We made our way over to the ruins again and down to the track where the Romans used to have their chariot races, Circo Massimo. It was a cloudy but pleasant day. The red brick and gray stone ruins were a great backdrop for a group of young guys playing soccer in a spot we sat to read. They reminded me of my brothers when they would have one of their Frisbee sessions- very laidback and easygoing, anyone’s invited. Two Asian guys went over to join them as they tried to establish a pattern through their language barrier. Soccer is international though, they figured something out. We had a nice picnic too in a park by the Colosseum. Nice view but the Italians are crazy about their dogs over here. It’s like France, where it doesn’t seem that many of them are ever on leases. While we ate our lunch, I could see about sixteen big dogs all around. I was surprised none of them attacked each other. I guess they’re well-trained like those Parisian pups.
We ventured over to the Trevi fountain today too. It was fun to sit back and watch so many different people from so many different places approach the fountain and act out the exact same scene for the exact same picture: sitting on the edge, throwing their coin in backwards for good luck. It’s funny because no matter how different these people are or no matter what their language or nationality, they all basically acted the exact same for those five minutes.
Karen arrived from Prague safely. We got moved from the 6-bed dorm hostel to the 9-bed which was in another building. This one looks pretty shady but we’re meeting some cool people though. This is what I wanted to do- meet and talk with people. We hadn’t gotten to do that too much in Paris or during these first few days of Rome, but now we are. Our new roommate, Jill is actually from PA and doesn’t live that far from St. Francis! It was so comforting- I felt like I knew her.