After our fast paced touring of Rome, we were off at 8:00 a.m. June 5th by bus for Pompeii. On a side note, this bus was the most comfortable transportation we had the whole trip. It was first class compared to what was to come. By the time we reached Pompeii I knew I picked the wrong shoes to pack. My converse were not comfortable enough to take on the unsettling pavement of Rome and Pompeii. My knee was so swollen that I toured Pompeii limping. Not my finest moment! I actually had very high expectations for Pompeii being the travel and documentary junkie that I am! I think I figured we would see casts of bodies and emotional statues as awful as it is to say. Unfortunately, all of this is in museums and stored away for safekeeping. What’s left is the ancient remains and history that was more than enough honestly. I was still intrigued with everything Pompeii had to offer. I mean I was in Europe! Can you really complain about anything?
Pompeii was actually a town built around strength and the gladiators. It was very sexual come to find out. We were confused why the gift shops has penis statues to purchase… until touring and finding out how many whore houses there were. I know I am being vulgar but this is the raw history I learned.
There was a lot of dirt and disease for they had public baths. There was hot baths and cold baths. The hot baths were heated by fire that allowed hot water to flow through canals into the baths. My professor explained to us that these hot baths would harbor tons of bacteria and dirt and make people sick. It would be so hot outside and inside the bath so there was no way to clean or allow the water to escape and flow out.
Paving The Way
When walking through the streets and ruins of Pompeii there are giant stones. It is not a flat road at all. They had to have giant stones you could walk on because there sewage flowed in the street. If you couldn’t walk on high stones then you were walking in your own draining feces. Pompeii was not as glamorous as I imagined. It was also extremely hot and seemed to go on forever. Although the town of Pompeii was very interesting in how it was built and you could tell whose house was an individual who had a higher social status compared to lower class individuals.
We also got to see where the gladiators would work out and train. On the bus and from the city of Pompeii you can see the volcano that erupted and wiped out the city. It was enormous!
We didn’t stay the night in Pompeii, just a day trip before hoping back on the bus and heading to our overnight destination. I will never understand why my professor chose to book us on the day where Pompeii was free and open to the public because we were there with 20,000 other people. It was very crowded. There is a row of vendors and souvenirs outside the entrance of Pompeii, which was neat. My friend that I made on the trip, McKenzie, bought custom-made flips flops that were cute and unique. I made a point to grab a post card and a snow globe, because I collect snow globes from everywhere I go and the post card collection was something I started when I got to Europe.
Overall, Pompeii is ancient and historical just like I saw from the documentaries I watched years ago. Nothing compares to actually visiting the ruins.
“Abroad Adventures & Lessons Learned” Series continues next Monday. What did I learn from Pompeii?
1. Converse are not as comfy as tennis shoes.
2. Pompeii in June is scorching hot.
3. Most of the artifacts are stored in museums from Pompeii.
4. Walking the streets of Pompeii was tricky but interesting.
5. Pompeii was not sanitary back then.
Stay tuned for where we end up next Monday! Love you all:)