First Morning in Rome

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Ciak Hostel

Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but it's been difficult to find computer time... Anyway, I have since been to the French Riviera, the Italian linguerian coast, Florence (& Pisa), but now I am in the Eternal City. I loved how when I was in Florence waiting for my train, the lady that was announcing the trains in English sounded somewhat like Audrey Hepburn! Considering Roman Holiday is my favorite movie ever and Audrey is my favorite actress, there was something about it that seemed quite fitting... The train ride was quite picturesque, lots of little Italian towns dotting the green hillsides and fields.
I finally managed to make it to my hostel with my backpack which weighed a ton by the time I was done walking from the train station and orienting myself a bit. I freshened up a bit and headed out to explore the city a bit with a guy I met here at the hostel from Phoenix who had just finished a year of cooking school in the south of Italy and was travelling a bit before heading home. He already had been around, so we just enjoyed each other's company. We walked up into the Villa Borghese parks and I attempted to sketch a bit - having discovered that I am able to draw a bit if I can scrounge up the patience! (I make a nice sketch of the Duomo in Florence on a napkin, so bought a sketch book there and we'll see what I come home with, haha!)
After that we wandered some more and passed by the Piazza de Popolo, then made our way to the Spanish Steps to sit for awhile. We still haven't been able to discern why they are called Spanish in the first place... They weren't as cool as I thought they would be, but it was nice to sit and watch everyone, which tends to seem to be the Italian thing to do anyway. It was interesting to watch all the old Italian men lean over to get drinks out of the fountain at the bottom of the steps. It looked like they would fall in at any moment! The water from the fountains around town is drinkable, actually cold and tastes good, nothing like the fountains in the US.
We then went in search of the Trevi Fountain, getting "lost" and running into the Pantheon instead, but it didn't matter since we weren't in any hurry. It was closed and we managed to find our way back and sit on the steps at the fountain for awhile with a nice bottle of Chianti to watch the lights of the fountain come on as the sun set. I threw my coin in of course, so I guess I'll be back... : ) I hear if you throw 2 that you will fall in love in Rome, so I was careful to just toss one! I can't be bothered with falling in love at the moment - haha! (Although I did notice my new friend toss in two.... hummm....)
We stopped for dinner on the way back and I enjoyed some tortelinni with mushrooms and cream sauce. Apparently cream sauce (which is basically alfredo isn't Italian, as my chef friend informed me - they make cheese sauces instead). Either way, it still tasted good to me, whatever it really was! Either that or I was just really hungry! I got up early this morning and should have someone to host me for the tonight and tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes, especially since he lives on the outskirts and there is supposed to be a public transport strike tomorrow (along with some rain...) Anyway, I am off to see the ancient orgins of the city today, the whole really tourist deal! Yay! : )
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