27.12.2009 14 °C
The over night train from Vienna to Rome was a worry for us. Catherine and I were in one cabin, while Katelyn was in another. However three people didn't even show up for ours, but katelyn decided to stay in her cabin as a she was with a family and her bag was already safely put away. It was like the worst night sleep ever, barely slept and the train felt like it was going too fast and we would fall.
Rome on Christmas, alot of things were closed. Which we had expected. Katelyn and Catherine were really exhausted and ended up sleeping almost the whole day (i sat and watched vampire diaries since i am now thoroughly obsessed with it). We went out to dinner, which wasn't that nice at all catherines meal was burnt. We walked around to see some sights at night, colosseum and the fountain. We had Gelati which was AMAZING!
Our hostel in Rome was horrible. First they walked into our room while Catherine and Katelyn were sleeping. (Apparently to give us sheets which we never received). We didn't have sheets on our single bed, so the three of us all had to sleep in the same bed. Then breakfast that was 2 euros was just a croissant (as none of us drink coffee). We were ready to try to leave, however decided to wait it out one more night. Upon returning to our room after breakfast, we find out door wide open. We had checked that it was locked before we left. The cleaners were all the way down the other end of the hall. considering our room is the first room you see when you look in, we were not impressed. And then the guy started to aggressive saying "we better find the sheets" coz he personally put them in here. Even though he hadn't as we looked everywhere. We decided then it was time to leave, Katelyn was then on a mission to get our money back and move. I stayed with our bags in a information centre as the two girls went off. Finally we got our money back and then it was an issue of where to stay. We had also been recommended to Yellow hostel, and decided to try our luck there. It was booked out. However the hotel behind was available and wasn't too much.
That day we went to the Colosseum during the day to go inside. The weather was miserable! Raining and Cold. We decided to pay the extra 8 euro for a tour. Which was a MASSIVE mistakes. The guy was the worst tour ever. He spent 40 minutes in the same area, trying to think of different words to describe how the crowd was feeling. After that we couldnt take the weather any more so it was time to go back to the hotel and do laundry! We started drinking in our hotel room, as there is a bar downstairs that we thought we would use. However we never made it too that bar, and by the time we were ready the happy hour was over. Instead at 1am we decided to head out into Rome to find a place to go out. This however was a mistake, as Catherine and I very soon got sick of the Italian men. We didn't end up going into the club, however Katelyn and her friend did. Upon hearing stories from the night before, I'm glad i didn't go out. I dont think i could have handled all the attention. Being Blonde in Italy is NOT a good thing.
Today we went to the Vatican, we decided to follow the crowds as we didn't want to get lost. There was a massive crowd and we couldnt figure out why. It was then, when the crowd erupted that we realised the Pope was speaking. The ONE and ONLY. However he was very small, reading out of a window instead of the balcony that is generally seen in movies. We then proceeded to go into what we thought was the Sistine Chapel. It was not. And when we found this out, and made our way to the Sistine chapel we were like 10 minutes late and couldnt get in. Totally Devistated.
Tomorrow we are off the Pisa bright and early, and then onto Venice. Tomorrow I am hoping to fulfill my Macca's Craving!