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Jun 5, 2009 - Roma

Today was tour day!!! We got up and went straight on a tour. We got a hop-on hop-off bus tour so we were able to walk around places. The first stop was the Coliseum. It is amazing!!! That is hands down my favorite place we saw. We spent hours there taking pictures. I cannot put into words how magnificent it is! After that we went to Vatican city and went in churches and stuff. I was a little stupid and wore shorts so I had to buy a scarf to cover my legs. But I got in. Noel and Diana went in first because I didn't think I could get in until...

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A Month Abroad

Jun 5, 2009 - Bella Roma

Naples to Rome Fri & Sat; June 5 & 6, 2009 On waking Friday morning, we found ourselves already docked at Civitavecchia after our short overnight voyage from Naples. I don’t want to suggest that Celebrity was anxious to get rid of all of us, but we had been nicely told to vacate all the rooms no later than 8:00 that morning. For us this meant showers at 6:00, breakfast at 7:00 (along with 2000 of our closest friends) and down to the Grand Epernay waiting room promptly at 8:00. We found out later that the Solstice was scheduled to sail again...

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Jun 4, 2009 - Roma

Rome is amazing! It is so beautiful here!! We got here safely. We got lost on the way to the hostel but we ended up finding it and checking in. Our room wasn't ready yet so we went to a restaurant down the street. It was good food. Then we decided to get our passes for a tour. We got lost on the way there. We asked for directions and found it. Then we went to our room at the hostel. It's a small room with three small beds, a desk, a fridge, and a bathroom. Everything is small. After resting a bit (we are on the third floor of the hostel and...

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A Month Abroad

Jun 4, 2009 - Yea my mommy!!

I arrived in Rome after a 12 hr journey by train from Nice France. I arrived to the Rome airport which is huge and very overwhelming. I finally figured out how to get to the airport and off I went on another train. I was told that my mom's flight got in at 7:45am and I arrived to the doors where the people walk out at exactly 7:30am. I was pretty proud of myself. I noticed that my mom's flight number or time of arrival were not listed on the arrivals computers. I was thinking that I had the wrong info so I found an internet point and paid...

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Jun 3, 2009 - The Vatican

It was off to the Vatican this morning for our guided tour of some of the 8km of Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. We weren't sure what to expect from the tour, as my primary motivation for booking it was to avoid the long queue, which can mean several hours standing in the sun. The tour included the sculpture museum, tapestry rooms, map rooms, Raphael rooms and of course, the Sistine Chapel, the Pope's 'private' chapel. Our guide advised that the Vatican was actually an independent country with 900 residents, many of whom had their...

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Jun 2, 2009 - Pompei

It was up at sparrow's this morning for our trip down to Pompei. We quite enjoyed our train ride to Naples, despite the horrendous weather. First impressions of Naples... Not good but we were weren't here to see it, so we jumped on the Circumvesuviana train line (no doubt named for the fact it basically goes around the base of Mt Vesuvius) to explore the ancient city of Pompei. Vesuvius erupted with tremendous force on the 24th August 79AD, burying the towns of Pompei and Herculaneum in volcanic ash and in the process, preserving them for...

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Jun 1, 2009 - Ancient Rome

This morning we had our 2nd Context Tour, this time of Rome. Specifically, the Palatine Hill, The Roman Forum and the Colosseum, correctly known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Our guide was a local Roman lady, Cecilia, who was an art historian and we also had 4 others in our group – 2 Aussies, an American woman and her freakishly intelligent son of about 8. The boy, who's name escapes me asked lots of questions, which was fine, because most of them were good questions but he did seem uncomfortably interested in the finer details of all of the...

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May 31, 2009 - All Roads Lead to Rome

Mid-morning departure on the Eurostar Italia train from Florence this morning saw us arrive in Rome around noon. We weren't able to find a map or get the GPS working on the I-phone, so we got a cab from the station. We'd heard bad things about Rome taxis, so before we got into a cab we asked the cabbie “quanto” (how much), to which he responded '25 euro'. Lucky for us, our hotel told us not to pay any more than 15 euro, so we told him no way and found another cabbie who quoted us 12 euro and stuck to it! We had a fantastic day today, which...

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May 29, 2009 - Movin on...

After 4 days on the Amalfi coast (my fave part of italy), chantal and i are recently arrived at our hostel in downtown rome, and eagarly awaiting a free pizza dinner in the bar here. This Italy thing has definitely been an experience, and im not sad to admit that im ready to leave. After a run in with the local boys last night in amalfi (where i yelled obscenities and flipped the bird at a group of village machismos), im excited to be seeing ryan tomorrow and heading to a country thats a bit less agressive, a bit less chaotic... and waaay...

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May 27, 2009 - Roma

Wednesday and told initially from the perspective of Jim: You can’t see Rome in a day is a bunch of shit. We saw it all in one day and walked it and almost saw the Pope. We all met up 9:30, which is real early for this group (and I think we were all a little loopy from the night before, especially Geoff). We got to the train station and got our tickets and got the right one only because the Cruise ship gave us directions. We climbed aboard the only train there and damned near fell asleep. After it did not leave for 25 minutes I did...

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Barcelona 2009

May 25, 2009 - Rome, Italy Day 3

Ok, where was I? Oh yeah, getting over completely random food poisoning. So in an extreme effort to catch up on missing an entire day of sightseeing in Rome, I skipped my planned daytrips to Pompeii and Naples. Instead I woke up early (if you call 8am the day after being hospitalized early), caught a taxi and headed towards the Colosseum (yes, this is the way you spell it)… in by far the most interesting taxi ride I’ve ever had in my life, and I’ve grabbed taxies in NYC, London, Vegas, Munich and Paris. The cab driver reminded me of Tony...

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Six Months in Europe

May 25, 2009 - How Many Bed Bugs Are Too Many?

How Many Bed Bugs Are Too Many? So this is the question? How many bed bugs are too many? This is what Mark and I are trying to figure out. Take for instance a city like Rome? Everything is extremely expensive and you plan to spend very little time in your room anyway. So when you find a hostel in a central location that only cost 18 Euro a night each and that includes a crappy but edible breakfast and a crappy but edible pasta and tomato sauce dinner and you discover you wake up with hive like bug bites everywhere? How many bed bugs are...

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