Hello, we are in Rome and its so hot, its like a billion degrees. It is so picturesque here and every where you look there is a building ten times the size of any in nz. I'm so lucky today (as part of the conference) we went to see the pope and although there thousand and thousands of people there for some reason our conference got to sit really close to him (we have lots of great photos) and afterwards he came about right up to us. He shook everyone's hand but sadly I was to faraway but he smiled and waved. A mother was holding up her baby from the audience and one of the popes body guards took her baby so the pope could hold her, he gave her a cuddle amd a kiss on the forehead and its was so cute!! (Thursday 3 September)
America is so much fun, it has been such nice weather. The first place we went to was San Fransisco, it was so big haha, there was lots of homeless people there, begging and stuff, so we went around giving them money and Muslie bars. On the second day of San Fran we went on theses really cool old fashioned tram thingys, instead of sitting inside like a normal car or bus or something you had to hold on to poles outside of it. We did lots of shopping as well. The next day we biked over the Golden Gate Bridge, the bridge is so amazing except I got told off many many times for biking on the wrong side of the road, it's really tricky to get used to which side of the car you get into, and it looks like little kids who are sitting in the passenger seat are driving. Three days ago we came to Denver, then had a long car trip to Colorado Springs which is so beautiful. That's where I am at the moment, it's 10.00pm but I won't be tired till about 4 in the morning (still really jetlagged) tomorrow we have a 10 hour flight to Germany then straight after a 3 hour flight to Rome, which should be awesome. I'm a little bit homesick but I'm having a lot of fun, I'm not looking forward to the 25 hour flight home though. I have made lots of friends and pen pals while I'm over here and they hope to come to nelson and stay with us sometime. They all love our accents and they Mimick us haha. Also there are about three Starbucks on each street Keri would like that haha.
|Alcatraz Island, it is an old prison that is infested with great white sharks in the water around it, they put all the worst criminals in there because even if they somehow managed to escape they would be eaten straight away.|