After thinking about things for not even a day, I decided that I did want to be part of this once in a lifetime event on May 1, when Pope John Paul II will be beatified at the Vatican. I have spent the past two days scrambling to find a room at an affordable price in Rome during that time. Of course anything that was available before the grand announcement is either no longer available, or else has doubled in price. In other words, rooms that were $250 a night are now $500 a night and more.
Luckily for me, I was able to secure 4 nights in Rome at a very affordable price, through Monastery Stays, a booking company that arranges accommodations at convents and monasteries throughout Italy and other countries as well. It even includes breakfast. This will be a new experience for me, although I am just thrilled to have a place in Rome! Now I am able to say that I will be one of the two million visitors expected in Rome on May 1st.
I will be writing more on that later, you can be sure.