Jet lag my friends, is not my friend. For the past week I have gone from extreme awakeness in the most awkward of hours to the most extreme asleepness in even MORE awkward of moments. Like that time Greg and I took turns kicking each other awake under the table at a bar while we celebrated our friends birthday. Yea, it was 10:30pm. In New York City. The night had just begun. Kill me.
Or the time I woke up so early I was able to take a jog, shower, cook a full-on breakfast (eggs and bacon, I missed you!), burn all my travel clothes, and go shopping for new ones, all this BEFORE NOON! Now that’s being productive! Don’t worry, I’m over all that being productive stuff now. It kicked in the day after we moved into our new apartment less than a week after arriving back home. Now it’s back to real life, David After Dentist style. And yes, it’s just as trippy! Traffic. People. Responsibilities. Job. Home (we’re only staying in this temp home for 3 months). Car. EVERYTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE!!!! It’s all so much!
When I start to trip out like this I eat peanut butter and remember the good times. The most recent freakout brought me back to daydreaming about Rome. Which just so happens to be where I left off on this here blog. So instead of telling you about how my hair is falling out and how we now have to purchase toilet paper again, lets talk about how pretty Rome is.
It’s pretty flippin’ awesome isn’t it…
Although our first couple days in Rome were filled with being high off jet lag since we had just come from Thailand, this city still managed to blow my inebriated mind. Our hotel, Nerva Accommodation , was a stones throw away from the Coliseum and just looking down the street from there we could get a peak of it. Which was so incredibly awesome, except I really didn’t want to see it until we could actually SEEEEEEEE it! Know what I mean? So I walked down our street holding on to Greg with one hand and covering my eyes with the other for the first 24 hours because we had plans to go see-it-see-it in all it’s glory on day 2.
So to keep ourselves occupied we explored the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II
It was stripes day in Rome
We strolled along the Via dei Fori Imperiali
I love the contrast of the old and new
Checked the ins and outs of the Pantheon
Fantasized about living in the Piazza Navona
In this apartment building to be exact
One of these would work too
And enjoyed deliciously fresh bread and cheese for the first time in 4 months in Piazza del Campidoglio
And wine, obvs
Hello Mr. Lounging Man
Then promptly went to bed at 8pm with smiles on our face. We needed plenty of rest for the next day. Coliseum Day!
The Coliseum is one of those places for me that I have heard about a million times. Seen pictures. Learned some stuff about it in history class (sorta). Seen it in movies. It’s like the Great Wall of China of Italy. And it really is just as grand, eery, and jaw dropping as I expected.
Especially when the thunder and lightening storm started rolling in.
The lightening striking just outside the Coliseum walls, and the thunder rolling through the cavernous ruins gave me goosebumps and got that Garth Brooks song stuck in my head in the best of ways. If you can be at the Coliseum during a thunderstorm I highly suggest it!
WHOA WHOA WHOA! Snap out of it, Casi! You’re back to business here in Los Angeles!
This time though, I’m an explorer. Ready to see what this city has. Able to conquer anything. Excited for what’s next.
Bring it on.
P.S. I have so much more to share with you from our trip. Plus, it seems to be my new therapy so get excited for more musings and pictures.
P.S.S. We’re in LA now, any suggestions for what we should explore here?