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Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Mar 16, 2011

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

16 MAY 2010 - We leave Sorrento and after checking out we walk into town to the train station with our heavy backpacks.  We weren’t going to pay again for a taxi that we paid coming here, it was 15 euro and not that far away.  We get on the train from Sorrento to Napoli (Naples).  We purchase two tickets for Rome at a self service bar and decided if we wait a few hours more for a train it would cost us half the price so we did.  The train station here wasn’t well set out like Rome, it was big and searching for a loo and something to eat was a drama.  This time around there were a lot of homeless people walking around with their bundles of rubbish and a few kids wanting money.  Finally we found the cafe which sold pretty good panini so we grabbed two of them before we headed on the train to Rome.  We end up in a cabin of 6 people which the other 4 speaking Spanish.

We arrive in Rome after our 2 hour trip.  We dart through the crowd and get to the metro station and get Line A on the Battistini (Line A) to Cornelia station.  We follow our directions to exit signs for Piazza Imerio and Via Aurelia and walk down the street to the bus stop next to McDonalds.  We hop on the 246 bus to the camping village. We stand right up the front of the bus and tell the driver we need to go to the campsite.  No offer of telling us where to get off, so luckily Mary notices something and says “is this where we get off” and the driver nods, geez you would think well they are tourists and staying right next to me so I could tell them where to get off but No.  Sometimes Mary thinks “Bloody Italians”, the less they can help you the better but I must say some are very helpful like “Chiara” a lovely girl at our last hostel, BUT they are like finding a needle in a haystack. 

We have travelled over 3 hrs today catching three trains (Sorrento - Napoli - Rome - metro stop) and one bus and just a bit of a struggle carrying heavy backpacks through the crowded train stations.  We get to our campsite, check in and get into our rather cute cabin with two single beds and pretty small but decent bathroom.  Troy organises the clothes washing and Mary is busily bashing on the keyboard typing up a letter to the Italian Embassy for help in regards to our situation with Troy’s permission to stay.  What a frustrating and stressful situation and we need peace of mind that we can continue our trip in Europe for more than 3 months, hope we can. Mary feels a bit better that we have written to the embassy asking for advise. Mary has chewed her thumb nails down to as far as they can go.  Yes I am stressed, upset, pissed off, nervous and can't sleep.  Now that is over for now, we head off to the restaurant at the campsite.  Mary has a fantastic vegetarian salad and Troy has ricotta cannelloni, both great meals and reasonable prices.  The campsite here called Plus Camping Roma is a great place.  Its just so big and so well set out and has great restaurant, laundry, pool, supermarket and heaps of space for cabins and caravans.  It just takes sometime to get out here and its out of the city.  We head back to our room, pack our bags and go to bed.  We get up in the morning to start our Busabout trip.


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