Notes – Day 2
Another great day (and it’s not over). Class started, and the group seems okay about the class (started with the problem-solving one). We then went with Danilo to the Coliseum (I suddenly can’t remember how to spell in English, as I had to type “Coliseum” four times), and we hooked up with our guide, Luca. I took some sterling video, of course. After the Coliseum, we went to the Forum, where Luca again gave us a marvelous tour and we checked out the Forum. I could have spent days in there, but we got through quickly. Danilo went back, and the rest of us wandered the city around the Coliseum a bit. I’m typing from Termini, where I fortified myself with an espresso and I’m typing while trying to guard my iPad, as St. Steve Jobs would like. (Just as I typed that, some rambunctious kids walked by, and I grabbed the device and stared at them. So alpha male, I know). We’re waiting for our train back to Albania Lazio.
So many highlights, but first I gotta talk about how proud I am of this group. They’re uber-respectful, but they’re also mostly unafraid. *They* didn’t want to go back yet with Danilo, so they asked politely what the plan was and then discussed what their options were. *Every single one* of them stayed in Roma as long as they could, (we could stay one train later but we’d miss dinner), and so the group of nine of us wandered down Via di Gregoria, and then Via Aventina. *They* immediately stopped at a side street, started shopping, and dove in like I wasn’t there. Gelati was purchased and consumed, an elderly gentleman entertained us with stories of hotels full of monkeys (I’m fairly certain ‘monkey’ did not equal ‘American,’ and we tried and failed to leave Dan behind.
A marvelous time was had by all.