Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rome bound...

... It's officially booked! I leave next Wednesday, April 27th, and will return the following Wednesday, May 4th.

I have a remaining $484 dollars left to use for food & travel. I can do that right? Survive in Rome for a week with the remaining balance? I can pack raman noodles, crackers and flavored water packets. I'm so pumped! Hey, there are saints that have sustained themselves on nothing but the Blessed Sacrament!*

Not only have you all been generous with donations but with invaluable advice and money saving tips. If you have any tips regarding cheap places to visit or cheap eats, even just words of wisdom I welcome them. If you have prayer requests you'd like me to carry to Rome please let me know. I have taken a few already. It's the least I can do.

Again, I am profoundly humbled by your generosity, kindness and support. Thank you, I sincerely thank you.

*The Crescat in no way self proclaims Sainthood upon herself.

32 comments:

Pedro Erik said...

First time here, Crescat, from Creative Minority Report blog.
Have a wonderful trip to Rome.
In Rome, there is a lot of places with good and cheap pizzas (forget about diet). But try never drink Coke or something like that. It is really expensive in Italy (around 5 euros a small glass). Also, try to save before 1st May, beacuse, you know, where there are a lot of tourists there are exploitation regarding prices in taxis, restaurants, etc.
Do not you reserve a hotel yet? Are you nuts?

Best,
Pedro Erik

elena maria vidal said...

You can eat well but very inexpensively in Rome. Meals might be part of the hotel accommodations but if not one can always eat at cafes and trattorias. Getting cheese, bread and fruit at the market is an inexpensive way to go, too. And they have good wine everywhere.

I am so happy for you. Please say a Credo for me at the tomb of St. Peter, and please pray for my husband to get a job. God be with you!

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

That is great news! I'm glad you got the funds to get there. Wave to the north while you are there to say a hello to my family in Tuscany. Travel safe and have a spectacular time.

brjeromeleo said...

I am so glad you are going at last. Rome is wonderful, but you have very limited funds, so carry your cash in a very secure poket or place. The one bus to St. Peter's is notorious for pickpockets, I think its the 64, take the other one, but still be careful. The pickpockets tend to work in teams: one or more to jostle and distract you and another to actually rob. I will be praying for you!

Baron Korf said...

I've been told that if you go out to eat, because when the waiters ask if you want to add X. Here in the states they warn you that it costs more, there they don't. So adding meatballs or cheese can drive the tab up. Best to ask first.

Jon said...

Kat,

That's wonderful news! Have a safe trip, say an Ave at St. Peter's for me, and don't forget to kick Rocco Palmo in the shins when you meet him!

The Perpetual Malcontent said...

Textbook example of how God has better things in store for us...

Deirdre said...

If you only need the $484 for food/bus, you should be quite good even without the ramen noodles.

A weekly bus ticket is something like 16 euros and includes unlimited bus, tram, and metro (I think) rides.

When you go to cafes, be aware that some charge a fee for you sitting down at tables rather than standing at the bar - so you can save euros that way.

The water fountains are drinkable - so you only need to buy one water bottle and then refill.

... there's lots of ways to get by and be *thrifty* (not cheap) in Rome.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Kat - I'm happy, happy for you. Rome will never be the same.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Dumb question: Do you have a passport and all that jazz?

That's another reason I didn't throw my hat in the ring. Not that I expected to get selected, but in the off chance that I did, there were way too many things working against it.

I do hope they will do this again, and give better notice - like 3-4 months.

Terry Nelson said...

I'm so happy for you too - hit up John Sonnen or Chris Wells - they might be able to help you out.

Again - I'm really happy for you. Prayers and best wishes!

Terry Nelson said...

John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus - tell them Fr. Z sent you! And wear a veil.

Jeff Geerling said...

If you splurge on anything, splurge on a gelato from Old Bridge, which is right next to the Vatican. My favorite? All Nutella. Finish that off with a Nutella crepe, and you have yourself a meal! (And a billion calories...).

SherryTex said...

I tried renting a bike to travel cheaply. Don't. I was told this is a common scam on foriegners. They take your passport as part of the collateral for the rental. Then, if you stop and lock your bike somewhere, they come and take it so you pay a $100 bike fee to reclaim your passport.

aka the Mom said...

Maybe you need to start a new collection for spending money.

James said...

Really, really happy for you. My motto with traveling is "the lower your expectations, the better the trip." For an art fan like you, Rome will be Disneyland. I am sure you have plenty of $ to get you by for a week. Just stay out of the shops on the Via Dei Condotti.

C said...

One word...pizza! You buy it in small shops by the slice and eat it "folded up" while strolling around those amazing streets. There is not a bad cup of coffee to be found in the city. I even had a memorable meal sitting outdoors at the McDonalds opposite the Pantheon. (don't judge! I was there with my three small children). Unbeatable view.

My favorite shop was Ai Monasteri (near Piazza Navona). They sell food, wine and other goods made in Italian monasteries. Their chocolate is to die for:

http://www.aimonasteri.it/indexen.html

Most memorable experiences were underground...highly recommend the Scavi tour under St. Peter's if you can score tickets at this late date. Also loved the Basilica of San Clemente near the Colloseum. Can tour 2000 years of layers of history under the church.

Download some podcast tours before you go.

Have fun!

lettersfromchristine said...

God bless you on your trip! If you haven't booked a hotel yet, check this out: http://www.santasusanna.org/comingToRome/convents.html

O Senhor te dê a paz ! said...

Congratulations on being chosen one of the meetings of the bloggers! Peace and good!

The Crescat said...

All... yes I have my passport and thanks to the generosity of someone who is blessed to live in Rome I have a place to stay.

cagayano said...

hello!! God bless you on your trip to the Eternal City!!!

Crescat, uhm please pray for my mom and dad that they may be united in the Sacrament of Matrimony.

Thank you in advance!!! :)

Cruise the Groove. said...

kAT,
Make sure you get protein in your diet.
Protein goes a long way to stabilizing your blood sugar level after you crash from the spike in insulin that ramen noodles gives you.
In other words if you eat mostly carbs you will get tired.
If you add prosciutto to it you will have more energy.

Rosemary said...

Just sent you a bit as promised. Hope it helps buy some bread, wine, and cheese. Please do pray for conversions and vocations for my children and grandchildren. Have a wonderful trip! Hugs, Rosemary

LarryD said...

Congrats, Kat! I'm very happy for you - you'll be in my prayers.

Aquinist said...

If I had it to do over, I would take an open air tourist bus on the first afternoon. You're probably too tired to walk around much anyway, and this gives you a good overview and gets you oriented. It's touristy, but after all. . . .

Denita said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!! Say "Hi" to Georg and the Swiss Guard for me, OK?

T said...

Cat, don't forget about exchange rates. The euro is strong against a weak dollar right now.

$484 is 331 euros at the moment; not a whole lot for expensive Rome. Keep this in mind and plan carefully (or at least have a good credit card with plenty of wiggle room.

Gail F said...

Be sure to pray for all of us bloggers here at home... Pray that we do our work well and say what we should say! In a way you are all representing the rest of us; we will be thinking of you (yourself, of course, and you collectively) so please say a prayer for us.

I have never been to Rome but I've been told to watch out for pick-pockets and gypsies.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Don't worry. We'll take care of you.

doughboy said...

ditto on the gypsies warning. cardinal burke tells a story of how he was wrestled to the ground once for his wallet. sheesh!

congrats on your selection & safe travels. continued prayers for an amazing adventure.

Theocoid said...

PLease pray for conversion of heart for my daughter, who had turned her back on the Church but now seems to be open again.

Theocoid said...

And have a great time!