yes, we made it. and all in one piece, with the exception of our suitcase (which apparently found itself in the middle of a airline-sponsored tug-o-war match, which clearly ended in a tie, with a leg of ryan's pajama pants waving in defeat through a seam.)
we just checked out of kennedy hotel and are on our way to termini to catch our train to civitavecchia to catch our boat! yay!
hope all is well at home; we'll write again as soon as we can.