When I went to the Couch Surfing meetings, in Rome, I had one problem: transportation. I needed a little bit more than one hour to go back home. Considering there was no more buses or subways after midnight, you already know what I mean. So sometimes I decided to just stay… and then walk around the city all night until the first subway arrived.
There was a particular day which was very crazy, though. In the CS meeting, I just decided to take a ride to the west side of the city. A completely useless ride for me, since I live far away south. But if I wanted to walk, it didn’t matter where I was! And I had literally hours to spend, so I better start if from far. I started taking pictures near the Vaticano. Around it, in fact. Until things started to happen.
First I saw a limo and lots of people – all women – celebrating a birthday. The driver was a very formal Japanese man, and the overall arrangement was very funny. Then I found two English-speakers-lost-people trying to find a taxi. I had the taxi number in my cell phone! And it was by then we found out there was a “sciopero” (strike) going on. Yes… no taxi working all over Rome!
In the end I was able to help those two get a taxi… they were living more than 13 km from there! But even with this moving fact, we had to try to stop may be more than 15 taxis before one gave them a chance…
All over my way from the Vatican to the Piazza Venezia, I found groups of tourists. Brazilians, sometimes. Of course when it was after 4 in the morning there was nobody anywhere anymore, and even the Irish Pub was empty.