Our first stop was Emperor Hadrian's Villa
. It was so peaceful there and beautiful. We really liked how the Villa incorporated the surrounding nature- everything is built to the land. This Villa was really old so it was a lot of ruins; we were able to use our imaginations though, which was fun. Picturing what the people were wearing, where they were walking, etc. A lot of it was really well preserved, especially the roman baths, so it was fun to see, plus I had learned about Emperor Hadrian this past semester, I didn't even really realize that's where I was going until I was reading the history of the Villa.
After Hadrian's Villa we had to get on the Italian transportation system again to get into the center of Tivoli and we literally waited 45 minutes for the bus to come if not longer, they told us it came like every 15 minutes or so, but no, that didn't happen. In fact, I don't think that I've mentioned this before, but in Rome, there are no bus schedules. Basically you go to a stop where your bus comes and wait...you could wait for 5 minutes or you could wait 30 minutes, it just depends.
We had a bite to eat, then went into the Villa d'Este which had amazing gardens and fountains- after a couple hours there we headed to the train to get back to Rome. We were so exhausted, having gotten out of bed at 6:30AM and walking all around, we were anxious to get back on the train
. Of course though we arrived about 4:45 and the next train wasn't until 5:30. By now we have learned to be patient though, so we just plugged in our ipods and kind of had dazed looks on our faces as we waited for the train to pull in.
We made it home and now I'm just about to head to bed- I came down with a cold this weekend, but am recovering faster than I expected. I think that by tomorrow I will be healed. I am so thankful for this because it's really no fun being sick while you are abroad especially when the place doesn't have any tomato soup to be found!!
That wraps this entry up- I hope that you enjoy the photos, I don't think they really do the places justice, but at least they give an idea of the beauty that I saw today.
Today I went on a little day trip that was partially sponsored by IES. Well it actually ended up being free, because today is some special day where entrance to the Villas were free- that made us happy. The trip was also nice because there were only 7 of us, which was much different than traveling with the whole IES gang. It's kind of funny though because 4 of us were me and my three roommates! There is room for 15, but I know that a lot of people were away doing other travels this weekend. Anyway, we took some "real" Italian transportation, according to one of the IES staff members that took us. Basically it was this giant blue bus, which acted like it was a small car that drove us up to Tivoli. The driver was crazy and I thought we were going to fly off the road or into another car multiple times. It was a pretty ride, despite some of the anxiety of the driver.