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Back it italy to see what I didn't get to see

rain 16 °C

I woke up this morning n a rush becausw i hadnt really checked what time the trains were leaving from brugge to amsterdams. I had to catch a flight from Schipol to italy the day after. I bid adieu to Bauhaus and walked with all my gear to The bus stop which was only 2 minutes away. I will miss all of brugge and it's mysticism, but the show must Go On! I made it to the train station and bought a pass that was only 24 euro to amsterdam. It had 3 connections and i made the first connection but had missed the second one in Antwerpen. Due to the change in platforms. Lucky for me though I was hungry and wanted to sit down and eat plus the train station in Antwerpen is very nice. I ate yam yam which is a really fancy and expensive noodle stand. I made the next train and scored a very nice seat. The next station was in rotterdam centraal, and I finally arrived at amsterdam centraal. The hostel that I was staying in for the night had sent me directions on how to get to them and which tram to take. As soon as I made it there I really wish I could've stayed in that hostel the first 3 nights. The hostel was called Coco Mama and was very humble and way different. It had 5 floors and each had its one them per floor. The lowest area was g he lounge/kitchen with its Free pasta,free rice,free noodles,and an honesty fridge. Along with the really mellow decor and the local hostel cat Joop. This place Was awesome the receptionist Moe told me what was going on for the night and what all I had missed last time I was in amsterdam. Unfortunately it was already late and dinner sounded like the best idea. I ate at smullers which was the really cheap vending machine eatery. When I walked back I went down to the lounge and talked to very one there for what had seemed like hours. A parisian, 2 Canadians, 1 aussie, one from UK and a guy from Oregon. All talking about our travels and sharing in the same beliefs that lead us to travel. It's almost like a certain way of thinking just wanting to stay in a hostel and travel. We had shared tales and adventures and at one point it felt like you were speaking to family just all understanding. The coolest things to hear from was from the aussie she had also been backpacking and decided to stay in amsterdam. Her wardrobe consisted of shorts some flash dance leggings and a very short shirt just covering enough of her torso. She had been living in amsterdam for 8 months and never wants to leave. She works at coco mama as a receptionist/tour guide and has her own room in the attic.we all talked for quite another bit and all headed to catch some sleep. Also before I forget the rooms in this hostel are themed mine ironically enough is Brothel themed so the beds had red sheets and the wall full of what looked like 90's nude ladies on the wall. Waking up I felt a small rush to just hurry and leave but just decided to calm down and mellow out otherwise I would stress over nothing. Catching a flight from another country is fun but I have this horrible fear of losing my luggage and just living of my one back pack. Going through security could not be any easier. I boarded Vueling airlines and had a window seat which I was super excited for because I wanted to get some footage for a future project. When the stewardess arrived with snacks and drinks she had a card swipe and was charging for everything. I pretended to sleep so that I would not get pestered into buying a drink or chips for 4 euro. I made it safe and sound in rome and caught the train from the airport to the termini station. 2-3 block away was the next Hostel called The Yellow apparently the #1 party hostel in rome and I figured out why soon enough. The mood in the bar was friendly and people from all over go to drink and be merry. The bar also has events to break the ice and get people to mingle the last night it was karaoke. This night it was a scavenger hunt and it had thinks like win at beer pon, make a trick shot at beer pon, for each thing you do and a chive you ear a free shot on the house and so on. Unfortunately my teammate was not really the party kind of guy and had never played beer pon. Instead of lobbing the ball he proceeded many times to try and baseball throw it. I was keeping the team in a pretty good state but the other lads we were playing had just graduated and we're frat daddys. I was screwed. After losing that game and giving it my all I tried again and lost that one for just being too drunk. Upon noticing how gone I was I decided it was enough and went to the room. Took a long shower and crashed hard. The following morning was a spin but slowly and surely got up and got ready to see rome. I signed up for a tour and soon gained my heading for what I wanted to accomplish today. I made the metro towards circo maximo and waited for the tour and tour guide to show up. Shortly a bearded fellow asked if I was there for a tour and introduced himself as Ian from Liverpool who is an archeologist but being one doesn't get you paid too well do he tour guides for his main source of income. The time passed and I was the only one who I'm guessing sobered up enough to get up and go. He told me to try again tommorow because a 1on1 guided tour is the most awkward situation you can get your self into. I got my refund and decided to go walk the Roman forum. After a good 2 hours of wandering around I walked by the colloseum and saw them setting up some kind of film equipment. I asked the event staff what they were doing and they replied tommorow is May the 4th be with you so they were playing a star wars movie on the side of the colloseum followed by a costume parade. How lucky did I get yahaha (man im a nerd). A bit later I noticed it getting chilly and I left my jacket in the hostel so I took the metro back to get it. As soon as I arrived it started to rain pretty hard so now I'm catching up on the whole blog hahahahaa.

"Travel far enough, you meet yourself."-David Mitchell

Posted by egarciafreites 09:21 Archived in Italy Tagged rome tour star colloseum wars

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