Saturday, March 31, 2007

Rome 2

We all decided to take a nap for sometime. But I couldn’t sleep, so I tried to cook some rice,(I had my small rice cooker with me;)) because already I started craving for rice. So by the time the guys were up, I had steaming rice and ready made curries (by MTR) ready. We all ate our lunch, though it was almost 4 pm .Then we decided to find a restaurant or shop that could come useful during our stay there. We found a supermarket within two blocks. I wanted to buy jam, but had no way of telling them what I wanted. The names all looked soo unfamiliar. Ended up buying a lots of Clementine oranges. They were the best I ever had. Very soft skin, very sweet and very veryyyyyyy fresh .Then we took off to walk around the Colosseum. The building is so huge, my son says-IT IS HUMONGOUS!! .I thought I could hear lions roaring!! It was scary to think what could have happened inside those very walls all those years back!! Just to walk around the whole structure could take hours I felt. We decided to walk around the city. We saw people dressed as Roman soldiers. Then I saw a mummy figure standing. I stood right in front of it and took pictures. Then I saw another one, this time I saw the eyes moving. Then only I knew it was a person dressed like a mummy. Okayyyyyy!! We walked through the city till it was getting dark. Then we started walking back to our hotel. The Colosseum was bathed in a light blue color. It was an awesome sight.
We also started feeling hungry; no restaurants were open at that time. But then we saw a pizza place very close to our hotel. We all had pizza. It was nothing like I tasted here in US. It was actually very tasty .We found that there was a Malayali working in that place as a cook, he came out and talked to us. I have heard the saying that, “if you go to moon you can find a Malayali with a tea shop there”. May be its true after all! After our dinner we came back and slept very well. We had to get up early the next day for a whole city walking tour.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Rome 1

I have been thinking of writing about this trip for exactly an year. Now I have decided to start doing it, at last :).A small piece of memory everyday, I think I can do it.
So here I gooooooooo.....

When we decided to visit another country on our way to India ,a number of choices came. First choice went to Italy .Both the guys started learning Italian language, to survive there. Only one word caught my attention-Bambino- lil boy, I think is the meaning. Anyway until we landed in Rome I wasn’t thinking much about the trip. When I saw the person from the hotel who came to pick us up, I felt the beginning of an excitement. But it soon faded after five minutes inside the car. I have a motion sickness problem, its the best killer of fun. I just wanted to reach the hotel, I was looking to find the Colosseum, I knew our hotel was opposite to that. Then I saw it, I felt relieved. It wasn’t the world famous structure that made me feel good, it was the knowledge that the hotel was nearby and I can get out of the car. Anyway we went to sit on the roof top restaurant until the check in was done. When I looked out I saw the Colosseum. I couldn’t express the feeling when I saw it. I almost felt that I could reach out and touch.

Thursday, March 29, 2007