When in Rome... Do as Glenn Boyko Would

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
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Trip End May 08, 2013


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Saturday, March 2, 2013

We flew to Italy in the morning and landed sometime around noon on Thursday. We took a bus to the main station in Rome and from there headed to our condo. Our condo was located right beside a bingo hall and casino which prove to be a good spot to kill a few hours over the four days.  Our buddy Drew finished his hockey season in Sweden and decided to come and travel with me for the next month. He arrived at the condo shortly after we did to meet up with us.  It's always great to see a familiar face.  Our condo was just a short distance from all of the attractions in Rome and right across from the old wall that used to house the entire city.  For $100 dollars it really was a bargain. A bedroom, living room, kitchen and another couch was plenty of space for the three of us. 

We grabbed some groceries and beer from a supermarket nearby and were blown away by the .35 Euro beer and the 3.50 Euro bottles of booze. The booze and food was as cheap as or cheaper than Asia, which was entirely unexpected.  We took some time at the condo to relax and clean up then headed out for the evening by cab to a district near one of the universities where there is supposed to be great food.  Walking the streets to find a good place to eat we could really take in all that is Rome.  Block by block there is so many amazing buildings, churches and monuments.  The history everywhere is mind blowing.  The roads are stone and the buildings are old and have so much character, much like Athens. 

The Italian food is exactly what would be expected, pizza and pasta at its finest.  A standard pasta at a good restaurant will run about 12 Euro, which isn't cheap but also not so bad. After dinner our first night we met a group of American girls on the street who advised us to hit up a square with a bunch of pubs, specifically the Drunken Ship.  They were students who had been there for a while so it seemed the best option for us as we knew nothing about Rome or its nightlife. It turned out the place was great... Like a smaller O'Hanlons (for those from the Queen City) and was packed. There was a beer pong table in the back and Doozer and I thought we could go to work. We bought a pitcher, which is the buy in, and waited for the next match. The following hours were pure domination as we ran the table again and again and were soon becoming local legends. Eventually we were out of competition, so we had a couple more drinks and headed back to the condo to turn in. 

The next morning we woke up and planned our sight-seeing. Dooze/Drew or as I call him Jonny Drama, made a great breaky as he did every morning in Rome and is expected to do the rest of the trip.  We then headed out to check out some sights. The highlights of this day would be the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon... Amongst some other amazing monuments. 

We headed back to the condo and got ready to head out for the night. While shopping earlier, a girl who was helping me at one of the shops suggested we go to a reggae bar in this one party district.  So that is precisely what we did. This was such an odd experience. We had to give our names and countries of residence as we were walking in and they put it all into a computer. Then we went to grab a drink and the girl at the bar said we needed a ticket for a drink, so we had to go to a girl with a cash register and order, but there was no menu.... So odd. Every type of booze was the same price, so beers and top shelf drinks it was. The dance floor was a bunch or Rastafarians smoking weed right in the club… I mean da club.  Yadda yadda yadda we hung out there for a few hours and had a good time.  We then headed home so we could check out the Coliseum in the morning.  

At 7 am I woke up by Dooze screaming (he gets scared really easy... Poor little guy).  Cory slapped him on the foot to wake him up and Drewculies popped up, yelled and cocked his fist. Haha. Cory almost took it in the lips lol.  The commotion continues and Cory tells the boys that 5 hours earlier when he asked me to go to the cheens with him he took the elevator down and was stuck in it for the last 5 hours. Lol. It’s tough not to find it a bit funny because we are on the first floor. Hahahaha. Who would take the elevator down ONE FLOOR.  Either way we felt bad for the kid. He told us how when he had to pee he would lean over and pee down the shaft through a tiny hole at the bottom of the elevator. He said he would smoke darts, hit the panic button every so often and sleep on and off.  Eventually he was rescued by the fire department. Honestly ask him to tell you the story of that night because it is priceless. 

We woke up a few hours later and Drama cooked breaky again. Cory fell back asleep and was out like a light.  We let him keep sleeping because we really did feel for him for having to sleep on the floor of an elevator…. Haha still makes me grin a bit.  We decided we would just push the Coliseum forward a day. That night there was a rumour throughout the great city of Rome… it was told that the man… the myth… the legend who is Glenn Boyko would be gracing Rome with his presence.  We went out and grabbed dinner in the early evening then headed to the Coliseum area to meet up with Glenn and his wife Pam.  We had a bit of a tough time finding him so we just looked up to the sky and saw a light from the gods beaming down from the heavens on what could only be classified as a living replica of Zeus himself.  As a flock of the most beautiful white doves parted, the pride and joy of Pilot Butte was revealed.  

The Five of us went out and had a few drinks and a bite then we decided to go back to the drunken ship for some beer pong. Drew and I did not have the fate we did two nights prior as our legend quickly faded and we got dusted by a couple street pong hustlers. We had a few shots, drank a couple beers, walked around, got split up, then all reconvened back at the condo once things shut down. 

We woke up the next day and headed to the Coliseum.  We found a tour group and went inside. The building is marvelous with so much of the original pieces still intact. There are no seats anymore and the stage also does not exist so you can see down into the tunnels where the slaves were kept.  The guide told us about the battles there and how the tigers were used and how they decided who lives and dies. It was pretty wicked.  Then we jumped on a tour of the Roman Forum which was also fantastic. There is just so much history and it is so interesting. Leaning about Constantine, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the role religion played in the history.  It is all just so fascinating.  After the tour we booked with our guide for the Vatican the next day and started walking to a cathedral that houses what is thought to be Michelangelo’s best statue, the statue of Moses.  As we were walking out of the Forum and talking to our guide, we were explaining to him about how he must have heard the news that Gelnn Boyko was in Rome.  We started telling him about the local legend and then out of nowhere up ahead, amidst the rising fog emerged the legend himself.  We all started dying laughing about how his legend is growing with each passing day.  Hahah classic.  We then proceeded to the Church of San Pietro to see one of the most infamous sculptures in the world... It was pretty sweet.  Then we headed out for a beer or two and some grub and headed back to the condo so we could plan our next stop.  And take it a bit easy for the last night there.

Cory left the next morning towards Northern Italy and off to Switzerland and finally Spain and Drew and I had a later flight to Paris and a tour booked at the Vatican.  We said our goodbyes and after four months with the kid it was really weird to part ways.  Drew and I stashed our bags at the condo and headed to the Vatican at a time where there was no pope. We were lucky to be in Rome at this time because the city was really buzzing because of the leadership situation with the Church.
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