September 29th 2015
Today we explored Rome on our first day of our trip here. And my first impressions?
Well, it’s all kind of… Falling down.
And I know that that’s kind of the point of the ‘ruins’ but everything looks really, well, ruined.
The effect of that is that it makes everything seem really, really old. And you’re affected by that, I am at least, because you think of the fact that the ground upon which, and buildings in which you are standing have been there for 2,000 years.
And you look at a construction like this
And you think that it’s just not possible that something as majestic as that, something as structurally perfect (I mean, it’s falling down a bit but still…) was built in an era that my brain can’t even comprehend.
The Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine, they’re all kind of falling down, crumbling, toppling over, and I don’t know the history behind why that’s happened, I don’t know if it’s just natural decay or if it was bombings during a war, or just really bad wind, but that kind of adds to it. These monuments have existed for the entirety of human history anno domini, they’ve been erect for literally every event to have every happened in post-Roman humanity. And now I’m wandering between them taking selfies and hoping nothing falls on my head.