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Jun 13, 2008 - Back to Roma

Today we have returned to rome, after a great time at the leaning tower. Most of our adventures have included eating a whole lot of food and touring sights and relaxing. Fran is in heaven, as there are massive amounts of good cheap food to be had...who am I kidding, I am too. We can only post a few pics of the leaning tower today, because we forgot our usb cord and can only update the pics when the internet cafe we go to will allow us to use theirs. However, if you are reading, and I hope you keep it up, we will have access every day in...

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Jun 12, 2008 - Rome 2

Ok, got some things done today. Went to the Collisiem and the Vatican. Probobly misspelled those. Let's face it, the Collisiem is a very old building, called a ruin. It is a piece of shit. Ugly. Didn't pay for the tour. Walked around, looked in the fence, and left. The Circus Maximus, is a sunken field with an oval track. Very dissapointing. Vatican was some what better. The terrorists have won. You go through airport security to go to a church. Sistin Chapel was very boring. I am not a fan of pictures and sculptures of people who have...

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Jun 9, 2008 - Buen Giorno!!

Ok. So we have tried to upload pictures for the past 30 minutes, but the internet here is slow...and it is almost 2am...so you will just have to use your imagination until we get somewhere that has a decent connection. Alas, we are in Rome. We finished seeing the last sights in Barcelona, lugged our bags to the port, had time for 2 fantastic Barcelonian Beers, and then boarded the cruise ship. We had a cabin on 'Quarter Deck 9' and there was a pool, a few bars, a disco and a lounge. We met our first friends - a surfer from Cali, and three...

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Jun 4, 2008 - Rome, Italy and Vatican City

May 19th, 2008 As we arrived in Rome we immediately started with a walking tour of the city provided by Lauren. We had to be careful however as it is illegal for non-certified Roman guides to give tours in the city. I guess there are degree programs and everything to become a guide and they take it very seriously. Our first stop was at the Trevi Fountain where we had a few minutes to take photos and do the obligatory 3 coins in the fountain. 1 to return to Rome, 2 to fall in love with an Italian, 3 to marry the Italian in Rome. I threw 3,...

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May 30, 2008 - Onto Rome

We left Ischia very early in the morning and took a hydrofoil back to Naples. I then traveled by express train to Rome. I arrived about 2pm and met up my friend, Brenda, who flew in from France that morning. We mapped our route over lunch, so that we could take full advantage of our limited time in Rome, and then took off. Holy Canoli! We were truly risking our lives when we tried to cross the streets. The drivers are CRAZY! I don’t know how we did not witness hundreds of accidents – but we did see many near misses! Near the Center of Rome...

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May 28, 2008 - Our Italian Adventure Day 6 & 7

Day 6- "Rain, rain, go away" The roomates were smarter the second night and had the school place fans in the midget hole. The cooler air made it a whole lot easier for us to sleep. We slept in and the other four girls came to wake us up. So we got a late start for our trip to Rome. The Asian couldn't open her eye fully and wondered why. It was swollen shut!! "What are earth was it?!" Turned out, she counted 36 bites on her body! Could it have been spiders, or maybe mosquitos? I didn't get any bites, neither did the Italian Goddess, so it...

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May 27, 2008 - Hong Kong - Rome

In the very early hours of 27 May we departed Hong Kong on Cathay’s Airbus A340. Rows 69 and 70 – you can’t get further back! Nonetheless, we all enjoyed reasonable sleeps and caught a couple of movies, and the 13 hrs went by quite well. Landed in Rome at 6.50am, and already 26 degrees. We were met on arrival and driven to Hotel Zara, a small hotel nestled in a busy area quite close to the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately we couldn’t check-in until midday, so despite being slightly tired and decidedly ‘ripe’, we left our bags and went for a...

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May 26, 2008 - Arrival :)

As tired as I was, I was extremely flabbergasted to have arrived in Rome. As soon as the plane flew over the city I knew it was going to be magic. I had mixed feelings, don't get me wrong ALL of them happy ones, I was nervous, anxious, elated, excited, and I can go on and on... :) After arriving in the Villa Maria we checked in relaxed a bit then went on a tour of the upper Trastevere neighborhood YEAY exciting. At this moment I'm basically taking pictures of EVERYTHING I see JAJAJAJA, unfortunately photography is NOT my forte. i am elated...

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May 22, 2008 - Italy

An inventor named Leon Battista Alberti invented the cipher disk in 15th century Italy. This allowed spies to vastly expand the possible code combinations that they were able to employ. (Allen, p. 9) Girolamo Cardano lived in 16th century Italy. He was a physiscian, mathematician and cryptographer. He invented the Cardano Grille, another form of encrypting messages. You can learn more about this tool at http://library.thinkquest.org/27993/crypto/steg/classic1.shtml. Cardano also inspired future spymasters extraordinaire like Cardinal...

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May 22, 2008 - Rome

Hey, all! Sorry it has been so long since an entry. We met up with our group in Rome, and have had a lot going on. Rome is a big city with a lot of hustle and bustle. We did see the Vatican, though we didn't make it inside and went to the collesium, again not going inside. We only had a very short time there, so we weren't really able to devote much time to any one thing. It was pretty surreal being there, especially in front of the collesium. We all break off into little groups after an optional morning orientation walk around the city....

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May 18, 2008 - Arriverderci Roma!

Hello All! Meg at the keys here. (Thoms busy chillin' with a cold beer on the wide marble window ledge of our room watching darkness fall and the city come to life. I will be joining him shortly) Tonight is our last night in bella Roma. We leave in the early morning tommorrow for Pisa, home of the now not quite so leaning tower. You might or might not have heard from us earlier, so some of this may be a repeat. Dad and Erin, I know you've heard most of this, but its okay, you can hear it twice. Mom, I missed talking to you as you were...

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May 17, 2008 - Rome

We didn’t plan on visiting Rome this time, but as all roads lead to Rome we couldn’t resist! They say a lifetime isn’t enough for Rome, so our 3 days certinaly wouldn’t be. After the usual 2 hours of driving around getting lost trying to find the camp ground we got on the train and headed straight into Rome. Its great that everything is within walking distance, on the first day we got to visit all the ‘semi major’ sites, the Trevi Fountain, the Panthenon, the Spanish steps and a couple of the piazzas. It seems every street you look down...

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