A Travellerspoint blog

June 2012

Goodbye, Rome

Hello, Napoli

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We have delayed in posting mainly due to traveling and preferring to catch up on some sleep. So here is some insight on our last few days in Rome.

Moe: Day 5- Luckily, we were able to use Saturday as a chance to catch up on some Z's. Sunday morning, we headed out to a Roman Baptist Church. We went too early for the English service and caught the Italian service. After that we decided to really go see the Pantheon. When we arrived we were a little annoyed at the local who told us the Pantheon was just the area and not the building. I say this because on that Friday, when we went to go see the supposedly non-existing Pantheon and asked the local for directions to the non-exisiting Pantheon and he told us the non-existing Pantheon was a non-existing Pantheon and described the area we were in, we had lunch at a place. And at that place we apparently were staring at the back end of the non-existing Pantheon. So we decided to go check out the front and it was brilliant. Thank you again, local, for confusing us, whether for personal joy or accident, it was unappreciated. Some sad news for our trip, we went to go see the Church of Bones right after the Pantheon and they closed as soon as we got there! The lady rushed us out and told us they were making a quick renovation and it would be open tomorrow. =( We will just have to return to Rome again sometime.

The night helped heal our disappointing morning. We took a power nap and Matt, our hostel mate, invited us to check out where he has been eating dinner. It was a very nice restaurant near the Colloseum and Roman forum. We then walked around the city and bumped into a crowd watching the Italy vs England match. It was amazing just even being there for a little bit. Matt hadn't seen the Trevi fountain or the Spanish steps so we walked to both of those. He was a great guy to get to know. We said our goodbyes and departed.

Pat and I walked to a local pub and after our experience on Friday, we figured maybe a one drink rule should be implied. We watched the rest of the game and bumped into some of the people we met on Friday as well as met a bunch of other cool people traveling. We went to a night pool party and had an awesome time. Met some cool Australians some Roman locals and some other folks from the states. It was a good send off for our last night in Rome, so we thought.

Day 6- Hectic. Traveling is hectic. I remember at the airport, Pat and I were thinking how people were always in a rush for traveling. Just show up early and boom, you're good to go. Well we needed to go to the Vatican before we left Rome so what better time to go then right before we left? We walked to the meeting point with all of our bags because our hostel was out of the way. So we checked out. We figured the hostel at the meeting point would allow us to keep our bags there. Not the case. And we got to the meeting point early but apparently that was just a meeting point to buy a spot for the tour not the actual meeting point for the tour. The actual meeting place was a little before noon right outside the Vatican, across town.... And the only metro that would get us there in time was leaving in thirty minutes. So we booked it to the Termini, I went to go check in the bags since the line was a billion people long, maybe only 12. Pat went to go buy the metro tickets. We rushed to the train and barely made it on.

So we made it to the Vatican! So beautiful. And our tour guide, Marc Anthony, was filled with knowledge. 1100 rooms just in the museum. If we were to spend 30 seconds on each piece of art in the museum, it would take us 7.5 years to get through it all. I would continue to share what Marc shared but my mind would potentially explode trying to recollect all the info. The Vatican, wow. But, we finally left Rome later that night and now we're in Napoli! Home of the best pizza in the world! Trying that tonight homies!

Pat: Hello, everyone who is reading this. On Sunday we walked to a church about 20 minute walk from our Hostel which we read online that there would be an English service at 1030 but we sat in the end of the 930 service which was Italian and we started the 1030 service but they were speaking Latin or Italian as well so we left after 2 minutes after we realized that there were no English services. So it was a good start to the day. Then we decided to go see the Pantheon which two days before we couldn't find. We found it it was very cool to see I am glad we went back, but it was sunday and there was a church service so we couldn't go inside. After that we went to the church of bones which we were told by multiple people its a must see. But to our surprise it was closing as we were walking up the steps to go in because they had to clean for showing the next week. So thats pretty much strike three for us and it was only like 2 in the afternoon and we were starving. So we decided to cut our loses and take a nap and go out to the pub again. After our nap we went to dinner with our Hostel roommate matt who was super nice and helpful. After dinner we went took a stroll to the spanish steps again because Matt didn't see them yet and on our way there was a huge crowd of people at like every plaza watching the Italy England European football game it was nuts! So after the Spanish Steps Moe and I went to the pub and Matt went back to the hostel. At the pub there was a pool party which was very cool and interesting. Overall our day went from disappointing to exciting so it was a good day!

Monday- Today was a rough day as well waking up early to get to the Vatican and trying to get our tickets ready to go to Naples. We were rushed all morning to get on the train to the Vatican. Luckily we made it and it was the best thing so far!! It was absolutely amazing and I am so glad we were able to make it. Then after the Vatican we came back and had to wait at the train station for hours before our train left for Naples at 845. We were exhausted and the train wasn't to pleasant. We arrived in Naples at 1145 and looking for a map to get to our Hostel (that was already booked thankfully) We got there and went to bed. Ciao.

Moe and Pat

Posted by 2DudesInEurope 04:43 Archived in Italy Tagged traveling tired amazed Comments (0)

Craziness Leads to Lack of Energy

These events will not be repeated, we think.

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Moe:
Day 3- This is where stuff goes all over the place. Mixture of seeing some wonders, disregarding warnings, suspicious men in costumes, beautiful women, a boat, breakdancing, and more. It was a very interesting mix of things that it was odd how they all fit so well together.So let's attempt to dissect this day.

We woke up fairly early and smashed on some breakfast. We made some friends from Finland and Germany while we were in the internet room looking up directions to our new hostel. With a general idea of where it was, we decided to set out to see some sites. We made our way to the Colloseum, and wow, it was beautiful! I even got to slap it, touch it, hug it. We even tried lifting some of the rocks nearby. You'll see the pictures, they were stunning. When we were about to head back, we realized we were not too far away from some other things we were planning on seeing. We headed to the Venezia and on our way there, we met Olivia (cough cough pat got googly eyes cough cough). She told us about a pub crawl that was happening later that night. We said it sounded interesting we might be there, but we continued on our path to see some history. We passed the Roman forum, a church that had these carvings (video of me talking about it but you can't really see the carvings) of Jesus and him going on the cross and at the end was a small church which was very beautiful. We stopped in and prayed. We apparently missed the Pantheon but we were in the vacinity of it and found a restaurant near the fountain de Trevi that was so good. Best pizza I have ever had. A bunch of other cool things that we saw, it was amazing. I love Roma!

So we treked back to our original hostel to pick up our bags and made the rigorous journey with two overstuffed bags to our new hostel. After gaining about twenty lbs of muscle in each calf we settled in and took a nap in our nice air conditioned hostel. I woke up pretty late and Pat was waiting anxiously for me to get up. We weren't sure what to do that night and the flyer for the pub crawl was sitting in front of us. We eyed it and decided to go. This is where things get a little fuzzy. We met at the Spanish steps which were beautiful and made our way to the first pub. They had 20 minutes left for the happy hour, so yeah. After not being irresponsible and of course pacing ourself we ended up at another pub where we did not take a free shot and we did not win a shirt for the amount that we did not drink. I repeat we did not do any of that. However, I continue. We met some cool people, Alex, Olivia, Hannah, Stefania, Stefan, Jack, Oliver, Jenny. By this point things were getting slightly fuzzy and we ended up on a boat party. The boat party was awesome, it was near the Vatican and it was beautiful. Apparently "sober" me is quite the breakdancer as me Jack, and this other guy we bumped into entertained the crowd for a little bit before I went and taught some people how to salsa, marangue (thank you Michal Hamilton!) and someone retaught me to cha cha (thank you Stefania!). The walk back was annoying and we got locked out of our hostel till 5am and Pat was such a treat on our way back.

Needless to say, yesterday was filled from beginning to end.

Day 4, yeah, we had a headache from some unknown reason. We also felt slightly sick for the same unknown reason. Had trouble eating. But Sunday proves to be a better day. We may be able to make it out to the Vatican amongst other things. My friend, Matt Robinson, who studied abroad in Rome, shared some places to eat and things to see that definitely sounded interesting. So tomorrow sounds like it could be as eventful as Friday. Thank you again Matty!

Pat: Well there is only one way to say this I got a little too intoxicated last night. Yesterday was a very eventful day we went and saw the colloseum and the ruins as well as a beautiful fountain that is just amazing. The Colloseum was one of the main reasons that made me want to come to Europe and it didn't disappoint, it is truly one of the marvels of the world. While we were at the Colloseum when we were getting ready to leave, there was a group of 4 men dressed as Roman soldiers and asked us if we wanted to take a picture so I said yes thinking it was like Disney World, where the characters take pictures with the kids for free. But no, not here they scamed us into paying ten Euro's each for a couple of pictures. We learned our lesson no pictures with people dressed up in a costume. Then after our sight seeing we grabbed our bags from the hostel and walked to the next hostel where we booked the rest of the nights that we will be in Rome. The best gift we received since we have been here was that it is air conditioned which makes for alot better sleep. I had a great time sight seeing and an even better time going to the pubs last night and ending on a boat which was awesome. We met some pretty cool people through the festivities last night. The two I remember most are Olivia which she was from michigan and is staying in Rome for the summer she was very cool and Oliver who lives in England so I got his name so we can meet up with him when we get to London. Very eventfull day yesterday and today was a very needed day of rest since I was hung over and was nice to not spend alot of money since we only had one meal today which was dinner because my stomach was upset all day. Overall a very successful start to our Europe trip!!!

Moe and Pat: Overall, the past two days were a great experience. Yes, even today. We are excited for the rest of this trip and what is in store for us. We have two more days left in Rome, and we have come to learn a valuable lesson, "when in Rome, do as Romans do."

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Who Needs A Reservation?

We should've gotten a reservation

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Moe: Day 1, so much to share as we saw so much and explored things many of you have never seen before. We went from the Detroit airport to the airport in Washington DC, to the airport in Madrid, to the airport in Rome. That sums up Day 1. I have a video clip that sums up our boredem in Madrid airport. I played it safe and made the later booking incase we had any delays but we made it with plenty of time to spare for the morning booking. We had the evening booking.

We landed in Rome exhausted and hungry. After all the flights and time changes and missed airline meals (we were knocked out during the breakfast meal), we finally realized that it had been 24 hours since our take off. We landed in Rome and took a bus to the city centre where we were going to find a hostel nearby and eat. Simple plan. Harder execution. We roamed the streets for a while and could not find anyone who understood what a hostel was, just hotels apparently, and then we kept getting redirected so many times, we completed a few circles. Finally, like they do in the movies, when our hope was poured into the last person (I even told Pat that if the last guy failed us we would just pay the extra charge for a hotel and try again the next day), he did not speak English or Spanish and ignored us. SO WE THOUGHT. He then double backed (this story is made for Hollywood already) told us to come with him, grabbed his buddy who understood English and guided us to a hostel.

At the hostel, we were expecting to nab some rooms for the rest of our stay in Rome but that was also not the case. They made these things called reservations that we thought we would be cool without but most of the rooms were booked. We got the last two in this four person room, one being Ian from San Fran about to enter Med School when he gets back into the states, and the other person we never saw. We had the room for one night but this morning I am pleased to announce we have a place to stay for the rest of Rome time. So I will post later after we accomplish other journeys.

Pat: Our journey began in the detroit airport it was a beautiful day and we were ready to get away. We were able to start our journey off will some humor when we were sitting in the airport and i just sat down in a empty seat where nobody was behind me leaving an empty seat next to me for moe to sit where there was nobody behind him but he chose to have a sit in between us and he sat down quickly and smoked the bald man sitting behind him with his head. It was great! The guy that moe hit took it very well. Our three plane rides in 24 hours and sitting in the airports for the whole 24 hours was tough but an experience in itself. We landed in Spain and bought a phone that does not work. It was a frustrating first day.

We arrived in Rome late and it took us a long time to find a Hostel, but once we were able to find one and check in we felt at ease. Once we get this phone figured out all we be good with the world. It is 915am and our adventure begins today! Ciao!

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Leaving Today

They always assume we're up to no good

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After months of waiting, the day has finally arrived! Excitement hasn't hit yet because I would rather be sleeping right now. But of course, the body sensed what today was bringing and woke me up at five. It's currently eight so I figured I might as well start moving.

For those of you unfamiliar with our reasons to go, there are no reasons. It's been something Pat and I have wanted to do since high school and we figured now is probably our best opportunity to go on a trip without sacrificing our careers (apologies sent to Ridge Stone Contractors and Aouichi Corporation), our families (Mama Hackney and Mama Moubarak, please do not cry, or panic, or worry, or over-think, or grow concerned due to lack of communication, or assume the worst has happened). So, with our window of opportunity growing narrower, we decided it was now or potentially never.

How was the planning process? As basic as we could have made it. We picked our duration, picked the most western point, bought our ticket from STA Travel (statravel.com), bought a Eurail Pass (eurail.com) and then we just started picking things. Not the most thorough way to go about it but it's a vacation, not an assignment, kept it simple and relaxing while seeing some cool stuff along the way.

Packing was even more basic than planning. A weeks worth of clothing, some toiletries, a poncho, a watch, some cameras, and some other objects that I cannot think of right now. We're traveling to other civilizations, not the middle of nowhere. If we forgot anything, chances are the other countries have them as well.

So all that is left now is the ride to the airport which will undoubtedly involve a lecture, a thousand warnings that have been repeated since we first went public with this trip, unnecessary tears, and me (I'm assuming for Pat as well) wishing the airport was much closer and a much shorter drive.

To friends and family, we will miss you and we will be thinking of you while we are gone. Thank you for your support and your kind thoughts and prayers over these last few months and these next few months. I apologize if I was not able to see you before today and to my friends who have become teachers recently or are still in school, have a kick ass summer, to those with jobs that do not allow summers off, keep kicking butt at work. I also apologize ahead of time for the certainty that at some point, we will forget how long it has been since we called and I will forget that we ever even started a blog in the first place. We love you.

Moe and Pat

Eph 1:3

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