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At 6:00 PM
May 21, 1998

Sunrise (local): 5:48 a.m.
Sunset (local): 8:26 p.m.
80°F sunny
Traveled Since Last Dispatch
0 mi / 0 km

Cumulative Total
5000 mi / 8052 km
Lat: 41° 54' 09" N
Lon: 12° 27' 26" E
Elev: 322 ft / 98 m

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Roma (Rome)
Where We're Staying: the apartment of our host in Roma, Gianni and Paola
Places We Visited: St. Peter's Square and Basilica and the Spanish Steps
Featured Site: St. Peter's Basilica
Person of the Day: "the bishop of Roma, successor to the prince of the apostles, servant of the servants of God, supreme pontiff of the universal church, patriarch of the West, vicar of Christ, primate of Italy, archbishop and metropolitan of the Roman province, sovereign of the state of Vatican City," or, as Padraic likes to call him, "The Man"
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: spaghetti matriciana
Breakfast: cornflakes, fried eggs, bread and juice
Lunch: sandwiches
Dinner: hot and sour soup, fried rice and various chicken and beef dishes
Olive count: 2144
Word of the Day: "Grazie" click to hear an audio clip is how you say "thank you" in Italian. If you are VERY thankful you could say something like "mille gratzie" - a thousand thanks.
Tech Fact of the Day: Bernini's disappearing columns in St. Peter's Square
Flat Count (Cumulative): 31
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 32
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