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March 11, 2018

My Travel Quest: The Colosseum

My quest of visiting the New Seven Wonders of the World began in 2012. The best part, I did not even know it at the time. Click here to read about how my travel quest began. 

Part 1: Venice

In the summer of 2012 I planned to meet Myranda in Italy. We began our journey in Venice. This was probably my favorite part of the trip because there were so many moments of "Oh, Snap". One of those being our last night when we missed our shuttle to where we were staying. Now, the reason this mishap is my favorite is because we met some amazing people. We ran into some Australians who were trying to catch the same shuttle as we were. We got on the last people mover of the night and made our way back to the hotel via public transit. An amazing experience when your language is limited. But we did it!

Part 2: Rome

The Stats

Location: Roma, Itlia

Time: August 1-4 2012

Travel Partner: Myranda

Mishaps: Nothing major. Just some missed transportation.

We traveled to Rome via Easy Jet - which does not have assigned seats, so people can be a bit pushy. We landed at 11:30pm. Our plan was to stay in an actual hotel for the night. The hotel said it would only take 2 minutes by shuttle. Oh hello mishap number who knows?! We called the hotel and no one answered. (Keep in mind friends, I hadn't done much traveling before Rome. I was stressed. But a rule of traveling is patience and honestly, everything works out eventually. These crazy mishaps become some of the best memories).

Since we obviously were not spending the night at our hotel we called the hostel we would be staying at. Luckily they had something for us. 1 hour and 60 euros in a cab with a gas tank on E, we finally made it.Exhausted and just wanting to sleep we had to make a steep climb to our tent for the night. This is where we met Chris. He is from Australia and we still remain Facebook friends to this day. 

That first full day in Rome we visited the Fontana di Trevi. 
Tradition says, if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain you are guaranteed to return to Rome. I will keep you posted on that. 
The next day was an insanely hot day. Clearly, not the best season to visit Italy. However, when you are a teacher summer is all you really have.  Water bottles are everything as there are public fountains you can drink from. Sure, they make look a little questionable, but clearly I didn't get sick. 

This was our historic tour of Rome. And it was stunning and so humbling. Let me say again how much I love to travel. We ran into two Brazilians multiple times during the day. The best part? They turned out to be our neighbors back at the hostel!

The Colosseo

I can not put into words what it is like to walk out of the metro and be greeted by the Colosseo in all of its glory. All I can say is that you need to experience it for yourself. (Also, it is super easy to get to! Take the Metro Line B to the Colosseo.)

First view of the Colosseum.

 There is a reason it is a Wonder of the World.*TIP - buy your tickets in advance so you can skip the line. 

Built in A.D. 72.

The History 

The Colosseum was the largest amphitheater in the Roman World. It was able to seat 50,000 - 70,000 people. Seating was based on social ranking and these people were probably squished together!
Seriously. How did men build this?!

The amphitheater was used for combats, fights and hunts. They even flooded the amphitheater for naval combats. Most gladiators that fought we men. Typically the gladiators were either slaves, prisoners of war, or condemned criminals. (history.com)

And naturally, I need some super touristy shots. When in Rome! 
While I didn't fall in love in Italy, I did eat some amazing food and meet some amazing people. Remember - Travel is the only thing that you can buy that will make you richer.

*Remember - last time I was there was 2012.

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