Perhaps it's only appropriate that just days after starting Seneca's tragedy Thyestes in my Latin class a tragedy befalls the house of Markatos. On January 31, 2014, my camera, beloved companion of four years, gave up the ghost during a gristly trek to the Vatican museums in a torrential downpour. Evidently if you stand (or walk) in the rain long enough, water can seep through your backpack and into the battery flap of your camera so that you effectively short-circuit it when you flip it on in that moment of panic after removing it from said backpack to see if it got wet. Even after taking my camera and battery to blow dryer and bag-of-rice, the poor thing just wouldn't work. Thankfully, I was able to find a replacement on Amazon Italy which should be arriving soon, but that's a rather regrettable sum of money I wasn't planning on spending while abroad; though if it means getting to document my next four months the Tim Markatos way™, well...
(To balance the bad news, I at least got to see the Sistine Chapel, which you can't photograph anyway.)
Before this tragedy struck, we (miraculously!) had a perfect day for our trip to Tarquinia and Ceveteri to learn about the Etruscans and examine some of their tombs. To give you an idea of the weather we had and the things we saw, behold the last pictures ever taken with my camera before its untimely demise:
Thursday of last week was another drizzler, which ended up not posing a problem as our scheduled trip was to the Villa Giulia Museum to continue our studies of the Etruscans. Terra cotta sculpture was the order of the day, with a few cameos by famous artifacts in the world of archaeology: the Chigi Vase and Sarpedon Krater.
While the rain has yet to let up, adventures still abounded. Saturday night, a group of us trekked back to the Vatican (this is becoming a regular seem, it would seem) to track down Bonci's Pizzarium, a hidden gem known only to tourists who watch plenty of Food Network. The place itself had no indoor seating, so we split 6 pizzas eight ways while huddling around the bar under the awning outside. But it was so. worth. it. As my facebook followers have already seen, I had to buy another pizza for myself after the sharing was done because it isn't every day that spinach, artichoke, and grilled onion grace the surface of warm bread this veganly and this deliciously.
Today had its fair share of...interesting...excursions, to be shared on another day. By which time I will hopefully be again in possession of a functioning camera. *fingers crossed*