Easter in Rome

Trip Start Feb 23, 2010
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Trip End Jun 21, 2010


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! We just got back last night from Rome for our Easter break and what an experience that was!

To start it off, we were in the airport on Thursday and this guy that we had met the night before came up to us and asked where we were going. (This guy is in charge of planning ERASMUS parties, and so that's where we met him). Turns out he is from Rome and was going home to spend Easter with his family and we were on the same flight to and from there. It was awesome because his mom took us to and from the airport as well, what a super nice lady!

We arrive later Thursday night so we went out to eat then called it a night. Unfortunately my first impression of Rome wasn’t very good. It was dirty (trash and graffiti everywhere), it smelled bad, and people everywhere heckling you to buy stuff. These people were soo annoying and would not leave you alone. One guy tried to give me a rose and after telling him no 3 times he pretty much forced it into my hand, so I took it an walked away. But of course he said "Mam!" and rubbed his fingers indicated he wanted money for it. I was soo annoyed I pretty much shoved it in his face and said “I don’t want one!!” They don’t leave you alone even after you say no, it’s terrible. Fortunately, as far as the trash and smell goes, it was better the next few days when we got into the tourist areas and the ruins, they keep all of this nice and neat.

So Friday and Saturday we went on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Rome. It was really nice because we were able to get off and spend as much time at each place as we wanted to and then just get back on and ride for a while. Of course our first and probably longest stop was the Colosseum. What an amazing thing to actually experience in person. I was just fascinated the entire time. It’s soo neat to think that these ruins are over 3,000 years old and still soo much of them standing. I can’t even describe how awesome it was, you will simply have to just check out my pictures, even though they don’t give it much justice!  We also saw the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum, the Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and several Piazza’s (town squares). We also spent a lot of time at the Vatican City where we were able to tour St. Peter’s Basilica. This, like the Colosseum, was so amazing. This is the oldest church in the world and I’ve never seen anything soo detailed and beautiful in my life. Again, pictures give no justice! Both of these days were absolutely perfect, weather wise. It was soo warm and sunny, we both have some red faces but it feels good to be getting a little color again!

Easter Sunday we got up and headed to the Vatican to attend mass with the Pope! Unfortunately it was rainy and cold so it was miserable. We would have been able to see better, too, if it weren’t raining because everyone had umbrellas and were holding them soo high no one could see over them! We eventually couldn’t even see the big screens anymore and we were cold and wet so we just left early and took at nap at our hostel. I guess I can say that I’ve seen the Pope and was at the Vatican for Easter Sunday mass, how many of you can say that!?  Other than that, because of the weather, it was a miserable day. I felt especially homesick that day as well knowing that my family was all together back at home and I couldn’t be. That was really hard for me.  

Monday we got up early for a day trip to Naples and Pompeii. It was nice to get out of the city for a day, but I felt like most of the day was wasted. We only stopped in Naples for about 5 minutes to take pictures and then just drove around the city for a while. Naples has a very bad garbage problem though, it was very dirty and seemed pretty run down. We eventually made it to Pompeii that afternoon where we had lunch then toured the ancient ruins of Pompeii. This was by far the best part of the day, in a way it felt like the only thing we did for the day though. We spent 2 hours on a guided tour of the ruins and it was just soo interesting. Some of the things these people thought of 3,000 years ago just fascinates me. They were soo smart. A lot of these ruins were still standing so it was very neat to see it all and walk through the old streets. I have plenty of pictures from this as well.

Tuesday then, Andrea and I spend a couple of hours in the morning walking around, getting last minute souvenirs and sights in and then we were off to the airport to head back to Krakow. All in all, Rome was awesome, especially the first two days. We saw soo much and we didn’t even see it all. Saving some for next time I guess, right!? It was a filled weekend that we very much enjoyed. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention how we had pizza, wine, and gelato every night! It was just soo good we couldn’t resist, not to mention it’s practically all they have anyway! It’s nice to be back, but it’s still not home. The time is going by fast though, so hopefully it stays that way. I have lots of pictures from Rome that I will work on getting up here soon. I also will try, sometime soon, to update you on what’s going on here in Krakow as well. Not that you don’t enjoy hearing about my travels, but I’m sure some of you would like to know how Krakow is treating me as well.

Again, hope you all had a wonderful Easter! I miss you all terribly!

Love,

Chelsea
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