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I've mostly just been walking around because the crowds kind of scare me right now.

On the first day I threw a couple of coins into the Trevi fountain, walked round the outside of the coloseum, walked over to Travastere to buy some books ( any books...god it feels good to read English language books). I also walked round the ruins by the coloseum, saw the circus maximus and the smallest inhabited island in the world.

On the second day I walked out to the New Zealand embassy, found that the Canadian embassy had moved in and spend the next 2 hours walking round the same few streets looking for the street where they'd moved to. I finally found them, voted (lovely experience, embassy staff are awesome) and then walked back and saw the Pantheon, after that I kind of got a bit lost, found pizza (actually pizza is everywhere) and a gelateria with a huge selection of flavours, two gelatis later the heavens opened and a spectacular thunderstorm started.
I walked back to the pantheon to watch the rain falling down through the dome and then got pretty soaked as I walked back to the hostel marveling at the lightening.

I don't know what I'll do today, I honestly don't feel like I've got the energy for the Vatican so the Sistine chapel might have to wait for the next time I'm here, I might go and wend my way through the capotoline museums.

sounds amazing

Date: 2008-11-05 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Rome does sound amazing, it's funny how i always come back home exhausted after a holiday, one would assume you would be more relaxed. well if i were you i would buy a couple of energy supplements and absorb in as much as i possibly can. what is your favourite thing you have done so far?

Re: sounds amazing

Date: 2008-11-05 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've been technically 'on holiday' for about 9 weeks now and I really am exhausted and it's more a mental exhaustion than a physical one (physically I'm fitter than I've ever been in my life)

My favourite thing I think was the ruins by the colosseum. History seems to be around every corner here

Re: sounds amazing

Date: 2008-11-05 09:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
how much longer are you going to be in rome? i just google the colosseum, it is incredible, it looks incredibly huge from the photos.

Re: sounds amazing

Date: 2008-11-06 04:58 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
One of my favourite places in Rome didn't have the crowds. It was the little church of San Clemente, about 400m or so uphill from the Colosseum. You enter into a twelfth century building, and then can go downstairs to see excavations that have revealed previous buildings on the site. Mind you, it is now several years since I went there, but it is too small to have big bus crowds, so it is probably quite quiet still.

Date: 2008-11-05 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think the hardest part of the camino is finishing and making the transition back to real life.. so many decisions to make after weeks of just walking talking eating and sleeping.It can be a very jarring experience. K

Date: 2008-11-06 04:54 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've been home now for nearly four months and still haven't adjusted completely to 'real life'. Hard to see the point in some of the things we make ourselves race around and do after having had months of such a simple rhythmical lifestyle. But maybe that discomfort is a 'good thing'! Good luck!

Date: 2008-11-06 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yeah =), i think I'm going to find going back to work a little hard.


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