Roamin’ around

Sunday, Oct. 25

Today was a Peter Pan Hostel kind of a day. Instead of venturing around Rome, we opted to pack, visit the supermarcato, drink cheap wine and eat.

We needed one day to collect ourselves after a busy week. We also had to organize as we are leaving for Le Marche (pronounced Le Markay) in the morning.

Missing an afternoon in Rome was sad, but the past two days were busy enough to soften the blow.

After taking my sister to the airport on Friday morning, we met a girl from Greece who was visiting her friend. We all got off at the same train stop. There, her friend recommended visiting the Spanish Steps.

Again, our ignorance is sometimes laughable. We thought we had seen them the other day. After hearing “Oh – they’re just by the Trevi Fountain,” we assumed the area up the street was the famous landmark.

Apparently not.

So we headed to the real Spanish Steps – they were beautiful and busy.

The area is extremely posh, surrounded by an expensive shopping district. I renamed it, “You can’t afford to be here if you are a backpacker.”

Some of the stores include Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Versace, Valentino, Armani, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Louis Vuitton.

So, we window-shopped. Actually, we ducked our heads in shame when we made eye contact with the sales people.

That’s when we realized we needed some gardening and work clothes for Le Marche. The only store we could afford was H&M. It was painful to buy “junk” clothes from there – but it was the best we could do.

That night we hung out with some new friends we made at the hostel. Two Canadian guys (one from Coquitlam) and two Americans.

We spent the next day with them as well. We wandered around the Spanish Steps again and ate a picnic of leftover food and red wine in a spacious park overlooking Rome.

It was a beautiful and peaceful end to sightseeing in such a big, busy city.

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