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Jun 16, 2008 - Rome!

here we go again. i cant find any grammar marks on this computer, so i dont think im going to use any... so eric and i had a 230 flight from eidnhoven to rome. we landed in rome on time, around 430, but needed to check in to the hostel by 630. we already had a shuttle pass to the big rome train station, and the hostel we reserved was only 7 blocks, supposedly, from the train station. it took about a half hour to load everybody up on the bus, then about 15 minutes to get our bags off the bus, then about 15 more minutes to figure out which...

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Jun 16, 2008 - Happy Birthday Lisa!

Lisa is 46 years old today and got to celebrate in 2 countries! We got up and cabbed to the airport where we caught a Ryan Air flight (oh my god, the irish can barely run a country, what made them think they could run an airline). The absolute worst air travel experience ever. The landing - if you could call it that - took two attempts. Once we got off the plane it was smack into a wall of heat. Ciao Roma! The cab ride to our hotel was scary, there are tons of scooters on the roads and even more teeny tiny cars and everybody wants to be in...

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Jun 15, 2008 - Rome!

15 June Took the bus from Forio Port to Ischia Port and hopped on the ferry over to Naples. CARMAR is the bigger ferry that takes longer and cost about 9 euro vice 18 from the hydrofoil. Once I arrived in Naples I walked about a mile over to the train station and got a one way ticket to Rome on the regionale(standard). Arrived in Rome around 1930 and walked over to my first hostel(Hostel Beautiful) and unpacked. Walked around the sleazy part of Rome where bums were asking for change and cigarettes(it felt like I was back in Seattle for a...

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Jun 15, 2008 - Venice to Rome

Leona (ons toerleier) lyk baie sleg vandag. Het gastro opgetel. Dit toer deur die bus. Ek het 2 dae terug nie te lekker gevoel...so ek hoop nie ek kry dit. Dit was 'n laaaaang bus dag. Eers laat middag in Rome aangekom. Dit is fantasties. Was net vinnig by 'n paar sites. Het die Pantheon gesien....fotos doen nie justice nie. Dit is regtig ongelooflik. Ek kon my oe nie daarvan afhou nie. Was ook gou by die spanish steps (nou niks veel daaraan...dit is net trappe). En by Trevi fountain. Mens kan 'n geldjie oor jou skouer ingooi en 'n wens...

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Jun 15, 2008 - Our adventure begins

Quickly into Rome just for the evening. Stayed near the central train station. Our place provided tiny quarters. As a benefit, it was supposed to offer free pizza at 8:30 but when I arrived at 8:35 it had all been scarfed down by about 100 pubgoers. It seems that 8:30 really means 8:30. Quite the change from the Italy of 23 years ago... Had my first of many good lattes so left Termini well fixed. Faye has been off coffee for a while so won't get to enjoy the Italian brew this time...

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Return to Italia

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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