Friday, May 31, 2013

Day 1 in Rome: Todd X needs iced tea

It's after 2AM and I'm lying in bed listening to the rain and city noises. It's a good thing. We arrived in Rome around 5PM and had to take a little nap after traveling for 21 hours. Beam me to Rome next time, Scotty. Oh, and let's export the idea of iced tea to this country. 

After a little sleep, a quick shower, and a change of clothes, Rand and I wandered the streets in search of food and Italian life. No plans, barely a map, and a 40% chance of rain. Nevertheless, it all turned out well. 

We has a good dinner at what appeared to be a pretty local restaurant, we wandered past Trevi Fountain and climbed the Spanish Steps. In between, we shared beers in a little piazza and worked up the courage to push our way into a local enotecha for a glass of wine. 

Yes, we felt a few sprinkles, and we weren't blown away by the wine, but everything is just a little bit better when you're in a city like Rome. Not bad for night #1. 

A Room With A "View" in Rome

It'll do, I guess. But I wanted a view of the Eiffel Tower!

Heineken X-tra Cold

This is a thing apparently. And it costs more and comes out of a tap that looks frozen. After flying from SF to Amsterdam, it was totally worth it. 

P.S. I don't get the placement of the hyphen in "x-tra."

Why doesn't every airport have a Cafe Chocolat?

Good work, Amsterdam. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

And vacation begins

Let's begin at the beginning. Public transit. Ah, how we love and hate you. Today, it's more a nod to convenience. Cal-Train to BART to SFO. Whee!