Monthly Archives: October 2002

Gelati and Touristy Things – Rome, Italy

So I arrived in Rome. The train station, Roma Termini, is so huge its like a mall! Wait, it is a mall. There is tons of shopping, kiosk vendors and even a supermarket. The hostel, Freedom Traveller, was kinda dodgy. I found the staff a little cold and I was not too excited about the set up. Jane got locked in the bathroom for what seemed like forever but we rescued her when she threw the key over the top where it literally bounced into my hand.

We picked up two Aussie girls Lauren and Kat read more

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TGIF – Roma, Italy

Ok OK. I am alright. By crazy I mean, very busy. I don’t have much time right now to write but I will catch up in a bit. I have mixed feelings about Rome at this point but things seem to be settling down a bit and Hey, Its Friday! Not that it matters but I remember when I was in the real world how great Fridays were.

So its almost day three. It`s BOUND to get better. I just heard there are earthquakes here in Italy. Sooooo I guess I wont be going south. More news soon…

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Passing through Pisa – Pisa, Italy

I have just thrown out the last parts of my Lonely Planet Europe. All that is left is Italy, which is not to thick. What a feeling to get to this reflection stage. What exquisite memories and people have taken up residence in my heart. I feel it is growing exponentially everyday with each new experience and sometimes I wonder if it will burst! Just when I thought I was at capacity, another days smiles stretch it to new levels.

I am so happy to have met Anne who has just done a complete 18 read more

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Just Breathe – Riomaggiore – Cinque Terre, Italy

I am sitting on my sunny rooftop patio in Riomaggiore. My freshly washed laundry swaying lightly on the line as I nibble on toast with camembert from France and vine ripened tomatoes. I look out beyond the terrace dotted with flowerpots spilling over with pink and purple blooms and notice a lemon tree with what seems like hundreds of plump neon yellow lemons.

I wonder how many species of birds are around here as their singing sounds like an orchestra playing a melodious symphony. Again th read more

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Money-Co – Monaco, Monaco

We checked in then made our way back to the train station where we took a 20 minute ride to Monaco. The palace in comparison to many of the castles and palaces I have seen over the last few months, seemed quite small and more like a government house than anything else. It did have guards but they wouldn`t let me take a picture of them practically running away at the mere mention of a camera.

The Grimaldi family monarchy is still in place here. It seems there is no lower or middle class. M read more

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Nice is Nice – Nice, France

Woke up and got on the train to Marseilles where we changed to a TGV train to Nice. The train was fast and smooth which was completely the opposite of the train I was on yesterday. That horrible ride made me sure we were going to go right off the tracks! It was a much more restful ride today in comparison.

I looked out the window and saw sailboats gliding through the crystal turquoise water. The houses are beautifully constructed cement villas with terracotta tile type roofs. The trees and read more

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Fine French Food – Nimes, France

This morning Liz Paul and Bill sent me off. At breakfast, Paul was telling his comical story of running from the cops the night before, as drunk Irish men do. After big hugs, I was on a train to Nimes. Nevin is our guide and we are 7.

I really need to take care for the next few days as my feet are battered and my head is stuffy. My bruise from the France metro is not healing very quickly which is a sign for me to slow down. I am going to try and do some yoga and meditation to clear my hea read more

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Suprise visits from old friends – Nimes, France

My last day in Barcelona was a good one not unlike most of the other days I spent there. I drank sangria at a bar called Karma the night before and had a nice early night. When I woke up, I spent the morning looking in shops at the wondrous trinkets you could buy. I didn`t buy them tho as there just isn`t room when you are backpacking.

I sat in the square by the fountain listening to my Utopia CD feeling the droplets of water on my back. I passed by a church and went in for a wander. It read more

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My First Game – Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands

Í am sitting in Camp Nou watching a football game – Barcelona vs Locomotiv. Its half time and the score is still nil. Apparently, this is the biggest stadium in Europe but I wouldn’t know the difference as this is my first game. The riot cops are everywhere because it can get pretty hairy at these games.

Right now, there are a bunch of men walking around stamping down divits. I am sitting with Paul, F, Kerry and Greg. Tonight is very windy and cold but people are drinking beer anyway. Everyone around me is speaking in Spanish so I can barely understand. There is this one lady who must be at least 50, screaming louder than anyone in our entire section, maybe even the whole stadium. What a set of lungs!

The flashbulbs are going off like popcorn everytime Barcelona gets close to a goal. It looks like strobelights on one of those crazy club nights. I can’t believe how fast these guys can run through this monsterous field. They dart around like crazy! Every now and then a whole section breaks into some random Spanish cheer song.

The ball flies into the crowd and a little boy holds onto it for one great moment before tossing it back to the field. Now practically – yes – the whole place is singing this Lo Lo La sounding song and clapping and stomping their feet. The energy is electric! I can feel that everyone is getting restless waiting for something, ANYTHING to happen. The crowd is yelling so loud it vibrating the very seats we sit upon.

The goalkeeper just made a wicked save jumping right in front of the ball and deflecting it with his entire body. He jumped and curled right up into a tight bun and the ball went flying the opposite direction. What a collision!

This is an old sport here – there are babes to 90 year olds here. Now Barcelona is over near the goal. There is a player named Jules Ceasar playing for Locomotiv. These guys are really good characters really hamming it up for the crowd. Some really good attempts by Barcelona. Someone is playing a big drum….boom.boom.boom.BOOM….the beat marches goes on.

The whole crowd is whistling in encouragement…now they are clapping in unision. SNAP! A GOAL for Barcelona! The flags are waving frantically and the people are going insanely mad. They are hugging and singing! You can’t HELP but join in. The last 5 minutes of the game was a blur. The energy from the crowd combined with the fantastic show put on by the players make the 60 Euros we paid for tickets well well worth it. Well done!

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Paella and Happy Park – Barcelona, Spain and Canary Islands

I woke up and ate my free hostel breakfast which consists of a tea and crossiant then I got ready to go out for the day. It was John from Californias 25 birthday and he decided he would like to come along on my trip to Parc Guell. In the hallway, I ran into Paul from Ireland who had been on a bus for 24 hours and couldn`t get his locker open. He was yelling at it in a frustrated exasperated ramble. I told him I could help him and instructed him to give the locker a little tap. Usually that will read more

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