In the train, I met Dr. Daniel Dobrowski (?) who teaches philosophy. I spent the way from Civitavecchia chatting with him, his wife and his son. It was a one hour trip, but it really passed quickly and I had such a nice company. We chatted about everything, from my study, to his speciality...everything! They left me in Rome Saint Pietro (the Vatican train station), where I had to go to Stazioni Termini.
So.. I like adventure! I just came out of the train (10:00 AM), and went to the information desk and took from them a map for Rome. I must say that Rome is not such an easy city..! The map was so difficult! For me, Vienna was easier. I walked out of the station, and spent sometime believing that the distances on the map are shorter than what they look like! I actually wanted to go from termini to the colloseum on foot!! :) Anyway, after a 20 minutes walk, I went to the first tram station, and asked them for the tram that goes to the colloseum!!
There is something I really liked in Italy..I do not look like a foreigner at all there..except for the map in my hand!! In Austria, as Nina of Carinthia, a girl I met in the streets of Leoben, told me that I look like somebody who has non-Austrian parents..but still has been living in Austria! What I noticed in the Italians that they share with us the Mediterranean feelings..they are friendly and you can just spend some time talking to your neighbor in the tram..no problem while in Austria, it is totally different!!
A funny thing happened in the tram. I sat beside an Italian lady--something like 40 years old. So, that lady started to speak to me, feeling that I am Italian! I replied with my well-known phrase, which I actually derived from French in fact, saying "No porlo Italiano!" :) The lady was impressed, and she asked whether I am Greek or Spanish, but I said no I am Egyptian! Out of her surprise, she said something that I managed to get out of it two words: "Visago blanco!"...which is pretty close to what means in French :"You got a light face!" :)) I was glad to change the strong belief that an Egyptian means something similar to what they have seen with Michael Jackson in "You remember the time" song, where we are all look like Magic Johnson, Eddy Murphy, or Naomi! :)
My first stop was the coloseum. I was glad to be there, because that was a place I always dreamt of passing by! :) It is a cool biig old place!
It was about 11:00 AM when I was there actually. I do not know for sure what happened, but I went and passed by Altar, and the museum of Rome until it was 12:00. "This is lunch time", my stomach said! So, after taking some photos, I went to to the city center, or what they call Venice Square (Piazza Venezia).
People I know will say what a stupid! Yeah..you
are in Rome...the city of Pizza and Pasta..or Italian Gilati (Ice Cream)..and
you go to eat McDonald's and McFlurry!!!
Well, because I preferred to avoid the difficulty of asking about pork in the food, or alcohol in ice cream, I preferred to hit for what I know!!
Anyway, I took a long road to that "closest" McDonald's! For my surprise, I found an Egyptian obelisk in front of it, a big fountain, and the biiig pantheon of Rome! So, I was surprised that the pantheon is in front of McDonald's! ..modernization!!! :))
In Rome, the situation is different from
what is in Vienna. In Vienna, all the buses and tram lines follow a strict
time schedule. It has never been the case that a bus did it late! Anyway,
I kept on walking where the man pointed at, and I found a big sign for
the metro of Rome, the metropolitan as they call it. I went to the information
desk, and the man there was really friendly and he indicated the direction
to the Vatican--Saint Pietero!
And..it was it..saint Pietro!
This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest churches ever! Yet, I could not get it because I had my shorts..and you are supposed to be dressed in long jeans or trousers to visit it. So, I just took some photos in its square.
So..since they did not allow me to visit Saint Pietro. So, the next logic step is the Sistine Chapel, to see what Michealangelo did in the ceiling!! That was the so-called Vatican Museum. In fact, I went there to visit the WC!! :) because I thought they would not allow me to visit it because of my shorts..but after using the WC, I discovered that they do not have problems here!! :)) So..cool..I did it anyway! :)
I skimmed through the halls quickly, because it closes at 4:30, and it was about 3:00 PM at that time. So, I passed by all the drawings of Rafeal, Donatello, Michealangelo..but Leonardo was not there (so that the 4 Ninja Turtles..u know!! :)) The museum had an Egyptian section, which was closed (oh....shXXX!!!)..this also happened in the fine arts museum of Vienna by the way!!! :))
I spent some time waiting for the train, and I took the new one..two levels train! :) In front of me, sat an Italian gentleman. He was helpful in telling me when Civitavecchia appeared.
It was dark..almost 9:15 PM. and I was
really tired..sort of searching for my room, the shower and the bed!! :))
I made it, and was in bed something like 11:00 PM!!