I woke up after getting just three hours sleep – my body (and likely my mind) is having trouble adjusting to being in four time zones in three days. Breakfast was available to us from 7am to 11am. Generally when given a four-hour period, I will usually opt for a later time. However, given this was my first time ever in Rome, I managed to get up by 8am and make it to breakfast by 8:30am. It was pretty cool: I sat between a Senator and the Director for the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute. I summoned my best table manners as we all enjoyed the breakfast buffet on the top floor of our hotel. The discussion was quite good, and I was able to share about my family as well as ask a few thoughtful questions.
After breakfast I made my way to the office that was set up to assist the Canadian delegation. I pulled out my hastily-written notes of recommended stores provided to me by Msgr. Smith and I punched all of the names into Google maps. A few printouts later and I was off to the metro station to experience my first train-ride in Rome.