I arrived at about 6:30 am this morning at FCO. I took the train to Roma Termini, caught a cab, and arrived at my hotel by 7:45. Because my room wouldn't be available until noon, I dropped my luggage off and went wandering toward the Vatican. It only took me about 20 minutes to navigate, and I arrived at quite the spectacle. There were tons, and tons of people lined up to enter the inner part of the square. Vendors were everywhere (as expected) and more nuns and priests than I've ever seen in my life. Because police were checking people's belongings, I decided against going in to the inner square and settled for watching the Italian police trying to control dozens of unruly, picture-happy tourists. After 30 minutes of entertainment, I decided to return to my hotel for a snack and some leisure time.
On my way back to the hotel, I decided to take a different route across the other side of the Tiber. Brilliant me, I took a wrong turn somewhere along the way and managed to find myself a bit lost and in the midst of a torrential downpour. I ducked into one of the few open cafes (Easter Sunday) and waited the rain out. I returned to the hotel soggy and exhausted and decided to read in the lobby until noon.
I ran into a few of my classmates and both Professor Gregg and Professor Fonrobert. It was great to see familiar faces after a long day of trudging along by myself.
Anyway, I'm about to hit the hay for a three hour nap before our city tour and orientation. Hope all is well!