We woke up this morning when our alarms went off to pitch black. We're in dark wood cabins with wooden shutters on the outside of the windows, so the room was still pitch black even though it was light outside. This had caused a lot of confusion for me in the night when I got up to go to the toilet. I couldn't figure out where I was and was busting so got a bit freaked out in the pitch black. Luckily I came to eventually and used my phone light to get me out. We also woke up in the night to some psycho guy going nuts outside the cabin trying to get into his own one. He was screaming so loud and just about smashing the door in. This also freaked us out waking up to that! So we had a bit of a broken sleep. It did give me the chance to elevate my feet in the night though and this morning they were feeling much better, however I still had the rash all over them. By the end of the day they were back to being big and swollen though. It just sucks because even though we're having such a fantastic time, this is going to be a big part of the trip which we will remember!
We decided that we were ok to do the walking tour though, so we got ready, had breakfast, and then headed off in the bus to the train station which was just 5 minutes down the road. We caught the train into the city today, rather than the bus. Once we got to the city, we began the walking tour which took us to the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Colosseum.
We had some lunch at a restaurant by the Colosseum before we went in. I had pasta again. While we were on our way to the Colosseum in 36 degree heat, we decided it would be a good time to apply some more sunblock (I still can't believe I haven't been burnt yet!), and while doing so, we saw some others from our trip who told us about another entrance that they were told about to skip the queue. So we walked back to some ruins that we had passed, and bought a ticket to get into the ruins (which had no line at all), which also got us into the Colosseum. We walked through the ruins and took some photos, and then we went through to the Colosseum where the queue was huge and we were able to just walk right past and skip it. We were so lucky we found out about that otherwise we wouldn't have had time to go inside.
Apparently within the first 6 months of the Colosseum opening, over 5000 animals were killed in the fighting. We saw a cat sleeping on a rock while we were in there too. We found this incredibly random. We couldn't get right down to the bottom unless we did a tour, so we stayed for about half an hour and then left. We had to catch the metro back to our meeting point and then caught the bus back to the camp. There were only 4 of us on the bus, as everyone else had chosen to go back during the day in a taxi.
Once we got back, one of the guys told us about a bunch of pickpockets he had seen in the train station. He had intercepted a girl from going into the bag of one of the girls on our trip. Then he saw someone trying to steal some bags from a tourist with lots of shopping, and then some kids busking on the train but trying to steal more cash than they were being offered. Despite this however, we actually felt a lot safer in Rome than we did in Paris, even though we were told Rome was worse. We luckily enough, didn't come across any scammers or pickpockets, other than just what we heard about from others.
Once we got back to the campsite, we went and used the wifi again before dinner. After dinner we went back to the cabins to get ready for the 'whiteboard' party. During the last 2 days, we had to buy an 'I love Roma' t-shirt which we were meant to get everyone to sign tonight at the party. Stacey wasn't feeling well, so decided she wasn't going to go, and by the time I had had a shower and got ready, I couldn't be bothered going either. So we both just went to bed. We bought some cream for our legs while we were in town today, so hopefully that'll make a difference. It's a bit like deep heat so it was a good cooling gel on the rash. I've also been trying to drink lots of water today too, to try and reduce the fluid build up. However, tomorrow we're off to Venice and that's a long day travelling so hopefully our feet will still be ok when we get there.