Should you ever be faced with the prospect of traveling through the night you could do much worse than going by train. It's one of the few modes of transport that is relatively comfortable and offers the rare luxury of being able to stretch your legs should you feel cramped, think about trying that on an airplane. The instant you stand up the pilot would chime in “we are about to go over some turbulence, for your own safety the fasten seat belt signs have been turned back on”... great. But my thoughts over the wonders of modern day transport soon passed taken over by the much more important desire to sleep.
It was about ten in the morning the next day when we chugged into Naples, and soon after my grandfather and I set off to Pompeii. I loved the old town, there's nothing like reliving history through the ancient ruins of a town so wonderfully preserved. For a few hours of what was left of the day I relived the life of a Roman civilian. I was part of a ‘Romanorum congregatio’ and imagined the olive vendors crying out through the streets and the smell of fresh bread from the bakeries. All the signs of a healthy civilisation ingrained into my head, until of course I learned of the irony that this town had been obliterated by molten lava in 79AD and only being rediscovered in 1592. It is now one of the most complete real life records of Rome at the height of its power, it seemed sad to me at the time that one of the only still standing part of Roman civilisation was left because of a natural disaster.
I remember thinking that it was times like this that made travelling worth while. The wealth of memories you pick up along the way and then the holiday itself it all adds up to become one of the best periods of your life. So, if you ever get the opportunity to travel take up the offer and experience life from the forefront, even if you have the most miserable time on holiday the wealth of memories you pick up will be spent time and time again when in conversation or reflection weeks or even years after your holiday, as a Roman would say 'Carpe Diem'.
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