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Day 1-2
After checking in at 6 pm, we all went through customs and made our way to our gate. Shortly afterwards we took off at 9pm with Qatar Airways to Doha, after we ate a quick snack. We arrived at Doha 16 hours later at around 5 am local time. We ate breakfast before taking off at 8 for our 6 hour flight to Rome.

Once we arrived at Rome at around 12pm it took us a good 2 hours to clear customs and pick up our luggage from the baggage claim.

We went to the coach and we're taken Ostia Antica, an ancient Roman fishing town on the mouth of the river that was a centre of trade. We walked in through the main street and passed the fortress that was once situated on the river meander which is no longer passing through where it once was. As we entered into the main village we passed through a cemetery in which people were cremated and their ashes put into pizza oven shaped shelves. We then passed through the baths of the town and looked at the amazing mosaic tile bases that still lie there, some being of boats, goats with serpent tails and images of gods.  As we went further into the village we came across the storage areas where the food used to be held, next we came to a massive amphitheater built on the side of a square that used to be surrounded with markets, the amphitheater's entrance was a long tunnel, which was situated underneath the seating area. As we passed through the market area we could also sea many different mosaics of items which were underneath the stalls, some mosaics were of elephants, boats, fish and goats with serpent tails once again.

After this we walked into the residential area and looked at the house in the village that was most preserved, this house did not have a roof however most of the layout was still clearly visible, the living and dining room were evidently together, we located the atrium and we even took a look at the bathroom of the house. An interesting thing about the house is that it itself had a mosaic tiled area that was closed off. In this residential area we also took a look at a place where people could wash their clothes and how the liquid used to wash the clothes was actually peopled urine and that people were payed money for their urine for there public washing pools.

After this we went to an 'insula' or a block of flats, which is like our modern day apartment blocks however, in the middle of the block of flats was situated a large courtyard. We also looked at a public bathroom afterwards which was two different adjacent areas of toilets one for the women and one for the men. We then talked about how in the Roman times bathrooms were a social place and a place where people would talk about matters, we also talked about how back then there was no privacy like our current day cubicles but rather all the toilets next to each other with no walls in between.

Finally we looked at the steam rooms (I think they were called) where there was an underground system of heating. To activate this system a slave would usually crawl underneath to create heat and the steam/heat would come out of the stone walls to heat up the rooms.

At last, we walked back to the coach and were taken to our hotel in Rome, where we quickly changed clothes and went for dinner in the next door restaurant, before going back to our rooms and going to sleep.
 W Ioannou
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