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Rome Day 1 (19 May 2008)

The rain begins....

rain -17 °C

Taking the Leonardo Express from the airport we reached Central Rome at Statione Termini in the evening. We checked into a seemingly quiet neighborhood into our first hostel for the trip - Alessandro Downtown. It was not too bad I thought. Decent beds and showers.

And so begins our Roman adventure. DSC02483.jpgLike Obelix the Gaul, we needed a good meal and Tripadvisor.com old us that was one in Travestere that was nice. Somebody told us you could walk from one end of Rome to the other in an hour so we walked, armed with a map in hand.

And we walked.
And we walked.
And we walked.

Then it started to drizzle.
And then it rained.
And then it poured.
And then it was like heaven's plumbing system went wrong.

Without umbrellas and ponchos, we were like hapless little kittens stranded in the rain. We found a small lil spot in front of a store and sat there, with a few pages torn out from a magazine as our mat. PATHETIC we were. Nobody told me grad trips were supposed to start like this! Wet, cold, miserable and worst of all, HUNGRY!

But the rain let up after about 45 min and we ran to the nearest restaurant for a meal. We ordered a set meal and I ordered some lagsane with scallopini. Don't really know what that was but it sounded nice so it must be right? BOY, was I wrong! It was some beer battered pork, and it tasted very very very bitter! And it cost us 18 euros each! that's like SGD40 dude!

So the rain sucked. The food sucked. But tomorrow shall be better. Or at least I hoped...

Posted by orangenutz 01:17 Archived in Italy

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