Update: I’m in Rome now. WoOt and all that. Posting rate to decrease, probably. More comments on Rome as I think of them.
For now, all I have to say is – ruins are awesome. We spent today going around some of the major spots in Rome (St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon, mainly), and along the way passed by a bunch of old Roman ruins they had excavated. They were amazing. Not to say that the Basilica and the Pantheon weren’t amazing too (St. Peter’s was, if possible, more impressive than I had expected it to be), but they are so in different ways. With ancient ruins of random buildings, you just get this sense of how ancient the city is, how long buildings can last, and also the feeling that, even if the building lasts for two thousand plus years, as some of these have, they will, eventually, fall apart. The ruins that we see are just a fragment of the building that was once there.