… however, it was completely buried under 20 meters of ash in lesson than 24 hours.
Seriously, ya'll, Pompeii is probably one of the coolest places I've ever been in my whole entire life. And I pride myself on having been to quite a few cool places during my time on earth. Since my mum and step-dad did about 95% of the planning for this trip, I really didn't look into what we would be seeing, but just planned on showing up in the appointed place in the appointed time, which actually made my Pompeii experience that much better.
I'll be honest: I had a very vague idea of what Pompeii was before I arrived there. I knew that it had been buried in volcanic ash and that there were body casts, but I had no clue how huge the city was or how inventive the Romans living there were. Seriously, they thought of everything! And Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., so all of this stuff had been established long before then. The Romans had streets with stepping stones to avoid wet feet in the rain, plumbing (some of which still exists), huge homes with water collection systems, and some pretty incredible architecture and city planning skillz!
It's amazing to see how many ideas the Romans at Pompeii had 2000 years ago that we are still using today!
If you want to learn some more about Pompeii, hop over to Netflix! Discovery Channel has a pretty good documentary and so does the BBC. They just give you a tiny glimpse into what city life in Pompeii was like before and during the eruption, but after having been to many of the places in the documentaries, I feel pretty darn connected to this city. It's amazing once you wrap your head around all of the events that took place here!
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