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Benvenuto in Italia!

After a slightly delayed flight from Santorini, we arrived in Rome, went to the wrong place to collect our rental car and waited for 40 minutes at the bus stop to be picked up by the rental agency with the hugest container of Nutella we had ever seen (no joke see below, and we have since found these everywhere in Italy). But we got a free upgrade with our car and our GPS got us to our hotel without problem in Rome, and there was one good restaurant near our hotel that was still serving food at almost 11 PM, so we were happy. We didn't have any cutlery back in our hotel, and the restaurant didn't have any plastic for us to take, so they gave us their real cutlery and told us we could just bring it back tomorrow. And once we sunk our teeth into that cheesy truffle-icious pasta as Zavian was asleep on the bed, all the hassle was worth it. Mmmm, Italy. Ti amo, Italia.

It may not look large, but it is next to a 2 liter bottle for scale!
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Staying in Rome wasn't part of the original itinerary. We changed our plans to stay for just one night to be able to go to the Indian Embassy in Rome so that Naim could get his visa. We many reasons, but mostly because we forgot, we weren't able to get his Indian visa for our last stop. We found out it could be done in Rome, so the plan was to drop it off at the start of our time in Italy, and pick it up before we flew out of Rome two weeks later, as they don't process foreign passports quickly.

Yet we couldn't go to the consulate until 2 pm, so we had some time to kill. Naim got a hair cut, "Italian style," as the stylist said. We stocked up on some Italian baby food and then took the bus into the center. We walked a lot, saw St. Peter's from afar and spent some time at the Trevi Fountain. Zavian and I even threw a coin into the fountain together. A legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. It worked for me before some hopefully Zavian will return one day soon!

St. Peter's from a distance
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Trevi fountain
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Z taking delight in throwing a coin into the fountain
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We then headed to the consulate that was pretty nice on the outside, but actually looked and felt like we were in India on the inside. However, the drop off process seemed to go without a hitch. I guess we will know soon enough!

Posted by jknazef 15:01

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