To spend our free Sunday several of us decided to get up early and head out to Ostia Antica, an ancient city outside of Rome. Its about 45 minutes out by train (which is covered by our free bus/train pass provided by the Academy!) and we arrived early in the morning to clouds and drizzling rain...not the best weather when walking around outdoors at an ancient site, but not the worst thing ever. Its pretty cool, you can basically see the "footprint" of the city through the remains: walls, etc. and you are able to walk around basically everywhere unlike Pompeii and Herculaneum where lots of areas are blocked off. Its pretty huge though and I was really tired so I came home after a few hours to take a nap. In honor of Aaron, I've posted two pictures of the ancient synagogue...they're a little bit tough to decipher, but you can see the menorah on the column if you look really hard in the first picture.
Since there is no dinner on Sunday we all made our own stuff basically consisting of tomato and mozzarella. I could eat it all the time and I pretty much do! That and nutella (on crackers, on bread, on apples, by itself on a spoon....) We also sampled another gelateria in the neighborhood....always good! If i accomplish nothing else on this trip it will be to refine my gelato palette.