Once we landed, our plan had been to take an express train to Termini, the central train terminal, then ride the metro to within walking distance to our hotel. We ran into a few snags, though:
- We tried to buy a ticket for the express train, but we were stymied because the kiosk insisted we enter a PIN that we couldn't provide, since American credit cards do not have them.
- The ticket vendors from whom we tried to buy tickets only accepted cash, but we only had American dollars.
- We could we get our debit card to work at the ATM because of theoretical insufficient funds.
We felt a bit frustrated at our complete inability to use our own money, but after a very humanizing shower and nap, we briefly explored our neighborhood. We discovered an ATM from which we could access much-needed funds, and wandered into the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori, which is less than half a mile from our hotel. We wandered in and found people praying, which I loved seeing; others wandered in and out, prayed for a few minutes.
|From Rome (December 2014)|
After a wonderful dinner at Il Nipotino del Solitario, we wandered back to our hotel, which has a little courtyard, private for our use. We're already regularly hearing the church bells of the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which we admired from across the street. We're planning on attending Mass there next weekend and may explore it and our neighborhood a bit more tomorrow.