Sam Bowker: The Grand Tour Diary (2005 - 2006)

This is the archived journal of a 2005-2006 'Grand Tour' around the Eastern Mediterranean and along East Africa, written by Sam Bowker, whilst in search of his PhD topic.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Italy - Rome

Just a quick post to say I'm here and all's well.

Rome looks like it'll be interesting, but I've only been up to boring admin stuff this afternoon. Most of the day was spent on the train here and some final exploration of Naples, so I'll spare you the details.

I've checked out both sides of the Stazione Termini (Central Station) in the city centre. The "dodgy" side is truly seedy. The "good" side is a suburb of mansion-like multiple-star hotels with appealing Italian architecture. I'm staying in the cramped but friendly Freestyle Hostel tonight. It's decorated with spraypainted murals, and quite definately in the "dodgy" side. Tomorrow I'll be meeting my friend Anna, who is coming down from Helsinki for the week, and subsequently we'll be staying in a much nicer place in the "good" side. The Hotel Gabriella.

Anyway, got to get back to boring stuff. I'm sure the next post will be more interesting!


  • At Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:54:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Buona Sera Sam,

    Glad to hear that you are enjoying the eternal city.

    Walked Assad to the embassy at the end of the street tonight. Assad is enjoying all the fragerances that spring has brought with it.

    We are developing a suspicision that Assad particularly enjoys that lawns that he stops to roll around in to be wet.

    So next time you see a spare patch of lawn that looks a little damp...



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