We were introduced more formally to the city today. After a continental breakfast and made our way to the metro station where we each got our pass.
Following like the faithful little students we are, Steve lead us through the city, telling how to stops work, which way to go and (most importantly) how to find our way back to the hotel. Of course what he didn't tell us was that when we got off at our stop we would be stepping out to a view of the Colleseum! I just about had a heart attack and died on the spot! I know I've seen pictures, I've seen movies of the Colleseum and I've heard so much about it. But nothing can really prepare you for the massive stones and beauty in the Roman ruins! (Although he could have at least tried)
As we walked the city, Steve point out major spots, it started to rain. And rain. And continued to rain off and on all day. After having lived in Florida, I came to a conclusion on umbrellas: most of the time it's not raining hard enough to really need them and when it does... umbrellas don't work anyway. Still, most of the people *including most of our group) either had umbrellas or bought them from guys on the street for 3 euros. I did without. If it started getting more than a light drizzle, somone would hold my camera, just to make sure it stayed safe, all the while I was bombarded by every umbrella man. "You want? You want?" No. I don't want.
There were a few stop offs we made, including the fountains of Tivoli and the main shopping area in Rome. We were set free to explore. I stuck with Ashley and Carrissa. We had lunch, did some photo op moments (where at one point I made them play models) and then we found our way back to the hotel area, picking up some Gelato on the way.
Tonight I was also able to go with a few others back to the Vatican City where we did some more pictures. On the way back it started raining again.
So now I'm dry, safe, ready for bed and best of all... my cankles are gone!
Crashed before I could upload pictures so finished this in the morning! More tonight!