Rome is huge, and in more ways then one. If the size isn't daunting enough, Rome's history made me feel like an ant in the grand scheme of life. The first day we arrived there from Assisi we saw two major sites: The Colosseum and the Roman Forum. I'm not sure what I expected the Colosseum to be like, but it was ENORMOUS! We totally loved seeing the very area where legends and even movies have come from. Very surreal.
After the Colosseum we saw the Roman Forum, or rather the ruins. Seeing the birthplace of the first true Republic made me think of America. How are we similar to the Romans? Very interesting.
Rome day 2 consisted of waking up early so we could visit the 5th country on our adventure: The Vatican. Although our tour guide was dominent and probably hung over, it was fascinating to walk in the center of Catholocism and to see such great works. Kona and I were blown away by the Cistine Chapel! Michaelangelo was incredible! So many pictures were taken, it's hard to adequatly express everything with words.
After The Vatican we split into 5 different groups and competed in a scavenger hunt around Rome! We had to navigate a map, and ask people directions to places like the Piazza di Espania and the Trevi Fountain! It was awesome to feel that wind in the face, that feeling of independance. Awesome times with friends!
We ended Rome day 2 with a group get together back at the hotel. Not only was this the end of Rome, but the end of Italy, and therefor our trip as well. In the morning, we would be taken to the airport to go home.
Kona's felt like this trip has flown by. Looking back, it seems like our homestay and time in Spain was a long time ago, but at the same time it seems like just yesterday we were pleading with people to donate money to our Summer Europe Trip. We've both put in so much time, sweat, and tears into this campaign, it's hard to believe it must come to an end. $7,000 well spent, undoubtedly. So many new relationships and great experiences. Smiles, frowns, laughs, blisters, songs, and friends.
And all this for what? An experience? No. Try this: a chance to get out of our comfort zones, take a step, and try on a new pair of shades.
Be keepin you updated about our airport extravaganzas!
Colin & Kona