Of all the places I’ve been, it remains one of the most fascinating.
Romans have amazing architecture and art pieces growing out of their wazoos and they don’t seem to realize it. I wish I could go for short city breaks in Rome whenever I want.
“We can’t build more subways because we’re afraid we’ll hit some lost city if we do anymore digging”. That, my friend is an actual quote, sort of…but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s true.
My mates and I literally stumbled upon the Trevi Fountain while walking around some suburb. We were pretty convinced we were lost (which our group seem to have an uncanny knack for doing) (we have ways of getting lost that other people can only DREAM about) after wandering around some narrow alleys and high rise building before we heard the gushing of water, we turned a corner and lo and behold! We saw a drunkard pissing into a drain. Na..seriously, it was one of the grandest things I’ve ever seen.
A wonder carved outta marble if there ever was such a thing. It’s a wonder to behold in all its glory. And it does help that we had the best gelato known to man in our hands while we watched the cascading waters (and the tonnes of ignorant fools who were throwing coins into the pool) (we lost a grand total of 4 Euros to that pool) (damnit).
This is where I am going to insert a blatant plug: if you EVER need to request for a last meal (I know it’s only a matter of time for some of you bastard reading this. Hur hur), DEMAND for San Crispino gelato from Rome. I swear I could’ve died happy then. It’s what I would have for EVERY meal if I could go for Rome city breaks.
And that’s just one of the many delights we saw there.
While I was not terribly orgasmic about the Colossium (bite me!) or the Sistine Chapel (bite me and hang me to dry), I was just generally blown away by the whole haphazard “we got more antiques then we could deal with” way in which the Romans leave pieces that are ‘just’ a few centuries old to rot in the open. And here in Homeland, we treat ANYTHING that’s more that 30 years old as a national treasure.
Kinda put things into perspective,huh?
Other fun things we did in Rome? ALMOST seeing the Pope, blatantly ‘forgetting’ to pay for our public transport (a crime that would catch up with us)(but that’s a story for another day), and being singled out by authentic home grown pickpockets.
Yup. Yours truely had his wallet stolen by a pair of impeccably dressed buggers on the local bus. While losing the wallet was a tad inconvenient for someone who is backpacking, it was kinda a blessing in disguise.
I mean for a few tens of euros and a bit of hassle I now have a story that I can repeat forever and ever as a show of my street creds. Now, It’s also a story that will live on in cyberspace long after I’m gone… Just like the stories of the other million bugger like me who got robbed when they went for rome short breaks.
I’ve since grown past that and these days I can proudly say that I no longer bear any ill will towards those 2 fuckers