I am exhausted, but before I crawl into bed and collapse, I wanted to post a couple of pictures from today. I managed to find the IES Rome office. It should have taken about 30 minutes to walk there and I allowed for an hour, and it worked out perfectly. They promptly put me in a cab and took me right back to the neighborhood where my hotel is to look at one of the student apartments. Good meetings, nice people, and afterwards I was able to see one sight in Rome - St Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City. Pictures don't do it justice.
The walk home is where things fell apart. I didn't get lost (at first), but the map didn't show that the road I was following isn't walkable for an important section, and then I was stuck backtracking because of the medieval walls that block everything off, and the upshot is my feet are incredibly sore and my spirits a bit dampened. I'm sure in the morning I'll feel differently. I don't want to complain (mostly because I know I won't get any sympathy), but it is a bit frustrating to be so close to all of these amazing things and yet unable to go see or enjoy them. I guess close is better than nothing at all, though, and maybe one day I'll get to come back and see the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum. And have a glass of wine.
I'm taking a cab to my appointment tomorrow. That's my end-of-day resolution. One more school in Rome, and then I leave for Perugia. Ciao!