After leaving Paris on a night train, he arrived in Rome at approximately 12:30, 3 and a half hours after the arrival time on the ticket. Well, the Italians were sure not off to a good start, and things only got worse. The metro was packed to the brim, and about a mile and a half underground. It took a full 5-10 minutes to surface onto the street. Mind you, the smell of urine, smoke, puke, poo, and every other putrid bodily odor permeated every man, woman, child and dog throughout the city. He then waits with these disgusting human beings at a bus stop outside the Metro. As per usual, the Italian bus didn't have a schedule, and showed up about a half an hour later. Due to fat people crowding the bus with luggage, there was simply no more room to ascend onto the bus. So he waited yet again for another half-an-hour until the next bus came; mind you, it's not on schedule, because there is none!
He shoves himself and luggage onto the already stuffed IECO bus. It was here that two larger than life, loud, obnoxious Italian women shove in behind him. Now, there's little red triangles on the ground, showing the path of the doorway when it opens and closes. Alex was already pushing the boundaries, only because he'd already waited for another bus. These two fatties were blocking the doors from closing. Alex leaned as far in as possible. This didn't help as their bellies and cleavage was flung all over Alex who was trying his hardest to stay away from the odorous women. To make matters worse, yet another woman louder than the rest hustled her way onto the steps. As the doors began to power shut, these women were squeezed evermore upon Alex. The doors were moaning from the strain they were forced into. They refused to close with the obese women in their path. They would move in and out, in and out, in and out, at about a 10mm interval. They never even made it halfway. The driver said nothing as he looked on, almost laughing under his breath. The ladies began screaming at the other passengers. Alex was confused as to their anger. He was the one who should have been angry. He waited over an hour for a bloody bus, and then they have the gall to yell at him and others for not scooting in when already at their limits? "Who in the world do they think they are?!" The doors continued to moan back and forth, back and forth until the fatty nearest Alex, shoved him as he fell over his suitcase, She fell on top of him, allowing the door to finally groan shut after about 5 minutes of struggle. As he stirred, he realized that without stepping on about 20 feet, he would have to be on his toes until the bus was relived of some of its baggage. After about thirty minutes of hell on his tippy-toes, the bus pulled onto a jam packed freeway.
He was told to take the first stop once on the freeway. The bus pulled off to the side of the road on the freeway. "This couldn't possibly be it," Alex thought to himself. "What kind of bus stop lets off on the freeway? There wasn't even a sidewalk." Regardless, he got off the bus with several others and realized that there was a sidewalk, but on the other side of the highway barrier. He was forced to jump the barrier in order to reach it. What kind of ghetto city was Rome? He was semi-grateful to be off that gosh-forsaken bus though.
Ancient Rome turned out to be magical. It's stunning to see the immense history that this city once held. It truly has a democratic and inspiring feeling. The Italian stuff was really crummy however.
All-in-all, Rome is the worst city in Europe. It's a filthy, morally dirty, pigeon-infested, polluted, amputee-filled, smoky, and immigrant beggar haven. I really wish modern Italians could take a thing or two from their ancient past that they claim is so great. It's true that Roma was incredibly productive, academic, intellectual, inspiring, but now? The people are boorish and crude, but not in a cute way. Alex saw more women's butts pinched and squeezed than he'll ever need to. Female are so objectified. They dress up gorgeously, but half of them look like a cow's behind. I like the open Mediterranean lifestyle. The Greeks for example, are incredible people. But these fools are lame. Their good food isn't even theirs! Pasta and pizza come from Asia! Modern Italians have nothing to offer, absolutely nothing.
Nearly two-thirds off the peninsula is still run by the mob. How can they claim to be a western, fair, democratic society?! A couple of months ago, they didn't even have a government. There was absolutely no one in power due to a transition in power. The country could/should have turned to chaos, but fortunately, the citizenry is so close to being retarded, they didn't even notice. Italy sucks.
It wasn't all bad however. He did meet two really nice people, (one of them being very cute). Ironically, they weren't Italian, but Polish down for a conference. He spent his Thanksgiving with them in the cool, (ancient), part of Rome. One of them was a brilliant ice skater. She was number one in Poland, and won second place in a bunch of European competitions. The other is currently teaching English to school children. Afterwards, he got some traditional Italian, (Asian), food with them. It was, mediocre at best. Thanksgiving turned out to not be so horrible with them. They were very fun and cute!
As one of the few major European cities that escaped World War II relatively unscathed, central Rome remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character. Rome is the third-most-visited tourist destination in the European ...