Tuesday, July 17, 2007

buon giorno, roma!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hi everyone!!!!!!! did ya miss me??? of course you did!!!!
so, let me just start this blog entry by saying I AM HAVING A HECK OF A TIME TYPING THIS as this keyboard is driving me insane! lots of keys that look oh so unfamiliar to me but alas -- i will manage.

cannot curse here i am in a convent. trust me, i would, but i am trying to keep it clean.

i flew air one from linz to roma via vienna this morning and got to the eternal city right after noon. i (along with all the other passengers of my flight -- all 10 of them....) waited at carousel 10 and we waited and waited and none of our suitcases showed. turned out the luggage came out on carousel 9. so, if you ever travel to rome, donàt trust the info thatàs depicted on the monitors.

then our flight attendendant from iad to fra had told me that when buying the ticket for the leonardo express not do validate it -- they never check it anyway, she said. well, little does she know. luckily i had validated mine, so i did not get into too much trouble.

the convent i am staying at is located in the ancient city, which means it is literally only 5 mins from the coliseum and the forum, and needless to say everything is pretty breathtaking!!!!!!!!!! i think i will takle the vaticane tomorrow, i am pretty hyped about seeing the sistine chapel. ironically, the pope is on his way to austria...oh well, perhaps our paths will cross another time....

i made it down to the coliseum today, had a really nice pizza and a heineken on the steps of some piazza very close to the convent and chatted with some locals. very low key, very nice though.

i am tired as heck; i think i am going to bed soon. plus the keyboard situation is killing me!

consider yourself hugged ;)

CIAO è tanti bacci!

h

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INDIA ON $1500 [AI] -- here's how i did it:

- air fare (austrian airlines): $950.00

- 3 nights at the delhi bed and breakfast: $170.00

- 2 days driver in delhi (Atma): $70.00

- 2 nights at hotel pearl palace: $27.00

- 2 nights at the rambagh palace: $70.00

- train (shatabdi express) from delhi to agra: $16.00

- COMMUTER bus from agra to jaipur: $2.90

- A/C deluxe bus from jaipur to delhi: $15.00 - meeting all the curious kids along the way: PRICELESS

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tiger fort, jaipur, india

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en route to the monkey temple, jaipur

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taj mahal, india