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By A: Yesterday was our first full day in Rome (or as the Romans call it "Roma"). We had to wake up at 6:15 and catch our car to drive to Pompeii. The car ride was about 2 and a half hours long. Once we got there, we met our tour guide, Alessandra, and started our 3 hour tour of Pompeii and the lost city they found.
We started our tour on the roads that led to the city center. Once we got there, our guide told us about the gymnasium where the gladiators were trained to fight and where they were chained to the walls so they couldn't escape. In case you didn't know, gladiators were slaves who fought with other gladiators for wealthy peoples entertainment and slaves were not even considered people; they were considered to be "talking tools". Archaeologists know that the gladiators were chained to the walls because they found the skeleton of one (he had a chain belt around him) whose master fled and forgot about unlocking him when Mount Vesuvius exploded. After that, we went to the merchant street where we saw how they made their bars and the lines in the ground where they would put their newly made wooden sliding doors. We got to se the crosswalks of their time which were big stones that were put across the street so you could cross without getting your feet wet. After Alessandra showed us the street, we went to look at a rich merchants house. You would think that a big house back then (and we're talking 60 AD) would be about the size of a normal house today, but let me tell you this house was by far bigger than most houses today. Inside we got to see the bedrooms, Roman bath, dining room, the impluvium which collects rain water to wash things with, and more. When we were looking in one of the rooms, there was a glass case filled with skulls, pelvises, and bones of skeletons! Our guide told us that these were the bones of 7 thieves who wanted to find the treasure in the house, so in a 3 to 4 hour pause during the explosion, they made a hole in the wall to get inside. What they didn't know was that there were all those poisonous gasses and things in the air that once they went inside, they died. Alessandra told us that the owners of the house were very lucky because at the time of the explosion, the house was under reconstruction. In about 62 AD, 17 years before the explosion, there was a big earthquake that damaged the house so they had to fix it up. Fortunately, the owners were not living there at that time. Once we were done looking at the house, we set off again to look at more places. One of them was the public gym where there was a pool with cold water, a big field for spots like volley ball or track, and a steam room. The steam room was interesting because it was clever the way they made it work. There were holes in the walls for the steam to come through, and the floor was built higher than the rest of the ground to keep it hotter. Inside the gym, we saw the casts of two men dying from suffocation. After that we walked around a little and saw more casts of bodies like the man with his donkey, and a pregnant woman. Once we made our way back to the car, we bought some souvenirs and lunch. Then we had to drive to a little medieval village with cute little shops and restaurants. It started raining when we were walking around, but that didn't stop us from seeing the big stair cases going up and down so many times and in so many different places. We had to get back in the car after that, and I was starting to feel sick. My head was pounding and my stomach felt like it could explode. So we pulled over in front of a little hotel. Once I got out, I couldn't help it, I threw up on the side walk three times! The owner of the hotel was really nice and he gave us a plastic bag and napkins. After that, we got back to the car and drove back to Pompeii. There, we had to say goodbye to Alessandra and set off again for our hotel. Once we got back, I was so happy because I still felt sick. Then we went to our room and got ready for bed. I can't wait because our next stop is Pisa!

Posted by KandA2TT 22:06 Archived in Italy

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