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    • Day 16

      Stow Your Bags

      July 30, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

      Who knew luggage storage all over the city was the norm?!? I couldn’t check into the AirBnB after disembarking the ship until 3 PM, but also wanted to maximize our short time in Rome; so I was referred to a company all over Rome called Stow Your Bags. Thankfully, we found a place 0.3 miles from the AirBnB, but I have to say, a little misleading on the size…a Max size says it will hold 4 bags, so I reserved one locker. When we arrived this morning, I was shocked to find that their Max size would only fit 1 of our bags 🤦‍♀️ Thankfully I had the ability to book on site and booked 2 more lockers so we could get to our tours.

      It was pretty comical hauling our 3 large suitcases and 2 backpacks all over the “san peitrini” streets which resemble cobblestones. On the walk to the luggage storage we passed some nice al fresco dining places, shops, and cafés.
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    • Day 16

      Mythology Heaven

      September 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

      We’re pleased to report that we’ve found an even more applicable Italian phrase for good luck: “in culo alla balena” which roughly translates to “in the butt of the whale,” as it related to the biblical story of Jonah who was swallowed by a big fish and preferable to climb into a whale’s tush than try to home school our own kids. Usually, one pupil is obliging and the other more resistant; the kids shape shift like Maui between those two roles. From what we’ve heard from our teacher friends, recovering from summer slump and getting into a routine takes time in most classrooms. It doesn’t help that we haven’t established a routine and are still getting over jet lag, but we’re hopeful that it will get easier over the coming weeks.

      While we’re still figuring out the homeschooling part, the worldschooling part of the trip has been pretty amazing. We had a Heroes of Olympus/Roman Mythology tour of the Capitoline Museum that Lewis loved (and Andrew too for the first 30 minutes or so). The tour guide was surprised by how much mythology Lewis knew and how eagerly and humbly Lewis probed what he didn’t. We learned about the “hand of doom,” how someone’s relative size showed their importance, how powerful people were often depicted naked (fun times), and like a Roman horse, Andrew must be fed, watered and run if we expect him to listen to a tour for a few hours!

      If you’re anything like Andrew, you’ll be pleased to know that the kids did in fact watch Gladiator and were extra excited to visit the Colosseum. They enjoyed walking around and seeing where Maximus-like gladiators battled.

      We head to Sorrento tomorrow to visit Pompeii & Herculaneum, climb Mt. Vesuvius, and do an amazing hike along the Amalfi coast that our friends recommended.

      FWIW, the proper response to “in culo alla balena” is “speriamo che non caghi” which essentially means: “I hope it doesn’t poop!” Italian is a phenomenal language!
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    • Day 20

      Last nights in Roma

      May 29, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Here are some more from the Borghese… I think I looked a lil more like this lady than the statue from a previous post so I thought I would share.

      We then went to a pretty roof top for dinner and then saw Emiliano again and I picked some flowers 🌸 and they looked very pretty on Emiliano- really brought out his eyes.

      We did a final washing load (we are very clean ladies) and then went out for dinner with Elisa Blu and Pietro, where we got Trapassini and they were so so soooo good. Pietro gave us a last car ride tour around before we had to wake up early so we catch the train to Florence. 🦋🤘⛲️🌸🎒💚🥰🤓🤌
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    • Day 13

      Just Rome-ing Around…

      July 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 91 °F

      We made it to Rome, in the Lazio Region! And, once again, we did not take the easy route.

      We left our little Assisi albergo early enough to make sure that we could catch a bus to the Assisi train station. We planned on taking the veloce train, which means we’d be on a fast train without any changes (it’s the getting off one train and getting onto another, different, train that seems to be a tough task for us) all the way to Rome. While waiting at the bus stop, an older gentleman came up and asked if we were waiting to go to the train station on the 10:15 bus. We were. And, in very basic Italian, we explained to him that we were heading by train to Rome.

      We got on the bus with this man, another older gentleman and a young couple. We shared with the couple that we were heading to Rome directly by train. “E così sei tu? (and so are you?)” we asked. “Si! Si!” they affirmatively shouted.


      This should be easy! We were all on the same bus, on time, heading to the same train station, and then all boarding the same train to Rome.

      “What could possibly go wrong?” we dared to wonder. You would think we would have learned our lesson about that question a few wrong turns ago.


      The bus pulled up to a building and one of the men kept saying over and over again a word we were sure meant “church “ in Italian. He seemed to be saying it more towards the couple. Which, was confusing, since the couple had just told us by saying, “Si! Si!” that they, too, were heading to Rome.

      The bus driver then parked and turned off the bus in front of the building. The two old men motioned frantically to all of us to get off the bus and follow them. So, everyone got off the bus and ran to another bus with an engine already running. The same driver of our first bus jumped on board and whisked us away to our next destination. We could hardly believe our luck with how helpful these men had been! How would we have known to change buses so quickly?

      As the bus pulled away from where it had stopped and left the first bus, we looked a little more closely at the building fading into the distance; it had tracks and rail cars and, well frankly, train-y stuff.

      About six minutes later our second bus stopped and the 2 men were gesturing at us again, but this time to get OFF the bus. The couple jumped out. We followed. And the bus, with the driver and our 2 helpers, took off.

      As the bus pulled away, much like a curtain opening, we looked up and saw the most magnificent Chiesa Santa Croce of Assisi (there’s that word we heard!). Here we were, in 95 degree heat, not standing in front of a train station and definitely not in the mood to tour another church. The couple happily waved at us, while speaking in a language that was definitely not Italian, as they walked away merrily taking pictures.

      We now had only 20 minutes to make it to our train departing for Rome…

      So, we ran nearly a mile (okay, maybe it was less than that, but still…) back to the place where we’d been uomo-splained (yes, even in Italy, men man-splain, apparently). Sweaty and tired (sorry, but you needed that mental visual), we arrived in time for our train to Rome.

      And, then with 5 minutes before our train’s arrival, the screen started blinking, “cancelled.” One of us let out a cuss word a bit louder than expected. A young man nearby repeated the word and we all had a laugh (it beats crying at this point). We then walked together to the ticket machine, because there was no train employee around to explain what we should do next. We found another woman at the ticket machine in the same predicament.

      That young (26!) man’s name is Vincent.
      He is a 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Croatian German seminary student (to become a Dominican priest) studying in Rome. Vince shared with us that he was on his way to being a professional basketball player in Italy, until an injury changed the course of his life. Side note: he’s also a huge Damian Lillard fan.

      Rita is an incredibly kind Italian woman still living in Switzerland after the death of her husband. After figuring out the train situation, which would now include a transfer to get to Rome, we joked about being “Team Roma” (although it wasn’t a joke to us as we were now in trauma-bond mode with these 2 humans). We made sure to all sit together on the 2 trains to Rome, and spent the entire 3+ hours talking and asking questions about our families and our lives. Vince was the translator, tour guide, and absolute joyful and calming presence for all of us.

      We made it to Rome, exchanged contact information with our new friends, and set off to see the final stop on our abbreviated itinerary. And why not finish with pizza in the Vatican Piazza?

      Although this trip is shorter than we’d originally planned, we have had months of experiences in these past 2 weeks. Every situation that seemed unfixable or impossible became fixed for the better, leaving us with a reminder that there is a lot more good in the world than the news or social media, or even our own negative thinking, would have us believe. How lucky are we to get this mid-life lesson - and in Italy, too?!

      It’s worth repeating… La vita e’ bella!

      Thanks for coming along on this little adventure with us. It’s been fun to share these moments with you.


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    • Day 85

      Rome Day 2

      December 4, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Ruby seems to have a persistent virus that leaves her tired in the afternoon. She had done 2 Covid test both negative. Ruby reports to be feeling better today, but she's loosing her voice. So to get her to full recovery, we decided to stay in and rest another day. Only went out for pastry and my coffee in the morning, and lunch. I got fish to cook in the apartment for dinner.
      I did go on my own for a little explore of 3 churches in Trastevere in the late afternoon while Ruby rested.
      The churches were beautifully decorated with mosaics and some amazing scupltures.

      Distance walked 5.8km
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    • Day 7

      Plan B

      April 26, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      I arrived at my room, ready to nap before dinner. I had a text that the dinner was canceled! The one thing i really wanted to do. Okay...plan B.

      I headed towards the piazza, for a place called Ottello's. It turned out to be packed, with a long line. So I wandered aroundand found a cramped little table at Mimi e Coco Tras. I walked up and said that I was solo and I'll take that table. That worked!
      I sat next to a cute family that was speaking English and German. There was a boy, around 8 years old, who was cracking me up. Eventually I found out that she's from New Zealand and he's from Switzerland, which is where they live. The boy told me all about the Trevi Fountain.

      I had just paid my check and who do I see? Bryan and the doctor! The funny thing was that I had a premonition that I would see them again... We walked around and chatted, winding up at the Piazza Maria. I have their info and hopefully we will FB friend. They headed to Trevi Fountain and I headed home.
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    • Day 8

      Acqua Paola

      April 27, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 59 °F

      After breakfast I decided to walk up to the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola, since I missed it last night. It was a nice walk, with much of it on stair paths. The view was amazing, and the fountain as I remembered from 2019.

      I met some folks from the UK or Australia (I can never tell) that I did a group picture for. They invited me to sightsee with them! I passed, but what a nice gesture. Must be Aussies!

      I walked home a different way, through the more posh part of the town, ending up in the main district. I thought about stopping for lunch, but it was too early. I saw the covid test place, and picked up a form for tomorrow's test. I saw the suppí place and bought one for 2€ to bring home.

      Currently relaxing on the balcony with supplí, mozzarella, and some Orvieto Classico. Will leave soon for bike tour.
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    • Day 2


      October 31, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Immer schon wollte ich einmal in diesem Stadtteil Roms wohnen - und nun ist es soweit!
      Trastevere (von lateinisch trans Tiberim „jenseits des Tiber“) ist der XIII. Rione (Stadtteil) von Rom. Er erstreckt sich vom südlichen Tiberknie bis zum Hügel Gianicolo auf dem rechten, westlichen Ufer des Tibers und gilt als das ursprünglichste und authentischste Viertel der Stadt.
      Trastevere war eines der Arbeiterviertel im alten Rom. Es war das Viertel der Ausländer und Randgruppen. Zunächst lebten dort viele Juden, was sich darin äußerte, dass es hier einst zehn Synagogen gab. Auch die ersten Christen Roms siedelten hier.
      Und hier werde ich mich dem Dolce far niente, dem süßen Nichtstun, widmen (Sightseeing natürlich ausgenommen!).

      Mein Appartement hält was es versprochen hat!
      Innenarchitektur vom Feinsten (dank der Besitzerin die mich auch empfängt). Hier werde ich mich sehr wohl fühlen😊
      Leider merke ich beim frühabendlichen Spaziergang dass ich doch ziemlich müde bin …… werde wohl heute bald schlafen gehen🥱
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    • Day 5

      Rome--Trasveres Friends B&B

      April 24, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

      I arrived on time at Termini. I thought about having lunch at the station, but i still wasn't hungry I did take a taxi, as I didn't want to drag my bags on the bus.

      It took about 20 minutes to get here. This is a rough looking neighborhood, but close to a lot of things. The B&B is on the 4th floor of a low-rise building. The host is an older gentleman and I'm guessing, his wife. My room is next to the kitchen and has a shared balcony. There's a twin size bed, wardrobe, desk, and the bathroom is large.

      I unpacked and am charging my phone. I will head out and get some food and wine. I think I will stay in tonight--especially if it's raining!
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    • Day 52

      Day 52: Palazzo San Callisto

      January 26 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      The Palazzo San Callisto is also known as the Palace of Saint Callixtus. It is one of the extraterritorial Properties of the Holy See. The entire complex is one of the areas of the Holy See regulated by the 1929 Lateran Treaty signed with the Kingdom of Italy. As such it has extraterritorial status.Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Trastevere, Trastévere, טרסטוורה, トラステヴェレ, Regio Transtiberina, Zatybrze, Трастевере, 特拉斯提弗列

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