Silence in the Sistine…SILENCE!! – Rome, Italy

Did you know that the Vatican City is a completely independent state within the Italian Republic? They have their own stamps and currency as well as a radio station and newspaper. We tried to take a picture of the Swiss Guards (the Papal Guards) in their cute little blue uniforms but they said we had to take it from behind the gates. At least we got a picture. Not like Monaco where they bolted when I pulled out the camera.

That reminds me: I was trying to get a picture of the train conductors all through Europe and most of them refused. People just told me to take it anyway but I knew that if I held out I would get a nice one somewhere. I was getting desperate and on the train to Roma from Pisa, my last train trip in Europe, I asked the conductor and guess what? He said yes! He even put his hat on Calens head and joked around with us. I can`t wait to show my nephews as they are crazy about trains.

After, we left St. Peters we walked around the Vatican City to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. There was a lot of captivating art here but I especially liked some of the more modern pieces. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a mix of old and new in a place that has such history. I thought that the Sistine Chapel was lovely except for the man than kept yelling at everyone to be silent. Reminded me of 12th grade Spanish class. There was a piece of ceiling missing on the Flood and Drunkenness of Noah panels and it seemed strangely incomplete.

We left and wandered around Rome trying to find our way back to the hostel when I started getting anxious. I talked the girls into jumping on the metro which aside from seeing Bill from Nice again, was a big mistake. It was soooooo packed and unbearably hot! We missed one because there was just no room so when the next one came, I told the girls we just had to plow through or we would be waiting forever. We bulldozed our way on but luckily we only had to endure for 2 stops.

I was tired and really didn`t feel much like celebrating Halloween but we got into the drinks on the terrace anyway. More and more people gathered, kissing parties began, and embarrassing stories told. A few hours later, I was painting my face into a cat and getting ready to go when all of a sudden a wave of exhaustion came over me. I thought I would just lay down for a few minutes….the bed was so soft…I`ll just close my eyes for a minute…and that was my night.

Gimmie a break! It was a really long day! Well, to be honest this is not the first time I have missed an event from to much of a pre-party. So my Halloween in Roma ended a bit prematurely for me but I dreamt I was out partying with everyone. I mean, the dream was so real that I checked my camera because I remembered taking pictures at the bar! So I heard that everyone had a really good time, and I did too…in my dreams.

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