Historic Rome!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2003
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Trip End Jul 04, 2003

Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Tuesday, July 1, 2003

From the Basilica, we walked down the Via de Conziliazione to the Castel Sant'Angelo, then crossed a 2000-year-old bridge. It felt neat to be walking in and on places that many apostles and great Christians could have quite possibly walked! After the bridge we went to Piazza Navona, the Column of Marcus Aurelius and the Pantheon. By then everyone was hungry, so we ate at Burger King.

From there we went to the Spanish Steps. We split up into little group and went shopping for a little while. My group was Cami, Hans, Allisson and Christian. After walking down a few streets and passing a creepy lady in a porcelain mask, we came to an outdoor bookstore and we all got some souvenirs there. We then reconvened at the Spanish Steps and made our way to the "traditional" locaton of Peter and Paul's prison cell. There, I started feeling really weird and my pulse was racing. By the time we got to the Roman Forum, I was having cold sweats and my knees felt weak. I sat down in the shade and drank some water. I chalked it off to the heat and rested a little bit while everyone else walked around.

Finally, the part of the day that I had been waiting for arrived... the Colosseum! We got to go inside and tour around. I loved it! I had been obssessed with seeing the Colloseum ever since I saw the movie "Gladiator!" For a little while, I stood on a little platform that overlooked where the gladiators and animals were kept and justpondered and marveled at how many countless lives were lost, my brothers and sisters, for the love of Jesus. I was also encouraged to never give up telling about Jesus. These people didn't stop hundreds of years ago. There's no reason to stop now! Another thing that got to me was that the people we are trying to reach now are descendents of the ones who killed the Christians, tortured them, and turned them in. But we're still here, trying to be an example of God's unconditional love! What a heritage!

We stayed at the Colosseum a little bit and also admired the Arch of Constantine. After that, we took one subway and stopped at a shopping center and ate at McDonald's then got on the train to go back. I sat with Cami, Daniele and Christian. We met an "artist" girl who claimed to be an individualist. She had beautiful, yet strange pictures. We told her about God and why we were in Italy, but she was pretty set in her ways. God, I have such a burden for these people!

I'm not looking forward to getting up early tomorrow. Mrs. Lorei and Heidi are always up too early for me... I'm like, just tell me when it's 30 minutes before we're supposed to leave and I'll be ready to go. Oh well, ti vidiamo domani! Buona notte!
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