Our challenge for Italy was to “observe a gladiator doing something historically inappropriate (e.g., talking on a cell phone).” To be honest, we had not even started thinking about this challenge yet. After all, there are not a lot of Italian men walking around in gladiatorial costumes.
Then we got to Rome.
The area around the Colosseum and the entrance to the Forum is a bit like Hollywood Boulevard. There were at least a dozen guys milling about dressed like Roman soldiers and gladiators posing for pictures with tourists for money. On seeing this, Kara reminded me of the challenge, and I figured that, given some time, we’d spot a gladiator doing something historically inappropriate.
It took actually took less than a minute. Kara’s dad Mike, who has been touring Rome with us, said “Hey, look,” and pointed out a middle-aged man dressed like a gladiator, animatedly talking into his cell phone while gesturing with the plastic sword in his other hand.