Monthly Archives: November 2002

Big Business – Vatican City, Italy

I woke up on Halloween morning and took a grumpy Calen for breakfast. We drank coffee and ate croissants. Then I went to a fruit and vegetable market to buy persimmons and a banana. I couldn`t believe how cheap it was! And it was tasty too.

We all made our way to the Vatican City where everyone except for Lauren Kate and I went on a tour. The three of us decided to go at it ourselves saving the 30 Euro. So we were standing around trying to get our bearings when a girl came up to us and a read more

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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 conduc read more

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Flood Flashbacks – Roma, Italy

I was awoken in the middle of the night by booming cracks of thunder and lightening that lit up the room like laser show. It was my first (but not last) Roman Thunderstorm! I listened to the pounding rain and reflected on my travels over the last few months before drifting off again.

The next morning, I decided a rainy day would be perfect for sitting around relaxing while catching up on my writing. I said goodbye (but see you soon!) to Calen, Heath, Fiona and Damien (the Halloween kissing read more

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Walking tour of Roman Architecture – Rome, Italy

Today I met Lauren and Kate then went to the fruit market for breakfast. We walked to the Colosseum, yet again. The first thing I noticed, aside from the hoards of people, were the many relaxed cats and kittens lazing around everywhere. Ohhh Carmella Paradise! They get to live here because there is actually a law here that says cats should be able to live where they are born. There are even people who feed and take care of them.

We got to the queue to buy tickets and realized that this was read more

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The Roma Gang – Roma, Italy

I changed hostels for the last time in Europe and have really come upon a winner. It`s called Fawlty Towers and it`s pretty popular so make sure to book ahead. I love everything about it from the colorful paintings on the wall to the cheerful staff. The almost too comfy couch to the jungle-like terrace is a great place to watch the cats basking on the roof across the street.

Most of all tho, I have met some very special people who have made my last few days in Europe quite memorable. Beau read more

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Summary – Europe!, Italy

Where she went…

I will remember Switzerland for the lovely landscapes and the mouthwatering chocolate. Such a cute little country with a quirky charm not to be found anywhere else.

Greece had delicious food and I loved the blue/white architecture.

I will remember being touched to tears watching the Sound of Music on a rainy day in Austria. The nature here was wonderfully rugged and unspoiled.

Czech Republic was a reminder of how tough and enduring people can be when read more

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Wrapping up Europe – Rome, Italy

I am sitting on a plane which is about to take off from Rome. Europe is getting cold as it should be in November. Time is just such a strange concept to me right now. It`s almost as if all of these months have been a dream….but I know I have grown quite a bit.

My last few days turned out to be much fun with great people. I learn that the less you plan and the less you expect, the more precious and special the surprise. Liz is truly a gift. She did all sorts of errands with me in my last read more

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The Peace Bracelet – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Just a quick note to let you know that I have arrived in Malaysia safe and sound. I am at the moment getting a great neck massage by Kiwi Warren. Beven and Warren were the only Kiwis on board and they randomly ended up sitting beside each other on the plane.

I had an EXCELLENT time on the flight playing with all the seat gadgets, watching movies, playing video games, learning Malay (a program on my tv), writing and listening to great tunes. I almost wished the flight was longer than the 12 read more

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Seeing Blind Faith – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I was feeling really lost and out of my element as I was walking around the streets of Chinatown in KL. I visited some hostels and just did not get a good feeling. Beven kept saying that things were “Shocking!” I tended to agree but couldn`t stop laughing at his accent and the context and frequency that he would say it in.

I tried to book a ticket to Thailand but I just could not get my head around it. I was feeling very unsettled and it wasn`t getting better. read more

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Opps! False stop – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I am in the KL airport again but this time I am on my way out. I am postponing Asia until later. Now I am unexpectedly off to Australia! I can`t tell you exactly why but it is just one of those overwhelming feelings that I must honor. I will be arriving in Sydney and then who knows. The plan gets crazier by the minute. It seems even I don`t know `whereshegoes`!

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