Trip Start Apr 05, 2013
Trip End May 15, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rome is amazing! 
 Yesterday we arrived at the apartment we booked, it is way better then we expected. It's really quaint and very Italian. I particularly love the old brick ceilings and marble steps. Outside we have a romantic little patio surrounded by neighboring old Italian buildings. Italy is very beautiful, even the older run down buildings are cool, if you can ignore the graffiti, most buildings that aren't in the very center of Rome are covered in the stuff. Once we got to our apartment we were greeted by the landlord, who is a really nice guy. He was kind enough to make a map for us, detailing everything we might need to see or go to. After settling in, we went down the road, to the Colosseum. It's literally a two minute walk from our front door. Along the way there are several cute little Italian restaurants and cafes. We were thankful we had bought Roma passes, which are only 30 euros, they saved us a forty minute wait in the line, and we just walked through, easy as that. The Colosseum was truly amazing, one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. Je'maine and I struggled to remember what we had learnt about it in classics, but luckily there were tour groups and information posters all over the place. It was pretty cool reading about all the stuff knowing it had happened right there. Did you know that most gladiators were forced into fighting? They were either criminals, slaves, or people who had been sentenced to death for some reason or another, only a few ever volunteered to participate. At one point people who were sentenced to death, were made to die by animal attack, while everyone watched. Some poor guy would be pushed in there with a starving bear or lion and eaten. Personally I would rather that then be forced to 'dance', they would cover the guy in flammable oil and set him alight, making him run around and all that, eventually burning him alive. Gross but still cool. Afterwards we went and saw the arch of Constantine, it was so big and beautiful, photos don't do it justice!  

Today, we woke up at 6am and made our way to the cemetery of the Capuchin brothers, along the way we ran into a perverted gladiator, they want 5 euros for one picture, so we knew not to go near them, however this one said he would do one for free, I regret it very much. Between filthy comments and blatant boob stares we managed to get a photo, he kissed me on the cheek and it was horrible, it was so loud and it gave me shivers, the bad kind. He then demanded money so we ran. Once we arrived at the Capuchin cemetery (6 euros) we walked around the little museum and made our way down to the best part, the bones! The walls were covered in bones, which were decorated in all sorts of patterns, there was a wall made of pelvic bones, there were mummies, even the chandeliers were made of bones, there must have been at least a thousand people in there, well peoples bones at least, it was kind of disturbing, but still cool. I wish I had photos, but we weren't allowed to take any. After that we went to the Trevi fountain, it was very busy there, but we managed to throw a coin in and get a few photos, it was amazing! Je'maine was pretty savvy with the map, it took a while but she managed to get us everywhere we wanted to go to, her secret was to read the map upside down. There are so many clothing stores around, clothing lovers would be in heaven here. 
After the fountain (which I forgot to make a wish at) we found the Pantheon, it was so big, and it was so amazing, all the information we learnt about it's architecture in school finally came to use. It was breathtaking, but the place that took the cake was the Sistine chapel, it was perfect, I liked it more then I liked the Colosseum, Je'maine and I could have stayed there all day. The detail on everything was incredible, the gold ceilings were so beautiful, my neck hurt from staring at it. Ahh, if we aren't too busy tomorrow we will have to go back. It's been a long day, and we are pretty tired from all the walking, but we still managed to make dinner, Je'maine can't get over how delicious Italian food is, she loves her pasta, thankfully not the garlic kind. 

On a side note, we sat in the koru lounge at the LA airport with Robbie Williams, luckily I didn't realize it was him until last night, otherwise Je'maine and I probably would have sung his songs to him or something. 
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