Erkan: A few months ago, my best friend was visiting me from Turkey and we went out for dinner with a good friend of mine here. We were having dinner and 30 minutes into it, I realised nobody was talking to me anymore.
Wii: Let me guess. They fell for each other and are together now.
Erkan (apparently frustrated that I've worked the story out): Am I telling the story or are you?
Wii: I can't help it. Dehayim.
You should have seen the look on Erkan's face when I said the magic word. ;)
I have a feeling Premier Wen is stalking me. I was in Athens last week, he was too. I am in Rome, he is now too.
And on a related note, the colosseum is lit red tonight because Premier Wen is visiting the city. It's unbelievable the extent everyone in Europe goes to make sure China's boot is well-licked. And very well-licked at that.
Now, this begs the question "Shouldn't they be sucking up to me instead since Wen is stalking me?"
PS: On another related note, we shall wait for Premier Wen to show up in the Caribbean in two weeks. Ermm, yes, my travel plan has gone off-tangent and I'm headed to Dominican Republic in a fortnight.
I'm finally in Rome! The delayed flight and bus ride meant instead of reaching the city center at 5pm, I arrived at 7.30pm. My initial plan of dropping my bags at a hotel and sightseeing got thrown out of the window quickly.
So I figured the best way to cheer myself up is with a McDonald's apple pie and vanilla milkshake. And it worked!
Then I made my way slowly to Giovanni's (my host). He told me he'll be home between 8.30pm and 9pm. I took a chance and arrived at 8.35pm. He didn't show up till 9.30pm. Oh well.
At 10.45pm, he decided we should go for a walk to the city and we did. It was nice to see all the buildings, obelisks, which I remember so fondly while playing Caesar in my "I really should be getting back to the books but I can't stop playing this game" days.
The Trevi Fountain turned out to be smaller than I thought it would be. I had imagined it to be a huge, I meant really huge, fountain. We walked to Trajan Market, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Plaza Venice, Pantheon, Parliment House, Plaza Navona, Church of Saint Bridget, and many more gorgeous sights.
We walked till about 1am and Giovanni said there is no point waiting for a bus, so we walked home. It took us 40 minutes to reach home. Yes, Wii is walking a whole lot now and she's quite enjoying it. Let's just put it this way - she knows she has to do something if she wants to be able to enjoy all that gelato in Italy.