Thursday 5 PM
We slept in a bit and made our way down to the Colosseum, which is a pretty impressive building. Spent a bit walking around inside – there were a lot of informative displays, which was nice. (Fun fact: for a while they would flood the floor and conduct naval battles!) Afterwards with our newly-acquired bus map we took a bus to the Campo di Fiori, which is an outdoor market. After doing a little shopping, including a Balotelli jersey and turning down some “Bunga Bunga” sauce max, we sat down for some lunch just as it started to rain. Score! The lunch place had a TV showing a soccer match, which I eventually deduced was Inter Milan vs. AS Roma. The channel that was broadcasting the game had literally no information on screen – no score, no “who scored that goal”, no “who got that yellow card”, no “who is being substituted in”. They didn’t even show the final score when the game was over, although it was clear AS Roma had lost.
The WiFi at our hotel occasionally works now, but only occasionally, so I was using my international data plan when I saw I had a voicemail. Turns out it was from ADT saying our burglar alarm had been set off! I tried to call them but I wasn’t able to make international calling work – luckily some friends checked out the house and it looks fine. (thanks friends!) [Ed: after a few more false alarms this past week we had someone come out and fix the system. Yay!]
We took the bus back to the hotel and then went out for some wandering – it started to rain harder so we ducked into a cafe and got some hot tea, from where I write these words. [Ed: and as I type these words I’m drinking hot tea! Although not in a cafe.]
Aside – we’ve seen a few places now a calendar called “The Vatican”, but would be more accurately called “Attractive young priests doing things around the Vatican”. Weird.
Aside – I swear, we were offered umbrellas by fifteen people on the mile walk back to our hotel!
Walked around the corner for dinner, but it’s been a quiet night other than that – resting and relaxing.