Roming Rome

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
Trip End Jan 29, 2006

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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Had forgotten some of the charms about staying in hostels; you get to meet a lot of new people, and more important, you get to know their sleeping habits! We were kept awake most of the night, because of one girl, who kept on schussing whenever somebody turned over in their bunkbeds. Some people just aren't cut for the life of a traveler. My advice, if any of you should ever meet a person in a hostel who tells you to be quiet all night : tell that person to pack their bags and go home! Life's just too short to let something like a little bit of noise get to you at night!

After a nutricious breakfast we were all good to go explore Rome in the light of day.
I had only two must-sees left: The Spanish Steps and the Vatican. It is still a mystery to me why the Spanish Steps are so popular, it's just another staircase ;) ! -although, if you get a kick out of looking at people like I do, it is the perfect place to do so, because here you have them all in one place: Italians waving their arms around when they lead their conversations, beggars who make you feel bad about yourself, mimes who keep you hypnotized until the very moment where they actually do move ( or simply fall over with exhaustion ), and last but not least, hundreds if not thousands of tourists and travelers from all over the world speaking their respective languages (It is always fun to check just how many languages and nationalities you can find in that crowd!).

From the Spanish Steps it is pretty much a straight line to the Vatican ,or one could just follow any high held umbrella, as you can be sure that all the tour groups are headed in that direction. Standing in the plaza in front of Saint Peters Church, we were surprised to see all the flags from South America. Especially Chile was well represented .We learned later on that they were there because of a particular saint. Unfortunately we weren't able to go into the Church (closed because of Sunday services), and had we gotten in line for the museum, we would probably still be standing there!? Instead we went hunting for pizza and gelato! You should think it would be easy in Italy, but with all those options, it can be difficult to find a place which has exactly the three flavours you are craving!
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