6-2-01 In Barcelona now, Ohh man our cabins smelled bad. We went out to the discos that night and had an awesome time. We left the discos around 4:30 in the morning, and took a half hour taxi ride back to the camp. There was an accident and the taxi driver said you can walk its very close from here. So the driver dude dropped us off on the freeway and we walked. 5:30 approaches and the sun starts rising, we see a billboard for our campsite saying its only 2.5 km ( 1.8 miles) away. We are all freezing, tired, and the girls are in high heels and skirts. We eventually hitch a ride with the policia only to have to wake up at 6 the next morning.
6-4-01 Bags on coach at 6:30. F###!!!! Drove to Antibes today and stayed at another Contiki campground. Eddie and I went wandering around to the next closest city, the name escapes me at the moment. It's a city on a hill, very midevil in architecture. There were fireflys flying around, and at 2 am the church still had open doors and candles burning. Rather eerie. We came back to camp to see there was some partying going on at the bar.
Stopped at a Perfumery on our drive to Pisa. The place was overwhelmly pungent, I had to wait outside. I got a picture of a guy with the crappiest job imaginable.
He spent his day stamping bricks of soap into little roses.
The coloseum was full of holes in its walls. This was from all the steel supports being removed. At the time it was built, steel was not being mined, so it was in high demand. Its surprising the coloseum is still standing with all the supports removed. A small section shows what the supports looked like.
Originally these ruins were buried under about 10 feet of dirt. The entrance to this building (green door) was at the original ground level. Until it was excavated, the steps and base of the coulombs were buried.
In Rome we stayed at the 7 hills camping ground. There were all sorts of wild animals; ostridges, monkeys, peacocks, reindeer running around the camp.
The aussies informed us that an Imu is not a four legged animal that resembles a camel. My roommate woke up at 5am to the scene of an arm reaching through the window of our cabin. Bus driver Billy had a kid up to his waist balancing on the window sill reaching for his wallet. All in all 5 cabins reported items stolen, none were from our group fortunately. I was drinking some nasty grapefruit juice called get up. It soon became referred to by the aussies as "get up and run for the dunny (bathroom)"
A big family rivalry at the glass shop. The owner comes in, talks to us, and makes a few comments about the man his daughter had just married. He explains how his son-in-law will one day inherit this shop. Then the new husband comes in. Hes wearing a suit thats just a little too big for him, and with his Nick Riverra voice "hi everybody" and tells us how hes not getting paid to work there.
This would have been a great picture. Unfortunatly the good people at "fotokarussell" 1010 Wien, Rotenturmstasse 8, 5129105 clamped my negative with alligator clips right on top of an image. Not only that, but every picture from all 7 rolls of flim had a green stripe across it. They charged me about 200 bucks and refused to take back the prints and refund my money. They claimed a credit card could not be refunded. DAMN!!! I was pissed. I ended up gong to another branch and getting all my prints redone, they luckily didn't charge me. The pictures in the end looked very crisp and colorful though.