1) I don't want to make you read a novel (yet).
2) I have a lot of stuff to get done today.
3) Honestly, the whole "travel blog" thing starts to get old after a while...
Alright, then. Let's go for it.
We got up in the morning and took a series of trains to Sperlonga, a city south of Rome that boasts absolutely beautiful beaches. This remains one of my favorite days of the trip so far. Since it was only me, Tayler, and Brandon, we were able to relax and enjoy our time without worrying about a huge group of people getting lost, stopping in stores, or what have you. We spent several hours there, swimming in the ocean, lounging, getting sunburned, and getting sunburned. We headed back home, showered, and got some more pizza (this will be a trend...)
We made our way to the Metro Station in the morning. Let me tell you, walking in intense heat combined with intense humidity carrying a backpack, a laptop bag, and a 40-pound suitcase is not much fun. After the Metro, we walked even more to the hotel where we would be meeting up with the group. I have never been so unbelievably sweaty in my life. It was disgusting. We met up with the group an hour later and found our rooms. After a short rest, we set out for our first day of exploring. We went to the Terme di Caracalla (The Baths of Caracalla) some old Roman baths that are a ruin now. It was extremely interesting to see the ruins, the mosaics, the columns, and the (now empty) baths. After that we walked over to Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus), an ancient Roman chariot racing track. Brandon and I ran one such chariot race, with Tayler and Missy as our drivers. He won... but I did smoke him in an arm wrestle a few days later, so I still declare myself the winner. We walked from there to the Mouth of Truth, which we didn't actually go up to because it was about to close. We went back to the hotel, had some dinner, showered, and went to bed.
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