Wednesday, August 22, 2007

yes, i CAN fly.

 i can fly!
after collecting my luggage at leonardo da vinci airport (aka fiumicino, short FCU), i walked over to rome's central station (roma termini) and took the leonardo express (platform 2) into the city. Click for Schedule and return information.
(i followed the Stazione FS/Railway Station signs - very easy to find). i didn't get my ticket from a machine, there was a guy who waved me over and he asked me if i was going downtown and he wrote me ticket right there on the spot - it was 11 euros.

don't forget to validate your ticket by inserting it in the validation machine before you enter the train.

i had a few minutes and decided to purchase a roma pass (includes 3 admission tickets to sights in rome and a 3day metro pass. cost: 20 euros). HINT: some tabacchis carry that little red sucker as well!) the alternative would have been buying tickets for each individual metro ride (costs €1 and is good for a single metro ride or 75 minutes on the busses). tickets for both the bus system and Metro can be purchased from a tabacchi (tobacco shop), a bar, or vending machines at metro stations and major bus stops. a daily ticket (B.I.G.) is available for €4, (three days for €11) and a weekly ticket (C.I.S.) costs €16

when i arrived at rome termini (in the city center) i took metro line B one stop to cavour station, from there, i dragged my little carry on over some pretty massive cobble stone down on via_____then up on via dei goti, which is where the convent casa il rosario is located.

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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

tiger fort, jaipur, india

tiger fort, jaipur, india

en route to the monkey temple, jaipur

en route to the monkey temple, jaipur

taj mahal, india

taj mahal, india