Flashback to the Big Apple

Trip Start Aug 27, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2005

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Thursday, September 1, 2005

Rome, Italy

Things We Did:

Walked through the port town of Civitavecchia

Bumped into two Witnesses doing some public witnessing along the waterfront

Caught a train into the center of Rome

Rode the Metro Line B to the Coliseum

Took a guided tour of the surrounding ruins

Ate lunch at a pizza & hotdog stand

Walked from the Coliseum past Palatine and The Roman Forum to Piazza Venezia

Stumbled down tiny side streets until we found the Trevi Fountain

Caught the Metro Line A from Barberini Stazione to Roma Termini-Stazione Centrale

Caught an afternoon train back to Civitavecchia

Food We Ate:

Hot Dog, Pizza and Ice Cream. The food sucked, it reminded me of bad NY street food.

People We Met:

Patrizio & Mario- While on our way to the Civitavecchia train station, someone noticed a
pair of men dressed in nice slacks and button shirts walking across the street in the opposite direction. But it wasn't what they were wearing that caught our eye (it's true, everyone dresses sharp in Europe), instead we noticed the magazine tucked under their arms. Camille and I were curious, so we crossed the street and discreetly stalked them. When it became clear that what they carried were in fact the Watchtower and Awake in Italian, we stopped them and introduced ourselves. They did not speak a word of English, so Camille used her French and I went with whatever little Spanish I knew, and in this way we were able to introduce ourselves, ask where the Kingdom Hall was, take a round of pictures and get directions to the train station.

The Kids (Tara, Reed, A.J., Allison and Sally)- 5 students from the West Coast. The first 4 were on our plane from Amsterdam to Barcelona travelling together, and we bumped into them on the ship.

Kalani- A local guy married to a Japanese girl from California and living in Florida. He works as a tennis pro. Camille knows his cousin from Kailua.

Mandy- Satan of the entertainment world. OK, not that bad, but she was pretty close. She was the Assistant Cruise Director, and clearly had a high stress job. When her mic was on and all lights on her, she was nothing but wise cracks and smiles. But behind the stage was another story. Overall, she was very good at her job. She was entertaining, witty and amusing for the guests, and at the same time straight laced and strictly business in the background.
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