Rome, Italy

In the last two weeks I have had two trips to Roma but I knew that this last one would be the big one so I have saved all of the photos and updates until now. Trip #1: 15 February (Day 1): My friend and TEFL mate, Thomas, and I had to go to Rome for an interview for a teaching position with the well-known language school Berlitz International. We hopped on a train at 6:40am Monday morning to be there with plenty of time to get to our interviews at 12pm and 2pm. We got lost, but needless to say we got to the school, interviewed and got the jobs. We left the school around 2pm and had around 4 hours to eat something and see what we could in Rome. We decided that all in all we wanted to see the Colosseum, that could be the first thing we saw in Rome. We grabbed the metro over there and when we walked out the station I am sure we looked like two of the biggest tourists in the world, we just stopped and stared at the Colosseum in awe. Then we ventured over, and right off the bat we were bombarded by “gladiators” wanting to take pictures. We weren’t used to this kind of thing in Florence so we accepted some photos taken on my camera and started to leave. Then he began demanded money, we looked from him to each other in confusion. Surely this man couldn’t be asking us to pay him for the photos that we took on our camera!! He was and it all happened to fast that my protest weren’t heard and Thomas handed over a small bill (well not that small, 5 Euro) and were on our way. We were still awe struck for a good half hour later, but then decided that we would chalk it up to lessons learned. Then we walked along the main street by the Colosseum and along the Roman Forum and ended up at Vittorio Emmanuelle Monument. We snapped a lot of photos, grabbed a nice dinner in the Jewish Ghetto (it was amazing!) and boarded the train back to Florence. One day in Rome, fairly successful! Later in the week we found out that we were hired for the job! Success! Now we find out that we had to go back to Rome in the…

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

On Tuesday (5 Jan) we arrived home from our trip to Amsterdam. Wow, is it cold in Amsterdam in the middle of winter! It was a pretty crazy week since I just arrived in Florence on December 28th and we headed to Amsterdam on December 30th! Pre-Amsterdam: First, after a 10-hour flight to Paris I was anxious about having to transfer terminals at the enormous and entirely unfamiliar Charels d’ Gualle Airport. Nevertheless, leave it to me to worry about the thing that turns out to be the smallest hassle of them all. I got the my terminal in no time, only to find that my flight to Pisa was being delayed, but I was not sure how long since they only post the gate numbers ten minutes before departure. I waiting about 40 minutes in the airport and then after finally boarding my MUCH smaller plane to Pisa, we sat on the runway for another 30 minutes or so. It was a very foggy morning in Paris and it seemed to be busy, plus I was about to see Lorenzo for the first time in almost 6 months, so as long as I got there I didn’t care how!! After the delay, I was worried about finding Lorenzo at the airport (keeping in mind the large airports I have seen so much of in the past) and also about going through customs with my little “90-day tourist visa” (read: no visa). Well, not only did I not have to go through customs because I came from another Schengen country but as I walked out of the baggage claim there was Lorenzo, front and center! It was a little bit shocking at first when he kissed me and I had to stand with him for a second to grasp the reality that we were finally back together, but then there we were, just us again. After only two days of getting settled we were in the car (at 4am) and on the way to Pisa for our trip to Amsterdam! I was so excited to see all of my friends from around the world and even more excited that NONE of them knew I was going to be there!!We arrived in Eindhoven and had to follow the herd of Italians that disembarked the plane with us to hop a train to Amsterdam Central Station. Once we were there, we called…

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