Rome is an absolutely fascinating city. The juxtaposition of the old and the new is part of its charm. It is also a tiring city, whose traffic, crowd, heat, and sheer size can easily wear you out. Matt and I have both enjoyed this city but we are leaving it a few days earlier than anticipated since we are ready for a change of pace. Today we went to see the Colosseum (with absolutely no wait time!). It is crazy to think how much blood was shed in that place as a form of entertainment, ugh. Then we went to see Palatine Hill and finished up with a visit to the Pantheon.
Tomorrow we go see the Vatican City; the pope is out of town so we'll have to say hi to him another time but can't wait to see the Sistene Chapel and St. Peter's. We have also taken heed to Shakespeare's advice and have gotten ourselves to a nunnery; we are staying at a convent here in Rome: cheap and clean but slightly creepy.
Lessons learned thus far: 1. Surprisingly, there are a LOT of Italian-Asians. 2. It's generally a big no-no to touch merchandise in stores, especially really nice clothing stores. 3. It might sound like a good idea to be adventurous with pizza toppings by getting wurtsel (hot dog) and fries on it but it's really not.