Since we don't have classes on fridays, last friday, I decided to see a few parts of Rome that I've never seen before. I wanted to go to some non-touristy spots, just to say I got to see something that most people haven't seen. On top of Aventine hill, were some cool churches and schools. Down one of the roads, where the egyptian embassy was, there was this giant green door, with a keyhole to look through. Through the keyhole, was the most amazing view ever. You saw this green tree garden, almost like a tunnel, and at the end of the green-tree tunnel, was the vatican sitting in the background. Sure the vatican was on the other side of the city from where i was, but the trees were cut in a way that outlined the shape of the vatican. It was one of the coolest things i've seen yet. We then walked back down the street and saw some orange trees, which we had to pick, even though there was a sign that said 'stay off the lawn', so dave and i quickly jumped to grab one each from the trees.
So yesterday started off early, like mad early. I had gotten only like 2 hours of sleep, and what was even worse was that our train got delayed an hour and a half for no reason. So we were chillin at the train station for like the longest time. Went to a McDonald's, which was a bit crazy and sweet at the same time, cause they had the weirdest trash bin. It was like a robot. We finally boarded the train at like 840, and i passed out for the next 2 and a half hours till we got there. The day couldn't have been more perfect, well the weather that is; the air was much more crisp and fresh then Rome. We were trying to figure out what bus to take and we ended up missing the first bus, so we had to wait like 40 minutes, which sucked so we played cards until it came back. Got on the bus and rode it all the way up the mountain, which was super sick, just an amazing view really. So when i got to the top, we just kept walking up and up. Stopped at Basilica Papale di San Francesco and saw some tombs, then walked up even further and went into and olive oil shop, where we met the man, Francesco. He's lived in the states, been to 40 of them, and has two daughters that live in the states. He hooked us up with free samples of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, i was in shock when i tasted the samples. I was so hooked on all of this, i HAD to buy some bottles to bring back for my rents. He told us that most olive oils that we buy are mixed, because they aren't produced and bottled by the same person, which means the quality isn't the best. Also, the color of true olive oil changes because the color of the olives change each year. Then we went to go eat and i had a bomb lunch with ravioli and the best bruschetta ever. We then kept walking up and up, stopping at little parks and lookout spots to see over the valley. We then found a rock wall to chill on and rest, since the dogs were barking. We got real tired, real fast, but that didn't stop me from climbing up even further to the summit, where this ginormous castle stood. When i reached the top, i had the most picturesque view over the valley and village. I was definitely glad i made the trek out of the city, to take a break from a loud and busy place.