last Tuesday morning. I flew from Dullas to Paris and then Paris to Rome. All in all, travel went pretty smooth. I was on a group flight with other students that were going to Rome and considering the extremely short layover that we had we all made it to Rome without any lost luggage! We were greeted at the airport by American University of Rome staff who...

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Jan 2, 2008 - Rome

We chose to wait until a work day before heading up to Naples and on to Rome. Most of the long haul buses do not operate on weekends or holidays and we were afraid we might get stranded some place. By talking to the hotel staff we found a bus that left Amalfi at 5:30 AM and would come by the hotel about 6:00 that went on to Naples. We got up at 5:00, finished packing and headed for the bus stop. No one was up and the doors out of the hotel were locked! No one was around! What do we do now? We eventually found a fire escape out to the...

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Dec 13, 2007 - Roma

I went a bit hyper in Roma, tourism at a rate that would shame even the Japanese. With only a couple of hours daylight left when I arrived and a hell of a lot of places to visit I thought I'd see how many I could tick off before nightfall. I headed for the colusseum first but got distracted by a big church on the way there, made it to the colusseum, then the Forum and Plaza Venezzia. I thought it might be nice to catch sunset over the Vatican so route marched myself to Castel Angelo or whatever it's called. I can't remember even noticing...

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Dec 1, 2007 - the last day

This morning for breakfast we went across the street to a bar, yes … a bar. (Kids are aloud in them.) I got a sugar doughnut. Then we caught a taxi to Plazza Navona. There was a carnival and craft show going on. My parents say it is because it is Christmas time. It was fun. There were carnival games which in my opinion were more for playing then winning prizes. I got a huge doughnut with, according to my mom, a 12 inch diameter. It had a lemony taste. We ate lunch at Tre Scalini. Then we walked to the Mausoleo of Augusto. It is where...

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Italy nov. 2007

Nov 30, 2007 - strike day

Today there was a strike. The subway and busses were on a strike. We were told the taxi drivers were on strike too but, I guess not. Good thing because we needed to go to the Vatican to see the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. We got a tour. It was full of information but got a little boring after a while. My brother even took off his headphones 15 minutes into the tour. But I don’t think I could have known what everything was without a tour. Then we went shopping for gifts and things like that. We caught a taxi to the Pantheon. There is...

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Italy nov. 2007

Nov 29, 2007 - vatican

After I ate my leftovers from last night for breakfast, we went to the Vaticanfor our Scavi Tour. It was pretty interesting. I got to see where St. Peter’s bones are. It started to rain when the tour was over so we headed back to our hotel to get something to drink and an umbrella. We had another tour to see the ancient Rome ruins. First we went to the Colosseum. It was kind of morbid being where people used to go to watch people get killed just for the fun of it. We then went to the Roman Forum. It was basically a lot of crumpled stone. It...

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Italy nov. 2007

Nov 29, 2007 - "Rome"ing in Rome

Arrived in Rome after a very long flight next to a very annoying person...(not pete for a change). We didn't do much yesterday cause we were a bit jetlagged, just went to the supermarket, which had an awesome deli! Today we just bummed around the city, eating pizza and carbonara, drinking vino and espresso. Petes Italian is getting pretty good! Tomorrow we are heading off to see the big sites. Domani io e' kristen fache la gita a tutti attratzione dia Roma. Thats probalbly all grammatically wrong but that dosent matter. The espresso are so...

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Nov 28, 2007 - holy see

This morning I ate my leftover pizza from last night for breakfast. My family and I went on the subway to the Vatican. We went to the Papal Audience. It’s where he speaks like 6 different languages and blesses us. I only understood about 1/6th of what the pope said. When it was over we went to see St. Peters Church. It is definitely the biggest church I have ever been to. There were even marks on the floor showing where other churches of the world would fit. After, we went to look at the popes tombs. Then we went to find some place to eat...

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Italy nov. 2007

Nov 27, 2007 - hello roma

Again we had a private breakfast since the other guests were not at breakfast yet. After packing and driving to the Arezzo Train Station, my dad returned our car while the rest of us waited for our 11:05 train ride to Rome. My dad arrived with plenty of time to spare. He had plenty of time especially because our train got delayed an hour, and my dad said in Europe all the trains are on time. The European train system has proved him wrong. While we were waiting, we picked out food for the trip. Finally the train came. After spending my time...

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Nov 21, 2007 - Arriving in Rome

We arrived in Rome promptly on time (11:00am, Rome time). Because we had First Class tickets, our luggage was the first offloaded from the plane and we were on our way to find a train into Rome central in no time at all. One of Barbara's suitcases had a handle breakage problem, and we had to improvise a bit... but we got all the stuff onto a train for the 30min ride into downtown. Our hotel, Hotel Canada , is just about 4 blocks from the train station, but that can be a fairly challenging distance on narrow cobblestone streets dragging...

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Nov 19, 2007 - La vita dolce

Need great places to eat while in Rome? There are many but some of the best and worst places we ate at were in Rome. Things I've learned... - Some of the best restaurants are paired with wine shops - Never eat at a place on a famous piazza Some of my favorites: - Casa Bleve, with an amazing wine shop and all the food is made to be paired with wine - Gusto, great modern place with good food and wine. Cheese was somewhat over-rated but meat place and pastas were to-die-for

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Nov 19, 2007 - Rome, Italy

Arriving in Rome, I stashed my bag at the train station and wandered around the streets of Rome until I met up with my host for dinner. Her name was Cristina and a very beautiful girl in her late 20's. Misfortune had run down her path before I had met up with her. Yet, even with loosing her job and working part time gigs to pay the rent, she did not want to break a promise with me. I spent the next day visiting the Colosseo (coliseum) and the Palatino (Palatine Hill) all on one ticket. Several people including me, missed the English guided...

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