I’ve realised that the last few rambling posts haven’t told you what I’ve been doing (other than obsessing about power usage). So…
Yesterday I went to Palatine Hill. It was pretty cool. You could wander around quite a bit & get right up close to the ruins. They’ve also restored a couple of rooms of Emperor Augustus’ palace. You can only go in in groups of five, so I had to wait in line a bit. Quite a few people didn’t seem to notice the line and tried to go straight through. The guy in charge of the line kept having to chase them back. One guy didn’t seem to get it at all, and it took a while for the line guy to explain it to him, and when he’d finally got it and wandered off the line guy rolled his eyes at us and sighed. Amusing… The rooms were pretty cool. There’s quite a lot of Augustus’ palace still standing, and you can see faded frescos in the walls all over the place. I didn’t go over the Forum part of the area, because I was getting pretty tired and hungry. I’ll go back this afternoon to look at the rest (I have a week-long ticket). I’m getting pretty tired now – a morning is all I can handle and then I come back to the hostel and crash. Luckily I’ll have lots of resting time tomorrow.
Tomorrow we’re catching a train down to Reggio di Calabria, where we’re catching a ferry to Stromboli. Our train leaves at 6:45am – ow… I probably won’t be posting very frequently for a while. I’m not expecting great internet (or any internet) on trains and ferries and small volcanic islands.
Now I’m heading out to buy a memory card for my camera. I only have 128mb, and I can fill that up in about 3 hours… Once we’re away from civilisation I won’t be able to empty the card onto a usb stick every day, so I think a bigger card will be the best plan. Steve’s plan to use the ipod for storage has been foiled by the fact that it needs a firewire connection to charge, and we don’t have one. Oh, the technology!