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Sunday, January 29, 2006

I awoke and enjoyed the first hot shower I'd had in about two months! Oh joy! I found my way to the hostel which was finally open. A very young hostel I felt slightly old compared to all the other yunguns there, but I didn't spend much time there the first day anyway. Walking around the drizzly city I was immediately struck by the modern classical feel. Such modern people in such a traditional city! Lots of name brand shops. I was having some issues adjusting to the prices of things, seeing as how I was getting 45 ruppees to the dollar in India and now I wasn't even getting one dollar per Euro. But all in all, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I visited a church that was just astounding. Many of the places you weren't allowed to take pictures in so sorry! I was in Rome for three days. I took a tour of the Colosseum which was cool for the history and gory details about what went on there! The third day was the last Sunday in January and as luck would have it the Vatican's museums and church was free entry. So me and two girls headed down there together. We got there as soon as it opened and walked around the church before getting into queue for the Sisteen Chapel. We should've gone there first cause we wound up standing in line for about two hours! It was alot smaller than I expected and it was all paneled, like it told a story in pieces of the bible. But the one girl told us we needed to stand at one end cause it was painted from that perspective, meaning, that when viewed from the far end all the images were the same size and it was true! Wow! Ok, now I am impressed. We spent the rest of the day walking around Piazzas and checking out myriad sculptures and fountains as there are too many to talk about!! At night we found a bar to go to with some other folks for a beer. The size and scope of things in Rome is so much bigger than anything else I had seen, except for maybe the Taj Mahal. Luckily the Italians lived up to their caffeinated reputation and I was never to far from "Solo Caffé per favore"! I was going to keep count of how many I was having, but after so many your brain short circuits. Heart breakingly for me I was subjected to instant coffee at the hostel!! I couldn't believe it, but it is actually more common than I thought it would/should be in Italy, but that is the price any country pays for living in the 21st Century I suppose. I was kind of rainy the whole time I was in Rome, but it didn't bother me too much. Still I was ready to move on. On Monday morning I headed on down to Naples, which was a surprisingly short 2 hour train trip!
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