Italy recap: Day 1 (travel, arrival in Rome)

We’re back from Italy! There will be many posts about the trip. This is one of them.

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Saturday, somewhere over NYC, 5:30 PM Austin time

We’re on our way to Italy! The first flight to Atlanta was pretty uneventful, and we had a bit of time in the airport to eat lunch (Arby’s!) and walk around some. That is one big airport!

Unfortunately, we didn’t get assigned seats on this flight – I tried to choose them last week but Orbitz’s website errored out and wouldn’t let me. So I’m sitting right behind a bulkhead, which means I don’t get to put my backpack at my feet, which I hate. Also, David’s sitting way in the back of the plane and we couldn’t get people to switch. Oh well. I thought I didn’t have a personal TV at first (since there’s no seat in front of me), but it turns out I do.

The plan was to be tired today so we could sleep on the plane. Unfortunately, I don’t sleep well on planes and now that I’m here I’m kind of excited, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to be exhausted “tomorrow”. Also, I bought a ton of Kindle books so I feel like I should be reading, but instead of that or sleeping I’m watching “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”. Oh well – vacation!

Sunday, 9 PM

Yup – exhausted today. But things generally went well. We landed in Rome, and after waiting half an hour for our bags we stopped in the airport for some breakfast – one of the nice parts of not having a schedule today is we didn’t have to rush to our hotel. We took the express train to Termini (the main train station) and then the subway to our hotel. Sadly, Termini is under construction and it took a ludicrous amount of walking to get down to the Metro. Pretty sure six distinct escalators were involved. All told we walked more than two miles by the time we got to our hotel, which is small but nice.

Took a short nap and then I realized I was feeling pretty bad, probably because I was tired, hungry, and thirsty. Got lunch at a place right around the corner – I guess this is a touristy area (Piazza Barberini) because there are tons of restaurants around. Walked to an ancient art museum, but it was mostly closed. So we decided to make the trek out to a modern art museum, which involved a lot more walking than we had anticipated – hopefully the four hour Vatican museum tour tomorrow goes OK! Also, apparently in Rome “modern art” means 1800 and later. Came back and had a pizza and wine and gelato for dinner. Now: bed!

I’m been dizzy on and off today, which happened the last time I took an overseas trip (Germany in 2010). Hopefully sleep will cure it…

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