Funny story about the picture on the right...there are a bunch of people dressed up like Romans who take pictures with tourists. While I was trying to figure out how to get into the Roman Forum, one of the guys, who looked like Fabio and talked like Arnold said to Kai, "Wanna peechure body?" Maybe you had to be there, but it was pretty funny.
The Roman Forum
Kai's favorite place in Rome: Vittorio Emmanuele Building. This place is pretty sweet...you can't sit down on the stairs at all or else the guards will get you...and they are total sticklers.
On the back side of the Vittorio Emannuele is Campodoglio...can't remember any special facts about it, but it was pretty!
We hit up the Spanish Steps, which oddly enough, we thought we had seen on our first day, BUT thankfully, someone corrected us, so we made it there on our last day!
Scams: So one of the scams that we saw all over the place was the rose scam. There are lots of Indian people in Rome and many of them are street vendors...for those who aren't selling purses, sunglasses, or knick knacks, there are the rose men. They carry around red roses and give them to tourists. The trick is they start out by trying to give it out, and when people say no, they say, it is a free gift! Then, when you accept, they will follow you around and pester you to give them something for it...needless to say, many tourists get sucked in. Thankfully, we ran into some other people who warned us ahead of time, so we knew to steer clear.
Anyways, affter we watched Michael Jackson perform, we decided to people watch for a bit...and of course, the rose men were working hard. We watched as one guy gave roses to a few girls in a big group. He was very friendly and offered to take a picture for one group, but while he was taking their picture, the other couple left. So once he took the picture, he was on the hunt for the other couple. We watched as he got mad and started asking the other rose men where they went...finally, he spotted them and went straight in to get his money. The woman was a little irritated so after he started hassling her for money, she told him, "You GAVE it to me as a GIFT!". Anyways, he was not having it and was clearly mad, so he grabbed the rose back and she walked off. Immediately after she turned, he dipped the rose in the fountain to get it fresh looking again, put a huge smile on his face, and offered the same rose to the next girl walking past. It was pretty funny to see how fast he changed from happy/nice to mad to happy/nice.
Kai found this hackey sack in our flat in London and brought it everywhere! It drove me crazy!