The Amazing Race Meets National Lampoon’s Vacation

day 10 gabe…

Posted by glovin33 on April 17, 2008

OK.  so i hate people.  people suck…..And italians don’t want me to take pictures.  So today we did the Vatican thing.  As we are going into the Vatican we have to pass metal detectors.  It’s announced that all cameras have to go through.  I stepped behind a man, set my camera on the scanner and walked through.  His wife snuck in with me and the it beeped. I was pulled aside and sent back through.  Didn’t beep and was sent on my way.  I went to get my camera and it was gone.  The couple stole it.  There is the possibility that it was an accident, but no one turned it in, even at the end of the day.  So they stole my camera.  Older people.  Who would have guessed?  So I losted every picture i took in israel and on this trip.  It sucks! I’m pissed!

Anyway, on to the day….The vatican was cool but I think you could have spent a week in there and not seen half of it and we just ran through.  I didn’t really get to spend the time I would have liked in there as it is just a giant museum.  There were these purple marble sarcafigus’ that were undescribable. Also some new modern paintings that were very impresive.  Wish i had more time. We got to see the Sistine Chapel. It wasn’t at all like I thought.  It’s like 1,000 paintings in one.  I can’t imagine how that was accomplished by one person.  St. Peter’s Basilica was the biggest spectical ever.  It was HUGE.  I tried to imagine the amount of money that it would take to build it, and my brain couldn’t handle it and you know how smart I am.  This was crazy.  Gold, marble, and even dead popes.  Insane.  That money could have done so much good in the world.  Don’t get me wrong, it was one of the most beautiful things i’ve seen.  It just seemed like way too much.  St. Peter’s square was exactly the way I imagined it.  I’ve seen it on tv, so not too hard to imagine.

One of the neatest things we did today was the catacombs.  The early christians dug out of valconic dirt that hardens after air touches it.  It goes 10 stories down into the earth and covers an area of 20 kilometers.  There are over 500,000 bodies buried in the one we went to.  It was cool and so humid that moisture built up on any smooth surface.  If you’ve ever played diablo…it was cool.

I wish we had free time.  I would like to do this city on my own.  Israel was great as a group, but the big city is where I thrive, and I’ve love my chance to just be me.  Go find a good bar or restraunt.  And I miss sandwiches.  We keep seeing places that sell them and they look so good.  But we are with a group and the food is together, so i don’t get to eat at the delis.  Italian meat and cheese.  Italian bread.  Mmmm……I WANT A SANDWICH!!!  I also want my camera back…

OK…we’ll talk tomorrow.  Rome is cool. 

3 Responses to “day 10 gabe…”

  1. Malika said

    oo, sucks that they sold your camera…I was looking forward to seeing pics..

  2. DFJ said

    fuckin people…

    i hear you gabe. I’ve lost cameras before on trips and it’s so… violating. Maybe someday we’ll start to remember to take a pic of our name and contact info as the FIRST PICTURE just in case an honest person finds the camera… Still haven’t developed the pics from my trip to NYC, but soon, then you can have some idea of what we did.

    Does this trip just whet your appetite for travel in the future? Do you think you can make plans (in a number of years) to go back to Rome and re-discover all the places you have just touched on?

    Finally, one thing my Dad said was that when he went to the Vatican is that he got in line early, got in, and just RAN the whole way to the Sistine Chapel immediately (since the line was full of old-person-early-risers). He was the first one there and had it to himself for a whole 35 minutes… Sounds perfect. I’m excited for you to have these experiences, and I hope you’ll be able to share them with us more when you get home.

    Talk to you soon, Jake

  3. Shelly said

    What a bummer Gabe!!!!!!! I would be sooooo mad! At least you can get copies of pictures from your family! I saw a great mullet right here where I work & sooo wanted to ask him if I could take his picture, but I chickened out.

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