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Roma, Italia

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Can I beginning with something that isn’t related to Rome?! Well I will.  So Cory Monteith died yesterday.  For those who do not know, he played Finn on Glee.  Y’all know how much I love Glee.  Well he will be missed, and Glee will not be the same without you.  Thanks! (:

So I left for Rome, Friday morning and didn’t get there till 4pm that afternoon.  The rides were not that bad.  Also, security in Europe is so careless.  Erin got through security at Rome with a big bottle of water.  What? And I looked like a fool walking through the machine with my shoes off while everyone else had their shoes on. Oh that was fun times.  Well, I took the bus to Termini Station and on the way there I saw the Colosseum!! It is so huge you guys, like so huge!  So I found Erin and her friend Annie (from Mary Wash).  We took the metro to our hotel, the metro was so dirty and so much graffiti! I use to like graffiti and the art of it, but it is over used in Europe!  Like every open space has graffiti! STOP!! Can I just say I got a really good deal on this hotel and it was so nice and had free breakfast! BOOM

We decided to look at some sites Friday night and do the rest on Saturday!   First, we walked to the Colosseo = Colosseum and Arco di Costantino = Arch of Constantine, which were right beside each other.  [I forgot my camera charger, so I only have pictures form my phone, sorry!].  The Colosseum is seriously so huge in person and every place we went they were doing construction on the architecture! But we still were able to see the structures! Then, since we were there, we walked around the Roman Forum too.  Afterwards, we took the Colosseo metro to the Spagna metro stop, which is near the Trinità dei Monti (a church) which is famous for having the SPANISH STEPS.  We tried to understand its importance but there isn’t anything other that it leads to this church which I was unaware of till we saw the stairs!  I just kept saying that I saw the stairs in so many movies, why not go to the stairs!  Then, it was time for dinner! We found this outdoor restaurant, and I ordered spaghetti de carbonara (which is spaghetti with bacon, eggs and black pepper).  It had bacon in it so I was down! And for dessert I ordered terimisu (which is cake- usually angel cake- drenched in coffee and then topped with whipped cream and extra topping), that was amazingly good!  I was so impressed (: !! Then, we walked to the Fountana di Trevi = the Trevi Fountain, Erin heard it was way prettier at night So it was about 10pm and we thought the same; it was so gorgeous and huge!  I had no idea it was actually that big.  We were on one side at first, then we moved closer to the fountain and we did the traditional “throw a coin into the fountain”, which means you will return to Rome!! Let’s try!  Finally, we got tired and took the metro back to our hotel, but Erin got shut out of the metro! I have never seen her so terrified and then the doors opened again and we came in. We laughed it off, but I would have hated for her to be by herself in that creepy metro station!image

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imageSaturday, we got ready and went to the floor above us and had breakfast! It was so good!  They even had Hot chocolate, which I had.  I had a piece of chocolate and vanilla marble cake and a glazed croissant, then a piece of turkey (sandwich meat stuff) with toast!  It was so good, I somewhat got seconds.. (:!  After we checked out we started our adventure with a metro ride from Piramide to Ottaviana , which is the stop for the Vatican City!  So you don’t need your passport to enter, but you needed appropriate attire to enter the museum and other building!  We didn’t make the cut, so we just took pictures of the Basilica St. Pietro = St. Peter’s church.  Y’all, this is where the pope talks and a lot of people stand at the bottom!  It is such a big area!  Apparently, only the pope and maybe some nuns live in the Vatican City!  Weird!  Anyways, we walked to Campo dè Fiori, which is like the Easter Market in DC but way smaller.  It was past noon, so we each bought a cup of fresh fruit! Also, that day was so hot! WE deiced to get lunch then at Ja’Jamma.  We al ordered pizza and this place made Nepali (the type from in Nepal, Italy) and it was so, so good and thick-crusted! The next place is something Erin picked, because her teacher told them about it in one of their italian classes.  It is called  Piazza Novana and has 3 really nice fountains.  The fountains had some great architecture, almost like roman mythology people.  I mean, I never really paid attention to that stuff in high school, but they had fish legs and some were naked!  Also, a lot of people were selling painted pictures, which was pretty cool!  Literally, 3 blocks away was the Pantheon and when we turned this corner we found it and it was so huge!  Fun fact: The height of the Pantheon is the same as the diameter of the dome!  So it’s as tall as it is wide!  It has this huge hole at the top and 22 small holes in the floor for draining when it rains!  So cool, it was built in 126… DANG!  We walked a few blocks north to this gelato place called Giolitti, on Via degli Uffici d. Vicario!  It was so nice, you had to buy the order first then go up to the bar and tell the man what you wanted. There were like 50 flavors and all in Italian, that was fun.  You could get up to 3 flavors on one cone/cup.  I ended up getting Ciocolotto e menta con panna = chocolate and mint with whipped cream!  It was some real mint gelato.  So I literally told Erin it tasted like bitting fresh mint form my backyard and then i saw a mint left in it and was like THIS IS SO REAL MINT!  Fresh out the garden!  Afterwards, we walked down this big shopping street called  Via del Corsotowards the Piazza del Popolo, that had two famous paintings by artist I don’t know but it was so huge and beautiful.  Lastly, we headed back to the hotel to get out bags and we headed for the hotel!  That was such a successful and packed trip but I enjoyed it.

The thing I liked the most about Rome were the beautiful Italian guys !!  No,let me stop yes they were gorgeous but the italian atmosphere was amazing.  There were people on the street and on the metros playing Italian music that you hear in movies! IT’S REAL YOU GUYS!!!  The music is real and the language is so beautiful and way more understandable than spanish!  I’ll probably be speaking spanish in an italian accent all week!  But the Pantheon and Colosseum surprised me with their size!  They were so nice!  Ahh, I miss it already!

The things they said a lot:

  • ciao = hello and godbye
  • grazi = thank you!

All I could think of was the movie Eat, Pray, Love!  I was trying to envision Julia Roberts in Rome with us and enjoying all of it!  Ciao for now Rome! (: