05.05.2009 - 02.06.2009
Well we had a great time in Rome. It only felt like we were there for about a day but it was 6. We went on two amazing tours with this guy named Jason. He is incredible. We found out on the second tour that he actually has an art history degree from yale!! Craziness. But anyway, we toured the vatican with him and learned some amazing things and then the second tour was an evening one of the trevi fountain, the pantheon, and the french steps, yes I said french steps. You can get the full story when I get back. Anyway, through him we found out about this great little restaurant and ate there one night. We had potatoe and rosemary pizza with a pear dessert. SOOOO GOOOD. We took a day trip down to Pompeii which was sooo worth it. We had planned on going to the beach that day anyway cause we heard it was suppose to be hot hot hot. Well that night we were hanging around the hostel and met two girls from Minnesota. Mia and Ashley. They told us they were going to Pompeii and then to the beach. We asked if we could join and woke up at 5am the next morning to catch an early train. We went for 20 hours straight. It was crazy. I was so tired by time we got back. So I got to swim in the Mediterranean sea!!!!! AWESOME besides being extremely salty. My shoulders got a little sun burn and the back of my neck is the color of a lobster but it was way worth it. So you can imagine carrying my big bag today on that sunburn was fun... NOT! lol. Well yesterday we just kinda hung around and we ended up going to see Angels and Demons in Rome. Which was totally trippy cause we had been to Vatican city and the Colosseum and to all the piazza that they talk about and visit in the movie. In fact, I stood in the exact same spot as Tom Hanks does in the movie shortly after we went and saw it. Well we left the movie and went to this AMAZING restaurant which our tour guide recommended. Because the owner remembered us from the tour, we got a glass of house wine and he made us the best pasta I have ever had. Oh it was incredible. Plus an appetizer that was to die for. I even got Tia to eat a tomato for it. It was buffalo mozzarella with pesto and tomato yum yum. I seriously do not think I will ever be able to eat regular mozzarella ever again. I am in love with buffalo so much. You must all try it. So then after the meal, we got a complimentary lemoncello "shot". We wanted to try it cause someone in Switzerland told us we had to so we were kinda glad it was on the house so we could try it and be ok if we didn't like it. Well we tried it and that stuff is STRONG. I am glad that we only had a tiny bit cause I would have been drunk off any more... lol jk but seriously that stuff is strong. It tasted like a lemon head but worse...lol.
So we left the restaurant and went to go use a phone at an internet cafe. I went in first and when I came back outside Tia was talking to this random guy. After a little while I learn that he is from Redmond Oregon so yeah!!! He hadnt really gotten to see much of the city so we took him to the best gellato place in town and showed him the trevi fountain and the pantheon which are both great to see at night. It was fun. He was a talker and he reminded us soooooo much of our friend Kevin. It was great. So what turned into a relaxing day ended up being a long night. We got back to the hostel and waited for the internet where I found out some bad news which made me want to come home but I obviously cant until June 2nd. After getting to bed, we woke up and headed for Volterra. We had to get on a train to Florence then switch to a bus and go to Volterra. Well we thought it was going to take a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to get to Florence. Well I guess we got on the slow train and not the express one we thought we were taking and it took 4 hours. So by the time we got to the bus station, the last bus to Volterra left exactly 10 min before. We were really bummed and I was freaking out cause I was/am super tired and just wanted food and a nice place to lay my head. So we called the hostel in Volterra and they let us just switch around the days and we called here in Florence to the one we were going to be staying at in a couple days. They told us there was an opening for tonight so we came over and cancelled our last day so now we have it all figured out without having to pay any extra which is super great. And we will be on our way to Volterra in the morning. The bus leaves at 7:10 so that sucks but that means we have the whole day tomorrow and Monday to spend in Volterra before coming back here to Florence. So yeah we have had a busy day. Oh I forgot, we didn't leave Rome until almost one so we didnt get here till late and now we are just kinda hanging out doing nothing cause we are exhausted from travelling today. The train ride was extremely hot. But we met this great woman from Nevada who is super active and she is a grandmother and I totally want to be her when I get older. She is so involved. Like she volunteers at a school and she is involved with helping making her town more green. Plus she got to shake Obama's hand!! So I was a bit jealous of that. But she is touring Europe by herself for 2 1/2 weeks. She says she takes a big trip every year.
Anyway, this is a bit long but I am sorry for not blogging sooner. Things get in the way and it is hard to get internet access sometimes. Hope everyone is doing well. We are both doing good besides a few set backs... lol like always. I think we have just learned to go with the flow pretty much. Cause we never know what is going to happen.
Loves to all