A Supernatural Trip to Rome. Two faithful hunters fighting the Post-Con Blues!
Last week, I happened to be in Rome.
Well…it so “happened” to be JIBCon time, and as my friend Martina and I were lucky enough to catch some tickets last minute (which, if you know JibCon procedures, comes close to a miracle), we made the pilgrimage to Holy Supernatural Land, rosaries and holy water ready in our suitcases (amongst 23 fan shirts, 10 pounds of camera equipment, the very beautiful, big, and HEAVY “The Essential Supernatural” book for autographs, and comfy shoes for standing in line).
JIBcon was awesome. We enjoyed every single minute of it, the actors obviously did so, too (and for those of you who plan on going there: bring extra panties. You might need to change them more often than you think).
And then, we waved our “Thank You”- signs at the fantastic spn cast and Jib staff ….and it was over (well, we still had tickets for the Jason Manns concert, where a few spn cast members showed up and had a good time on stage together, but you know…).
Time to say good bye… *sniff*
On stage at Jailbreak Club: : Rob, Richard, Tamoh..and the wonderful Daniela, goddess of Jibcon.
Jason, Rob, Mandy (Matt Cohen´s wife), Richard, Tamoh, Laura, Daniela, Matt)…they – and we – had fun!
And then….Post Con Blues hit us.
But we still had two days in Rome, which, as they say, is an eternal city, and offers some places worth exploring. Our minds immediately went to the pics Osric Chau tweeted during the JIB days (before he became Master Chau), and we packed our bags and went to find all the relevant places. On our own feet. Pilgrimages are all about walking and suffering, right? It was hot, and we did both.
But…first things first. We had to get our “It´s our first JIB”-souvenirs, and went in search of a tattoo shop. We googled “tattoo shops, Rome”. And were immediately sure there IS an SPN god(dess) somewhere, because…these were the shops that showed up on our map: “Il Segno di Caino” – The Mark of Cain. “Angels and Demons”. “Lucky Signs”. We took that as a heavenly confirmation for being on the right path.
So…we walked the streets of Rome.
And once more, we were reminded of the fact that Supernatural might change your life more than you´d have expected. At least…it changes your perception. Follow us on a short Supernatural references trip through a city the Winchesters have never set foot into, but where their world is present eternally nevertheless!
Angels. They are everywhere.
In Rome, an angel is sitting on top of practically everything (and a pigeon AKA “winged rat” -quote Dean – is sitting on top of the angel).
Michael is swinging his sword fiercefully, “I´m the heavenly warrior number one” – style and all. Show off!
Some of them seem more relaxed. Well, there are angels like Gabe and Balty, right?
In case you haven´t found enough proof our winged friends from Heaven are practically invading the city, follow the numerous signs..
Yes. They even hide in ice cream shops.
Well, and of course there are also those members of the family everyone tries to avoid…
Speaking of Bad Angels…we found Luci´s pet, too.
You know, the tongue-thing never worked for me, but hey… whatever floats your boat!
Additionally, we now know where Raffael has his pics taken.
On our way, we then stumbled over the Roman Hunter Community´s most frequented supply store…
Guess they´ll not run out of rosaries and holy water any time soon…
There is proof of hunters fighting vampires in Rome for about 2000 years everywhere; let me just show you one example for the many, many, many we saw.
And, of course, even the best hunter might some day need a new blade….choose your favorite design!
If some research/recreational time is due…go to one of the bunkers. I bet they have secret wine cellars and their own pizza oven in there, too.
On our way, we happened to pass the place where the Romans enjoyed their 1PS – Nascar Racing. They seem to have been environmentalists, though. Very green, don´t you think?
…until we discovered that, alas, the Croatoan Virus has already reached Rome. Well, it´s 2014, innit?
The city looks pretty crumbled…
We even found a surviving hunter´s car…
Unfortunately, Metatron seems to have come by Rome, too. Who else would leave signs like this one? OVERDOING it again, douchebag!
And, btw, it says “thanks to heaven”, not “thanks to a manipulative slimy copycat named M.”
Slightly disturbed by this fact, we were glad to have a hunter´s eyes follow us….everywhere…GREEN eyes. In a very FRECKLED face.
Even the Pope trusts the Mighty Hunter´s watchful eyes!
Some things just reminded us of SPN too much to be ignored…
Oh, Canada..where the GOOD shows are coming to life…
Cosplayers. They are EVERYWHERE. Priest Sam and Dean seem to have a huge fan base in Rome.
One of the guys living in Sunrise, Wyoming, on march 4th, 1861. He obviously got sucked back into modern times together with Sam and Dean. Poor sod has to live a beggar´s life now..
Something that reminded us of certain scenes in the Impala…or soulless hunters doing their work out, upper body shiny with sweat:
Naked, muscular backs everywhere. The Romans´answer to tumblr: Carve them in stone. They really go for this eternity thing, don´t they?
Whenever we felt lost, or out of energy, Supernatural helped us find our footing again. We turned our faithful eyes where the signs leaded us…to Supernatural Heaven.
..and, sure enough, we found comfort and refreshment.
like…a Tom COLLINS…
and like…PIE! For pre-demonic (*sigh*) DEAN!
After two event- and insightful days, our pilgrimage (and the amount of suffering our feet were able to take) came to an end.
I haven´t told you about the most important of our discoveries yet, though.
Because, cruising the many streets, alleys and places of post-JIBCon Rome, we found the one thing every SPN fan is most eager to lay their eyes on since “Bad Day at Black Rock”:
We found Sam´s shoe.