Ashes to Ashes
Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
14Trip End Jul 21, 2010
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We're again in the MEC Hotel, chillin' after another four course meal. Firstly, we hope you enjoy the posted video of our messages home and the beautiful scenery in the background. We started the day with an interesting breakfast; chocolate pie, espresso shots and masses of Nutella. This was the beginning of our first proper day in Italy, as donned by many 'the best day yet'. And now Carys makes her debut as the resident "satyrist":
After enjoying the luxury of not having to pack up our suitcases, we tottered next door to meet with Gianni our flamboyant Italian guide. Only an Italian would wear a striped dress-shirt and white jeans in July. For the next two hours, we travelled around the antic site of Pompeii; possibly the best preserved insight into Roman culture as yet discovered
Next came lunch, where we experienced the thrill of independence and ate our self-prepared lunches in a rocky courtyard. The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the town at our own pace. Now back to Ione for the daily geek-out:
So, from here we decided to take a wander around the site as a group and ended up at the House of Pansa to start. This was the beginning of a mind-blowing afternoon/real-life year 12 Classics recap, as many of us 'Classicists' managed to visit the very sites that featured in our externals. After Pansa, we moved to the 'Casa di Forno' which we so mistook for the Casa di Mr Tumnus (Fauno) until we realised that there was no faun in 'site'. (This proved to be very embarrassing for me, as I began to tell the surrounding people about the features of the house and pointing them out, until I realised that we were in a Pastrina, or random bakery... oops!). After the failed geek-out, we made our way through the Way of the Tombs to get to the much anticipated Villa of Mysteries (This one I did accurately identify) to the glee of a lot of the students
Upon entering the ampitheatre, we felt like gladiators of old, and thus entered into mock fights at the centre of the arena. We managed to survive, unlike thousands of Nucerian spectators that were massacred by the Pompeians at the very same site. The amphitheatre was the final site in Pompeii for the day and thus we headed back to our hotels, content with the amount of sightseeing we've managed to cram into one day. On the way back to the hotel we stopped by the supermarket for the second time, and marvelled again at the difference in culture between New Zealand and Italia. Some of us browsed the marketplace afterwards, where an assertive Carys engaged in intense price negotiation with an unfortunate Italian salesman. Naturally, he caved in to her demands and shaved six euros off the end price
(Carys again). To finish off the evening before an amazing dinner, everyone crammed into our stunning room for a sleepover-style couple of hours. Hair was curled by Rachel, A Young and David, Ione was spoilt by massages from Hannah, Steven and myself, and we all sung along various Glee songs at full volume. In high spirits, we bounded down the stairs, ready to eat and then blog. Cause that's how awesome we are.
In summary? A fun-filled, dust-covered, Nutella-smothered day that really epitomised the Roman culture we'll be immersing ourselves in for the next week. We're once again exhausted, but happy (and full). Ciao for now!
Stevionarys (Steven, Ione and Carys).
-The Ultimate Bloggers + The Newby.
To my Darling Melly, I'm absolutely fine, the volcano did not erupt and no lava monster ate me. I hope you're good and are keeping everybody in line and I love you lots and lots from Aunty Ione.
HI MUM AND DAD AND TOBY AND GRANNY AND ALFIE AND LOUIE. -Carys
I can handwash, so take that. -Steven