Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Second Favorite City we Visited!

ROME!!




























We got to Rome early on a Monday morning, our last day before we flew home. That meant we had 1 day in Rome. 1 DAY PEOPLE! Not enough time at all. So this is what our itinerary looked like...

4:00 AM Wake up in Vernazza Cinque Terra
4:45 AM Board the train to our connecting train
5:30 AM I proceed to desperately race around the train station looking for coffee
5:31 AM I find a McDonalds and nearly pee myself with excitement
5:31:30 AM I start hitting my fists against the glass when I realize they are closed
5:32 AM A group of beautiful Australian men start laughing at me telling me they are looking for coffee too. We strike up a conversation and they decided to come with us to Rome instead of Venice and now I am dating one of them and we will probably get married next June
6:00 AM I wake up from all of my dreams to find myself sitting on a train headed for Rome with no coffee and no Aussie soul mate next to me because they actually decided to stay on route to Venice instead of coming with us... Rude. But whatever
9:30 AM We get off the train and are overwhelmed by the large train station and are a little unsure how to find our friend Andrew who was meeting us there. 
9:34 AM We look to our right and we see a man wearing a Rip City Jersey and we realize it's Andrew and almost start crying because we are so relieved. (Keep in mind please that unless we have WIFI we cannot communicate with the outside world) 
10:00 AM We drop our stuff at our Hostel and we proceed to walk to get our SCOOTERS!!!! 
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM We ride around to see Rome via VESPA.... We need to talk about this for a second...

Shannon has a scooter at home so she looked and felt great on one. Andrew has driven them MANY times in Italy and also knows how to get around in Rome. Katie knows nothing. Katie almost hit 4 pedestrians, 2 cars and a dumspter along the way. I was laughing and crying all at the same time. The gentlemen who rented me my scooter looked into my eyes and politely asked me not to crash the scooter. I could tell he wasn't sure how the next few hours would go, and to be honest I wasn't sure myself. But HEY, I did it! It was really fun, it's just a little intimidating considering they do NOT have lanes, or traffic laws really for that matter. It's just a bunch of Ya-hoos out there. But what an experience to have in Rome!! 

2:00 ish PM we gave the scooters back and went to see Rome on foot. The architecture and churches and history in this city gave me goosebumps. I am telling you. My mind couldn't intake all of the beauty all at once. Some people will say they don't like Rome because it's so dirty. But from my perspective it wasn't that bad and it didn't bother me. I was too busy looking up at all the beauty. The quaint shops in town, the lights the greenery. I am telling you I could have spent 2 more weeks there. The Colosseum is magnificent.  I could have stared at it for hours. When we first saw it we were on our Vespas and all of a sudden Andrew is telling me to park and I turn around and there it was!  We didn't go inside which I am bummed about, but we just didn't have enough time. We did see the Pantheon (Roman Temple) which is beautiful and majestic too. I just kept thinking about ancient Roman times when these buildings were the very place where people went for Entertainment and Worship. Just incredible. 

We weren't able to see the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps, but it is all the more reason to go back! I would go back to see Rome in a heartbeat. I feel as though I only got a taste of the city and still have so much to see. The history alone in this city is unlike any place I have ever been. This city is where Paul was locked up in Prison when he wrote so much of the New Testament. People from Jesus' time walked the same streets I did that day and that is something I will always take with me. 

7:00 PM we were headed to dinner at a Pizza place we had made reservations for. My feet had blisters and I really wasn't sure I was going to make it. We had walked MILES upon MILES at this point in our trip. I was exhausted but wanted to keep going to keep seeing the city. The pizza was to die for at this place that I wish I could remember the name of. We sat and reminisced about our trip as we drank our final bottle of wine. We couldn't believe that the next morning we were flying home but my feet were really ready to be done with all of the walking.

10:00 PM We were back in our Hostel, exhausted but needing to pack so we could leave first thing to catch our train to the airport.

Dear Roma,

I love you. I will be back. I have so much left to see in your beautiful city.

Love and that kind of sounded like a threat...

-Kate 

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