Findings In Rome

My last two days in Rome have been pretty great! Going on tours to all the different iconic places and learning all the stories behind them was so amazing. 

But also, there were some things I found in Rome that were particularly brilliant.

I went on a segway tour of Rome. This was without a doubt, the best way to tour anything. These gizmos are brilliant to move around a city where the traffic is ridiculous to drive in, the public transport is long and annoying And where walking is more dangerous than driving. After this segway tour, I began to question the act of walking to get places and see things. I plan to invest in one back home now. Very cool and very fun to ride.

In Rome, there is a street that is literally 2.3km of shops and boutiques. Definitely the busiest and most festive part of town. Lovely lights lining the road! Very cool.

The pyramid of Cestius! Apparently a lot of architecture in Rome was inspired by Egypt. But in particular, one of the kings in the early days was so taken with Egyptian architecture that he spent his own money to build a pyramid as his tomb when he died. I must say it was a rather queer sight in the middle of Rome. But quite interesting.

And you haven’t lived till you’ve had gelato in Italy. Handy tip from a Roman; if it’s genuine gelato, it’ll be served from buckets. Not trays like normal ice cream. The perfect gelato needs perfect preserving. It was amazing. Creamy and bursting with flavour. I actually had something called sour black cherry flavour and vanilla. Perfecto in every sense of the word. ^^

Finally, I had a huge tour of the colosseum. It really is a fantastic structure with such an interesting history.  Since it’s such an over-photographed monument, I’ll spare you from yet another picture of it. But something I found inside the ruins was this block. And the inscription on it brought out the med/pharm geek in me. xD for those who don’t know, Losec is the name under which the antacid omeprazole is sold. I am now convinced that the Romans suffered from GORD and during the shows at the colosseum, there was a stall with this block sign, selling Losec to people. Yep. I’m sure that’s what it was.

Overall, Rome was amazing! I am now off to Florence! Ciao! 

Rome: First Impressions

Greetings from Roma! 

Landed in Italy at 5:30am after the most torturous 26 hours of my life. The long haul flight was absolutely horrific despite my attempts to keep occupied. And the food was awful. 

Oh God. They should never have come up with the idea to have people airborne for 17 hours. It just makes you sick after a while.

Anyway! Once landed in Rome, it started pouring with rain. And has been doing so all day. And the traffic is horrendous. I mean, the traffic here makes my complaints about Auckland traffic sound naive, ignorant and just plain childish. 

This is the view from my room at 6:30am.

It was packed and I have noo idea why. 
And it’s been rainy all day. We had a hop on/hop off bus tour organised today and basically all we did was hop on. The weather outside was so bleak that nobody had the motivation to get off to admire anything. 

And the photo opportunities inside the bus were few and far between with the amount of water splattered on the Windows. 

But overall the city is great. The architecture just oozes culture and history. I get the feeling it’ll be a lovely place in summer. I saw some of the major monuments I will be exploring over the next couple of days. 

Again, pictures are useless, but it looked like this.

Yay the colosseum! Believe me when I tell you that a picture does not do justice to the size of this structure.

Buildings everywhere have that ancient feel. This is some famous staircase. I kind of tuned out when the lady was talking about it. But I was more interested in the structures around it. 

It probably doesn’t look like much right now, but it definitely has potential. 

Hoping very much that it stops raining and starts snowing or something tomorrow.