Our hostel was small but had a little character. It also made it hard to not meet everyone in it. Which we did. In fact, by the time we left 4 days later we practically owned the place (ask anybody; they'd agree).
Our first night we met a couple Canadian girls who were interested in joining us to go see the Colosseum the next day, so after several hours of sleep we woke up and got to it.
I wasn't sure what to expect when first seeing the Colosseum because sometimes things seem smaller in person than portrayed in pictures and in film...the Colosseum was not one of those things.
The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill were also impressive and an awesome sight to see.
tossing the coins over the shoulder into the Trevi Fountian
We woke up ready to go see the Vatican. We were accompanied by a group of 4 or 5 American girls; new friends from the night before.
Inside St. Peters
(Not a ton of pictures of other places, such as the Sistine Chapel..cameras weren't allowed)
We showered up and then headed to dinner with Dani to enjoy some Italian seafood.
Myself, Sam, Dani and Marsh.
Hamilton proud after the hike up. (Here you go Brooke)
Hanging pre-dinner.Our night ended at the top of the town at the Piazzale Michaelangeo.
While it has been a long time since Andrew and my last entry, we have experienced more than our share in new people, places, and things. We're in Munich right now and I'm itching to tackle some beer and pretzles so this is going to be really short from me.
Rome was so amazing, there were so many things to see and so many things to do. Going to the Colosseum was a life long dream of mine and I totally nerded out seeing all the examples of 2,000 year old civil engineering. I mean white marble used as a course aggregate in an ancient cementaceous material?? Come on! The entire building is obviously in ruins but you can see examples of the different levels in certain sections of the stadium since not all of it was sacked by barbarians years and years ago. Our ticket also covered entrance to the Roman Forum and Palentine Hill, which were both really fun to walk around in. The Forum was just a big market place where ancient Romans chilled out and hung out with everyone. Palentine Hill was a combo of ancient Beverly Hills and all kinds of newer museums squished together overlooking the Forum. While in Rome we also got to see some of the other major tourist attractions, like the Pantheon and Vatican City. The Pantheon looked like nothing special from the outside, but onced we stepped in it was a different story. Knowing about concrete domes, I knew that the Pantheon is Italy's largest self supported concrete down and it's measurements are so precise that people today are still trying to figure out how the ancient engineers made such a perfect dome structure down to the centimeters. The Vatican City was unbelievable, so many paintings, so many sculptures, so F-ing hot. The best parts were when we'd get to art galleries because they were always air conditioned. Seeing the Sistine Chapel blew my mind as well, I saw the actual "Creation" painting by Michaelangelo, and only then did I realize that it's only one small painting in a mess of almost 50 different amazing paintings by that old man, named after my favorite ninja turtle.
Cinque Terre was our next stop (besides one night in Florence, but I"ll get back to that) and it was such a beautiful group of small villages tucked into the cliffs of the Mediterranean. From the food, to the swimming, to the greuling hike, I had so much fun. Andrew and I had our own apartment so always having a sanctuary to come back to and relax in was great. We also hosted a sangria party and Sam cooked an amazing dinner, with crepes for dessert (and my breakfast).
After Cinque Terre we headed to Florence. We climbed to Piazzale Michaelangelo and looked out over Florence while sipping some bottles of fine Italian wine (and beer for me). The next day we hit up the Duomo and good GOD that was a hike. Most of the stairways were just so narrow and once we got to the top I was able to forget about all 463 of the steps I had just climbed because the view was incredible. They say that the "Big 3" in Italy are the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Duomo. Andrew and I have conqured all three while traveling the boot country and it was a good run. For those of you interested in Italy however, and who don't do well in humidity, be warned that Italy is hot, and terribly humid. I sweat through shirts in the morning and gave up caring about it by about noon, knowing that I would be exploring in my sweat alllllll day until i changed shirts for dinner.
I have so much more to say, but I seriously have a date with destiny at one of these Bier Gartens with pretzels the size of my head and beers the size of my arm. Germany plays for 3rd place in the World Cup tonight and it would be a shame if I was sober in the country where intoxication was invented.
Keep it real!