Observing Rome – The Trip

ROME RAT BestIt wasn’t easy. First, two hours by train to Stockholm, then a two hour wait for plane to Zurich and another two hour ride followed by a two hour wait for the plane to Rome. We were both a bit hungry by then so we stopped at sports bar in the airport and ordered cheeseburgers. The menu prices were in Swiss francs and we didn’t pay that much attention – how much could a burger cost? We were surprised when they came, cut in half and open faced. We were more surprised when the bill when came – $75!

BurgersI must say they were good, the fries as well, and one beer. I figure the fries were cost 25 cents each.

Rome Bill025

The plane from Zurich to Rome took another hour and a half. It was after ten p.m. by the time we arrived. We’d been up since six that morning. I could hardly keep my eyes open, but the cab ride woke me up. I’ve never seen anything like it. Traffic in India was similar, but this was at high speed, at night, and on a busy freeway. The cars were like caroms that should have been bouncing off one another, but seemed to be protected by in invisible shield. Strangely enough, I never saw a traffic accident in Rome while we were in Rome. Amazing.
Ride to our hotel cost $50, and the driver did not take plastic, another surprise. He took my last euro, but I was happy to be alive. It felt so good to lay down!
Italy Statue - 1 Dbl Crop


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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9 Responses to Observing Rome – The Trip

  1. Travel can be so demanding but it has its rewards, too.
    Fine post, Bruce.

    Best Wishes


  2. Yep, Europe is expensive. 🙂 But have a save and happy trip!!

  3. authorjim says:

    I liked your story of the trip but I wouldn’t like to do it myself.

  4. This has been a long day and I needed that laugh. Thanks.
    Cabs are like that in Mexico and they all honk at intersections to inform any oncoming traffic that they do not plan to stop.

  5. Boy, that has to go down as one hell of an expensive burger Bruce.

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