Nom de Plumage

July 1, 2012

All Roads Lead to Rome

Filed under: Diary,European Flavour,Solo Travelling,Travel Journal — nomdeplumage @ 4:21 pm
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When you have the chance, use it! Some cliches come in handy and when the opportunity presents itself……… “Arrivederci Firenzi! It is with sadness that I am leaving Florence after a week of exploring this magnificent city. Whether it be a week, a month or a year, no amount of time would have been enough. Grateful and very thankful for the wonderful experience, I have in my pocket a ‘gratitude rock’ from the Tuscan Hills and each time that I touch it, it will be a reminder of a dream achieved. I leave onboard the famous ‘Eurostar‘ train for a very quick one-and-a-half hour journey through some very ordinary scenery to Rome. Confession time! I have met many travellers on my journey so far and each and every one who has been to Rome, has told me that it is more crowded then Paris. So it is with some trepidation that I arrive at the huge Roma train station and ‘bloody-hell’ the crowd. Does every Roman citizen congregate at the train station? It felt like it and then reality hits when my first gypsy arrives begging for money. My first priority is to find a public telephone to ring my hostel for directions. The man on the phone is very helpful and tells me what train and at what time I get the train to Zargarolo.                                                                                                                          

The smaller town of Zagarolo is approximately thirty minutes out of Rome. When I arrive, Luca one of the hosts from the hostel, arrives within minutes to drive me back to the hostel. He is very friendly and young and we become friends fast. The hostel is old yet has great facilities, including a swimming pool, but unfortunately the season for swimming is over. My hostess is the sister of Luca and after checking-in, she throws my twenty kilo back-pack onto her shoulders and almost runs up three flight of stairs to my room. Never under-estimate small women! My room is the only one on the third level and I am the only guest so far. So I have a choice of double beds and my own bathroom, life is good.

The rules at this hostel are more relaxed than at previous hostels that I have stayed in. I was allowed to come and go as I please and could enter my room at any time. The only rule that they really had was a curfew on when the last pick-up from the train station was. No later than 9 pm. So, taking advantage of this privilege, I stay in my room to relax, catch-up on some reading and make plans for my first full day in Rome tomorrow.


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