Instead of old decrepit buildings, Rome has beautiful ruins. You couldn’t walk more than a few blocks without running into another set.
It was the beginning point of a month long journey through Europe with my friends Rachel and Eric. We saw all of the sights and then some. I spied a Lamborghini taxi, but was not quick enough to get a picture. I also saw two teenagers jump into the Trevi fountain for a quick swim before they sprinted away.
I especially enjoyed the Colosseum. They used to flood it for naval battles. The Romans knew how to have a good time. Fun fact: When a whale was beached near Rome, it became very popular with the people. So, logically, the Romans built a giant replica whale and put it into the middle of the Colosseum and filled it with 50 bears for the gladiators to fight. Genius.
Another weirdness was that there are essentially no crosswalks in Rome. You just walk into the street and the cars slow down or stop for you. Usually. It was really hard to get used to and I always had a lingering fear that one would go rogue.