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Mar 18, 2013 - Entry 8

The last seven days have been packed with highs and lows. I guess we can start with seeing the announcement of the new Pope. At the end of the day, there was a lot of dumb luck involved. It was cold and raining, and I managed to fall asleep sitting upright in a chair in the living room. Still not sure how that happened. Roommate Sam and 3 others got home around 5 to drop off bags before heading to the Vatican, so I got up and tagged along. There must have been a vote while I was sleeping, because we were walking against the traffic on our...

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Mar 11, 2013 - Entry 7

Having family in town was amazing. While you won't hear me complain about the free food and drinks, having familiar faces around really changes things. We spent much of the week meeting up after class and touring, eating and drinking. We were joined by my aunt Colleen Tuesday. The next saturday marked the start of spring break. We left at the break (or before, rather) or dawn for the airport and boarded a plane for Barcelona. At the end of the day, it's hard to describe the experience. The hostel was out of this world. The first floor was...

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Feb 21, 2013 - Entry 6

Forgot to send out an email last time -- this update has two entries. Long story short, Venice is amazing. We started the weekend with a 7am train ride to Verona. Verona reminded me of Duluth -- a very working class town. It was a very touristy trip. We had tours all day before going out to dinner at 8. Venice was a different story. We arrived at 10am Saturday. The trip was largely structured until 5pm. I would have never imaged that cars weren't allowed in the city. Made of ~190 islands, all transportation is done by boat. Buses, taxis,...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Entry 5

A couple random thoughts that have come up over the past couple weeks: --- meat is twice as expensive here. My love for meat will have to wait -- “exit” and “enter” doors are truly exit and enter doors. The exit doors will not open from the outside. There’s nothing like running into a sliding door to make your morning -- You can buy a lemon/orange tree for 5 euro. They’re 6 feet tall Between travel, work and school, things have been incredibly busy, and sleep is seemingly hard to find. The Superbowl here was incredible. We found an Irish...

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Jan 31, 2013 - Entry 4

Things are finally getting real here. We’re completely settled in, Fabio, the man who makes my bi-daily cup of espresso greets me by name, and Rome is starting to feel both familiar and shockingly small. Finally comfortable with the city, we decided to start travelling most weekends. The group from the U of M is leaving for Florence next weekend, and we’re putting together plans to visit Milan, Naples, Pomeii, Amsterdam, Nice, Barcelona, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Dublin and Prague before we leave. It’s going to get busy. I’m leaving...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Entry 3

I don’t think texts asking, “hey want to meet at the coliseum for a glass of wine after class?” will ever get old. Not really sure where this journal is going beyond some ranting. I could talk about all the places I’ve seen, but so could the first google result to a “tourism in rome” search. So until I leave this beautiful city, I’ll just talk about experiences that can’t be found online. We’re planning a spring break to Barcelona and Southern France to go on a soccer game circuit. We’re meeting plenty of locals. We got our first discount...

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Jan 21, 2013 - Last day in Rome

Last day in Rome, so much to do. Weather not great but ok. Spent the day sightseeing in the morning then found a great pub to watch Chelsea v Arsenal. Last night we went to watch AS Roma play Inter MIlan. You could hear the crowd chat before you got into the stadium. There was lots of singing and flares being sent off. All were having a great time. Off to Bangkok now Ben

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Awesome Holiday

Jan 18, 2013 - Italy - Rome

Hi Today we went to the Coliseum, I learnt that the the gladiators fought on a wooden stage covered by sand, to absorb the blood :o. We also learnt that they would starve the animals three days before they fought so thy were vicious. In Europe Australia's heat is in the top three stories From Ben OOO OOO O O. O. O OOO. OOO OO. OO OO. OO OOO

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Awesome Holiday

Dec 4, 2012 - Last day in Rome

Today is our last day in Rome. And our plans have changed again. After flying from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul and then to Rome, we've decided that flying around isn't our cup of tea. So, we've decided to hire a car for the next two weeks and spend the time touring the length and breadth of Italy. Starting from Rome we plan to drive down to Sorrento, along the Amalfi coast across to Lecce, north to San Marino, across to Florence, then to Lake Garda before heading to Milan, where we'll fly out to Prague to meet up with Sam, Jake and Emily for...

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Dec 3, 2012 - Vatican Day

Today we visited the Vatican. What can one say? Overwhelming in its grandiosity. Opulent in its splendor. Breathtaking in its scope. What more can one say? Nothing, except to say it is all you would expect, and more. While the Islamic Mosques were just as grandiose in size, there was a simplicity in their beauty. With the Christian structures, there are layers and layers of complexity. It's as if each successive generation has attempted to make their mark by adding more complex murals and edifices than the previous generation. Each addition...

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Dec 2, 2012 - Rome

Well, here we are in Rome. Flew in from Istanbul yesterday and arrived mid afternoon. We're staying near the Vatican, St Peter Guest House. Beautiful boutique hotel/B&B located right next to the Vatican on via Ottaviano . Slight glitch when we went to check in. They had us booked in as a single, not a double, and they ere full up for the night. The receptionist, Roxana, made a couple of quick calls and soon sorted the problem. The single room had a small double bed in it which would be OK for us for one night, then we could move into...

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Nov 10, 2012 - La bella roma!

Yes I have returned to Rome. Although this is not my favorite city in Italy the sights are truly unique from anywhere else. My Friday started out with me being welcomed into the group of Filipinos on the trip. I was waiting for Murray and Evelyn to come down. Got my food. When I looked up I was invaded my the female portion of the Filipinos. Of course they gave me the first degree interrigation regarding why a single independent woman like myself is travelling alone. I don't know why some people find this so hard to understand. My day in...

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