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A couple of Phoenicians living temporarily in Roma

Archive for the month “July, 2012”

Michael Gets a Car

View of the Colosseo from Pizza Forum

We got a car this week and I captured Michael while having dinner at Pizza Forum (good Neopolitan style pizza with views of the Colosseo), talking about our latest adventure. Enjoy!

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Keeping Cool in the Roman Summer

I made this video the other night of Michael talking about his strategies for staying cool while walking to work in the Roman summer heat. It’s my first YouTube posting. Welcome to the 21st Century, Gerrie! Hope you enjoy it.

 

The Sea

Bikiinis everywhere!

We had the opportunity to go to the sea (the beach at Ostia Lido outside of Rome, which is referred to as “the Sea”) a few weeks ago with our friend Riccardo.

He belongs to a lovely beach club located just off Christopho Columbo, the main road that leads from the city into Ostia. The sand at the sea is grey, but the water is clear and it’s cooler than being in the City Center.

The beach club has a swimming pool, changing rooms, a lovely restaurant, beach huts, and for 13 euro you get access to the facilities and a beach chair that is set up for you. The neighboring beaches are packed with people on the weekend, but this one’s less populated, which is lovely.

There are however, too many men wandering around selling everything from fresh coconuts, to beach towels to purses and even high heels! And the women! Everyone wears a bikini, regardless of her size.

Selling at the Sea

I had such a nice time at the beach that Sunday that I decided to venture there myself the other day. I packed my beach bag, went online to research the route via public transportation (a bus, then the train, then a short walk) and headed out the door.

I waited 20 minutes at the bus stop before actually looking up to discover, I was at the wrong bus stop! I went home frustrated and called Michael.

He encouraged me to try again after I figured out the right bus stop. So out I headed again, this time to the correct bus stop. And I waited. And waited. And waited. No bus.

It was late morning by now, so I went home, showered, deciding that I wasn’t really supposed to go to the beach that day. I headed out again, walking to the correct bus stop, and took the bus across town to see Castel Sant’Angelo. More about that adventure soon.

Buying on the beach

A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Thanks to Santana for letting me use the lyrics from his song…

In the last post I wrote, Isis hired a lawyer. I’m happy to report she has not filed divorce papers yet, is alive and well, and survived our month back in HER house in Phoenix.

My Loves – Isis and Michael

It felt like a bit of a culture shock to be back in AZ for the month we were there. It was great to see our friends and family, work again for pay, and remember all the stuff we have there. Lots of clothes! I had a great time shopping in my own closet and packed suitcases with favorites to bring back to Roma.

While in Phoenix, we went to listen to music Sunday afternoon at the Vig; danced at the Blue Martini; drank wine at Terrior; ate at our favorite haunts like Pita Jungle, Stingray Sushi, Eddie V’s, Roka Akor, Blanco Taco, and AZ88. But it felt like we lived in our cars! Even if there was somewhere close enough to walk, it was too friggin’ hot to do so.

Sunday afternoon at the Vig

We went to Sedona twice during our time at home and  it was sooo sweet. My heart is always at home when I’m there. We saw dear friends, ate well at Picazzo’s and Elote Cafe; and hiked my favorite hike around Chimney Rock and Thunder Mountain. I visited the Amitabha Stupa and finally donated the money I’ve been longing to do for awhile now.

Amitabha Stupa in Sedona

Amitabha Stupa in Sedona

Our trip back to Roma was wonderfully uneventful. I always count my blessings when we arrive safely from a trip. I’ve stayed pretty close to home since we arrived, nesting, walking Michael to the Metro for work each morning and revisiting shops in the neighborhood. It seems hot here without a pool to dive into at the end of the day.

Rome though, has her treasures. The summer is filled with festivals for those souls without the time or means to escape during the hottest months. We have spent the evenings catching up with our friends here; visiting the festivals in our neighborhood near the Colloseum; watching Italia beat Germany and then sadly lose to Spagna in the EuroCup. We went to the sea (as they say) on Sunday, to the beach in Ostia and were delighted with the nearness to our flat, the clearness of the water, and tastiness of the fresh seafood. The Italian women of all shapes and sizes in string bikinis were a sight to behold!

Michael and our friend Teresa at Hotel 47 in Roma

A car is on our horizon, which will free us up for more convenient exploring this summer. But it will be really scary to drive in Roman traffic.

I promise to get back into the swing of things and write more. I’ve so appreciated your loving comments and support of our adventure. Until next time…Arrivederci.

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