Continued from Rome Day 3 Part 1.
I will meet up with my new friends again tonight for some drinks while wandering around Rome at night.
This will be dinner tonight. Got this from the local grocery store. It’s a chicken patty sandwich. What’s cool about being in a brand new foreign country is that even when you buy mediocre food at the grocery store, eating it is still an experience because you’ve never had it before.
My new friend A turned out to be severely hungover from the all night drinking last night. Two Asians out drank an Irish last night. So, the two remaining healthy people were on a mission to get food for A.
Found a sandwich shop that sells, well, everything. Pizza, wine, beer, desserts etc. etc. The lady who worked behind the counter was funny. She would be really mean at us for splitting the order up, then also mad at not telling her that it was to go. Mostly it was the language barrier. She would give us attitude, and two minutes later she would smile at us. I’d go up and order a beer, or dessert to add to our order and she would give me attitude again follow a few minutes later with a smile. Very strange.
The huge double doors lead into a huge courtyard and there are flats all facing towards the courtyard. My friends’ boarding house is in one of these flats here. Many of the people have their windows open and you can hear just a soft rumble of conversation throughout the whole courtyard. It’s not an annoying nuisance type of noise, but rather a very comforting white noise that reminds you that you are surrounded by neighbors.
Finally figured out what these things are. I saw others drinking from them and realized that they were drinking fountains. Weird that the water just runs freely with no way of being turned off. What a waste and there’s algae grown all around the sidewalk making it very slippery. I guess this fountain design is based on tradition so they never moved on.
I guess it was meant to be after all. Got the picture of the Colosseum in its entirety which included me in the photo! Big smile for the success. And look, there is nobody around. Weird to see that because during the day time, it’s always crowded.
After visiting the Colosseum, we took a short walk through parts of the Forum that was not gated and locked. Bizarre that at night there are so very few people around these landmarks and you could literally just hop and fence and enter into these national treasures without anybody stopping you.
After looking through the Forums, it was just more wandering through Rome at night.
It may not have seemed like it from the photos, but our night ended at around 6:00am again.
My body and my liver hates me.
To be continued at Rome Day 4.