09.19.2008 - 09.20.2008 22 °C
We were so excited to take the train. We changed our tickets- so we were supposed to go to the office and exchange tickets The line was so long.. Our guide told us to get on train and pay 8 euros and avoid the ticket office. We were so lucky she told us that-the 11:52 was late and we made it at 12:05.
The train was so easy and everything was running smoothly. When we arrived in Rome it was pouring. We are dragging our luggage and backpacks. We found a taxi line-they were all seedy. Because of the rain and luggage we had no choice.
We had an idea of the cost-and of course I had a map. The meter was running so fast. The driver was aware we knew he was cheating us. He pulled over and said this is it. Can't get car to hotel- walk this way. I would not let kari leave the car until I had all luggage out of car.
I checked the map and he let us off 8 blocks from hotel and pointed in wrong direction. We walked in the rain with luggage to hotel. Drenched and so happy to have a bottle of prosceco waiting for us. It was opened in 30 seconds.
We started our walking tour. I wanted to see as much as possible. It was raining so hard, we stopped in bars along the way-a roman pub crawl. Had a nice time and we were pretending to be guides and describing everything as our guides.
This is the end of my journal. Some know and some do not-my dad has been ill for almost 2 years. He fell ill again when I was in Spain- we thought it was the usual fever observation. Within 1 week, he passed away. He read everyone of my stories and pictures. He was so proud that I was seeing the world. He did not want me to come home. Kari has been wonderful-so has the support of my friends at home.
Thank you for joining me. Already planning my next travel tripjhope you will live the adventures in person. Ciao Julie=