LAST DAY IN ROME MEANS TOGA PARTY!
No, but seriously we had such a great time today. It was finally the day to present our character speeches that I talked about previously, so Professor Davis reserved a meeting room in the hotel for us to use as a classroom.
We had all been talking about the performances the night before and decided that what we really needed in order to get into character was costumes. So a bunch of us then next morning stripped our beds and the sheets became stylish togas. Who said you would never use anything you learned at a frat party in real life?!
We went through the characters in a chronological order, learning about each person and their relationship to the others as well as their impact on the fall of the Roman Republic or the rise of the Empire. People got really into it, and some had us laughing so hard we almost fell out of our chairs. So we had a good time, but also learned a lot. I mean, even I learned some new things about these people and I study them as my major! It is definitely an assignment that none of us will ever forget. Considering the looks we got from the other people in the hotel, they probably won't either...
Sadly when this was over it meant that we were just one step closer to having to head home. So after class was dismissed, we all went upstairs to pack up our suitcases one last time. The day was not quite over yet though; we all had dinner together at this fantastic resturant conveniently located right across the street from our hotel.
I don't know if I have talked about this before, but our hotel is in the perfect spot. Not only is there a museum right across the street, but just next to that is what is left of the Baths of Emperor Diocletian. This was a huge complex that was just one of the many public baths in Rome. The main existing building is now a church, but the surrounding walls extend far past that.
So the place we ate our final meal in Italy is actually built into these walls. It was a beautiful place. We had several courses of traditional Italian dishes, including pasta (of course) and tiramisu for dessert. We also had the house wine, a very delightful red with the label showing the ruins of the bath which matched the etchings on all the glasses. We sat and chatted for a long time, ending the night with a toast from Professor Davis to the success of the trip.
It is going to be so hard to say goodbye to all this, the place and the people. But we have to do it. And in only a short while too. Our plane leaves bright and early. Actually so early it won't even be bright yet. We will be getting up at 2AM to start our long journey home. So we are off for a quick sleep and then it will really be the end of our time here.
But we had such a great time and did so much, that we can't really be too sad about going home. In the words of Caesar- We came, we saw, we conquered.