The Vatican Museums is not something you would forget once you step foot into this behemoth institution. The size and grandeur of it all would leave a mark in your brain. The fact that you will soon be able to see the infamous Sistine Chapel will mark a milestone in itself as well.
Museums might sound like a boring and desert place but in the Vatican Museums, expect incessant buzzing of tourists chattering and mad shuffling of feet – it seems like individuals from as as many different countries have volunteered for this tour. Unlike a global event where participants are tagged and snacks are served, this museum is hot, uncomfortable and distracting (not because of the works displayed).
I paid dearly with my pictures as I was reluctantly pushed forward before I could take a picture proper (of course, my then inadequate photography skills did not help matters too). In the end, I gave up snapping and gave myself up to enjoying 5 hours of touring. These pictures are poor representations of my experience – I am at awed and, at the same time, weary of my involvement – perhaps one day I will revisit the Sistine Chapel but for now, they will remain vibrant in my mind – alongside the guards who found it necessary to keep “shush-ing” and ushering us across the hallway of the chapel.