Leaping above the birthplace of democracy

April 29th, 2014, 2pm

We wandered through the ruins of the Roman Forum, feeling the sun’s heat of antiquity among the chipped stone walls. The edge of the Farnese Gardens reached out above the city. Thousands of years of history spread out before us.

I climbed on the wall and gazed at the dusty pathway below me. “Attention, hein ?” said a French traveller, “C’est assez dangereux, ça.”

I grinned. Here I was, nineteen years old, standing in the ancient heart of the Roman Empire. My thoughts turned to the myths of Romulus and Remus, raised by a wolf on the Palatine Hill. My fingers brushed the timeless wind. I jumped.

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Jonathon Reed

Cheerful wanderer. Passionate about breakfast and jumping off high things. Exploring is in my blood.

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