I have spent the last eight or so days exploring Rome. The first few days I was on my own in a pretty sketchy hostel.. I tried to take a shower the first morning I was there and the door to the shower fell off in my hand! But the hostel offered free breakfast and dinner, and the wifi was decent, so it wasn't too bad. I wandered back to the Colosseum and stared at it again, and it's still breathtaking. I don't think I could ever get tired of seeing it. The full day I was here alone I got some laundry done, which by itself made me feel a lot better. I don't think I will ever take clean clothes for granted again!
Harry and his friends from school arrived in Rome the next day, so I continued my streak of hanging out with a group of Australians. They seem like cool people. We did some things together, and then when they went to do things that had been part of Contiki, Harry and I went and explored. We went to the zoo! I was very excited, despite Harry saying that the Australian exhibit was not very accurate. The whole group of eight had dinner together each night though, and a lot of gelato was consumed by all. My sense of direction quickly became legendary among the new group, and I found the bewildered looks quite amusing whenever we went somewhere off the main roads. But no one got lost
The hostel the group had booked was way better than mine, so once they arrived I booked a room at the same one. The hostel offered day trips to lots of places, so I went down to Naples and Pompeii the other day. It was a very long day, but it was broken up nicely by stops along the way for food and sunshine. It was a gorgeous day for it. I got some great pictures. And Pompeii itself was incredible. The only part I didn't like was looking at the plaster casts of the children they found.. That was very sad.
I have quite enjoyed Rome. I will likely be back on a future trip.. I can't imagine never seeing it again. If anyone comes with me, I will be happy to point out the most amazing gelato shop ever, and a store that sells a ridiculous amount of flavours of liqueur and olive oil. If it wouldn't be so difficult to carry around, I would have bought quite a few.
Harry and his friends went to the airport this morning, which was quite sad. I've just been hanging around since then, as my train does not leave until 7:00 tonight. I'm headed to Vienna, which I am quite excited about, even though I'm feeling a bit sad and lonely right now. I'm officially on my own, as I think everyone that I met on Contiki has left the continent. Hopefully I will meet some new people in Vienna; the hostel I've booked is supposed to be good for that.
Alright. I'm going to go get some food to sustain me on my 14 hour train journey. I hope the train has wifi...