Back to the mainland - This time ITALY!

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
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Trip End Nov 01, 2005


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Thursday, September 8, 2005

Hello again!!

Finally arrived in Rome, to get here we had to get on a few light plates from santorini to athens, then athens to rome. Had so much turbulence coming into Italy - twas good! haha :o)

Well, not the best start to Italy. The hostel we checked into was so dodgy. Has 6 people in the space of no more than 4 should be in. The walls are cracking and are dirty yellow, the mattress is stuffed and saging on all of the beds. I got the rotten end of the deal and shoved up on top of the only bunk in the room and it has no bar to stop me from rolling off - and with this mattress - NOT GOOD! hahaha! The bathroom was feral with no lid for a number 2 if you wanted one?? The shower looks like its never been cleaned, its brown from dirst and fungie and the best bit is that this is the only bathroom to be shared between like 25+ people! haha ah geez! :o) - oh and! hahaha oh and the funniest bit was the elevator coming up to the 4th floor where our hostel was - was something that could fit only 3 people copmletely pressed up against each other in it, so when me and dan got in with our backpacks and the lift sagged and we were so squished in, we heard it moaning to try and lift it up - and better yet the cable was a frayed peice of rope pulling us up.... *gulp*

Once out the next morning and headeing straight to the colleseum as we couldnt wait to lay eyes on the beauty - we stopped off at this little place that had all cakes and bakery goods. Had this massive cream bun thing and this pizza bread thing - OHHHH IT WAS YUMMY! filled up nice and fat for the day! haha. The weather was ok - a little over cast but this was ok, as we have a good 5 nights in Rome. Once we got near we saw some other ruins and took photo's - these were the first ones we saw, so we got camera happy! haha little did we know what we were about to discover further this day :o) We rocked up at the 'tomb of the unknown soldier' which was pretty cool and old looking, not to mention how big and preserved it was. After a look we found ourselves overlooking the Roman Forum & Palentine Hill! This absolutely blew my mind seeing this! Looking at all of these ruins trying to imagine it in its original form. Here we are standing overlooking the centre of the world 2000 years ago! A feeling i cant really describe in words - so get your ass cracking and get here :oP We wondered down and walked all throughout the ruins and oared at the size of these things. We wondered around Palentine hill for a bit before finding the exit to be hit straight up with the Colleseum! hah!! Ummm... very weird seeing this with my own eyes. I've heard about this and seen pictures my entire life, and is one of the most advertised buildings in the world - and here i am standing infront of all its glory! You have to just stand back a bit and look at it to take it all in and realise that your actually here... Its a bit bigger than i expected so i'm definatly impressed with it. Wierd feeling though when you look at this thinking how many hundreds of thousands people died here, and not to mention the animals that perished within these walls. Unfortunatly we couldnt tour inside the colleseum as they were on 'strike' - grrr!

A bit of trivia: Back in the day - to keep this horrible acts of death occuring the king used to pay for the event and give everyone free entry.

We then walked for ages passed Circuis Maximus which is pretty much a green park dipping in the middle and you can see some steps going up to a raised centre. They used to have horse and cart races here in the Roman Empire. It began raining a bit, so we found ourselves at some little church where the Mouth of Truth situates. We linned up and had a picture with each of our hands in its mouth. According to the legend - the mouth would clamp shut on your hand if your a liar! hahaha so yeah - are you a liar?? :o) haha! Then crossed the river passed the temple of Hercule's (last remining full marble temple) and headed to some other church miles and miles away that we discovered in the backstreets of Rome. At this point i have to say Rome is so safe to walk around, and when your off the beaten track getting lost like us, you discover so much beautiful streets and buildings.

Ok, weather is just going haywire - its pooring down so much outside - getting anonyed as i wanted to get lost more.. Well wondered from shelter to shelter more and found this little market staring us in the face... Twas quite hungry and needed a few things so we went in. Got more soap and shampoo and .... chocolate! haha Well the rain didn't look like it was quit down so off we walked. Headed towards the city centre however... the heaven's REALLY opened up and i sweat it was monsooning here. We were huddled in the doorstep of some old rundown building in some back street. The rain drops were so thick that it felt like hail when you got hit by them! Half an hour went by and it was just getting heavier. We couldnt just spend the night here, and was heading towards evening, so off we ran from tree to tree - the rain stang as it hit the top of our heads and shoulders. By now it looked like we'd both just jumped into a river with all our clothes and pack on haha... Now irony hits in - we could not find one of those guys selling unbrella's which before when it was just sprinkling were everywhere!!! All of a sudden we were all alone in the middle of the Roman Forum! haha was a spookey feeling, but not a person in sight. Completely flooded ofcourse, and was whirlpools in sections of the forum. As we got out of here we found an UNBRELLA GUY selling em for like 5 Euro! so we made a purchase - not that it made a difference now - but was mainly to keep the drops from constantly scorching our head and shoulders. haha weather was truley insane this day! I've never seen it rain so heavy in my entire life! Standing outside the colleseum was hillarious - the lights shining in the droplets flying passed outside was cool. Ran into some other couple in the same situation as us, haha and to get onto footsteps after crossing the road we found ourselves stepping in puddles that we so deep up to our knee's in grotty roman street water! haha "bugger it!" i had a smile on my face!! mmm warm shower was playing heavily on my mind! haha

CHEERS!!!
Clint
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