Conversations of 5 Travelers on Their First Night in… Rome.
Int. Hostel common area — night
BLAISE is pouring wine for KEIRA, CELESTE, LUCAS, and TOM.
LOWER THIRD: Blaise (The Know-It-All)
This is an old vine Denominazione di origine controllata. The subtle flavor profile —
Will I get drunk?
Then fill ‘er up, buddy boy.
LOWER THIRD: Lucas (The Partier)
Keira has her smartphone out and is taking a close-up picture of Blaise’s hand pouring the wine into a glass.
Do you want a glass?
No, I just want the picture of the glass.
LOWER THIRD: Keira (The Social Media Junkie)
LOWER THIRD: Tom (The Travel Virgin)
Celeste holds up her wine for a toast.
LOWER THIRD: Celeste (The Wanderer)
Blaise, Lucas, and Tom enthusiastically raise their glasses, ready to clink (Keira is on her phone, never looking up). Before they can clink, Celeste continues.
Bummed out, everyone sadly clinks their glasses.
They put down their glasses without taking a sip. Celeste drinks her wine. Keira looks up from her phone.
Let’s get our party on, guys. I know a club in Testy Cico that’s swarmin’ with honies.
Um, it’s pronounced Testaccio.
It’s pronounced “Italian babes in need of a man.” Tom, you know what I’m talking about.
Do I know what you’re talking about?
Yeah, dude. Chicks dig foreigners. Go overseas and get under the sheets.
(not looking from phone)
He’s right. You just have to be confident. And use a lot of direct eye contact.
Wow. This just keeps getting better and better.
You and me, kid. We’ll hit the town.
You know, Rome actually has incredibly significant cultural landmarks you can visit instead of “clubbing at the discotheque.”
Yeah, let’s sit in an old church on a Saturday night. Come on, dude. Celeste, wanna wingwoman us?
I was planning on taking some hallucinogenics and following the ancient aqueducts on a vision quest.
So that’s a no. Keira?
(not looking up from phone)
Does the club have wifi?
I’m thinking yeah. Rome’s hip like that.
Sure, I guess.
Sweet. Blaise, you gonna stare at rubble in the dark or do you want to experience the craziest night of your life?
I was planning on looking at ruins — not rubble — but I might as well join you. It’s not like the ruins are going anywhere.
Blaise laughs at his own joke. Everyone else smiles politely.
Let’s move. Celeste, happy vision questing.
Celeste pops a pill and takes a swig of wine. Lucas, Tom, Keira, and Blaise get up to leave. As they leave…
Beats me. We’ll know when we get there.
I’m glad I’m going. You’d get so lost without me.
You’re right about that. I’m gettin’ tanked tonight.
I love you guys!
Easy, kid. You’re not even drunk yet.
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