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Scenes from a National Strike

There was a national strike held today in all of Italy. I first learned about it from Un’Americana a Roma when her post hit my inbox this morning. I next checked out the website, Wanted in Rome, which filled me in on more of the details, as you can see below:

“A national general strike on Friday 18 October will involve a major protest in Rome by trade unions COBAS, CUB and USB, whose members are calling for the renewal of contracts, an increase in wages and pensions and the reduction of working time, as well as protesting against austerity policies in Italy and Europe. Protesters will march from Piazza della Repubblica at 10.00, making their way to Piazza S. Giovanni where a rally begins at 14.00.  Rome’s transport company ATAC has scheduled a 24-hour public transport strike on the same day, from 08.30 to 17.00 and from 20.00 to end of service. The strike affects Rome’s buses, trams and light rail services Roma-Lido, Roma-Giardinetti and Roma-Civitacastellana-Viterbo, as well as suburban bus services operated by Roma Tpl. However Rome’s metro lines will run as normal that day, from 05.30 until 01.30. A previously scheduled metro stike that evening was cancelled following intervention from the city’s mayor Ignazio Marino.”

While sitting at my desk this afternoon I started to hear hovering helicopters and decided to venture out with my cell phone to capture some photos of the rally, which was just up the street from our flat in Piazza San Giovanni.

Here you can see the Carabinieri (federal police) , decked out in full riot gear, on alert, chatting with each other and watching traffic:

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There were Tshirts for sale…

No revolution is complete with out a nap in the sun, a cold beer and a street person begging…

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I’m not sure it all accomplished much except to further disrupt an already disrupted and chaotic place! Viva Italia!

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Italian Summer

The Sea

The Sea

Amazing…another summer in Italia! I caught myself the other day saying to someone, “Well last summer, blah, blah, blah…” Time is flying by!

Just a few quick gems…

My birthday celebration

My birthday celebration

I celebrated my birthday last week. I won’t mention which one… it was quiet during the day, and we had a lovely dinner that night with new and old friends at our local favorite restaurant haunt, Leon.

It’s so interesting in Rome in the summer. There is a plethora of outdoor activities…concerts, festivals, plays, you name it. It’s like THE time to be in Rome. Except there isn’t hardly anyone in Rome except tourists, and the few locals who likely can’t afford to leave and therefore likely can’t afford the ticket prices for the numerous concerts, plays and performances happening all over the citta (city). There are a few freebees, like the festival that happens on the banks of the Tiber River, which becomes lined with restaurants, bars and vendors selling a little bit of everything.

We went to the sea the other day, on Sunday. We have been going to a great beach south of Ostia on Saturdays, leaving our flat at 8:30 and arriving at the sea by 9:30; in plenty of time to find decent parking by the side of the road. Now, since the palestra (gym) is not open on Sundays during the summer and Saturday is really the only day Michael can get there, we went to the sea this Sunday. It was a NIGHTMARE. By 9:30 am cars were double parked by the side of the road and there were polizia (police) at every beach entrance. They were guarding vehicle entry and had tied yellow tape from the back windshield wiper of cars to the bushes to block out areas for no parking. People were literally parking in the bushes. We had to park so far away from our beach that it took us 45 minutes to haul ourselves there. I was NOT happy. Luckily, once we finally made it, the sun was shining, our beach wasn’t packed with millions of bambini (children), the sea was warm enough to swim in and there was a great breeze. The walk back to the car seemed shorter, as is the case after having wine with lunch, and when you know where you are going.

I started to follow a fellow blogger, Un’americana a Roma and she reposted this gem. It’s too good not to share and really just says it all…hand written note and “not quite” duck tape…about the Roman/Italian summer.

[“Found this gem on Diexx88′s Blog, charming, filed under “cazzate” (random BS) and “estate” (summer).]

“Closed for Vacation, for condoms and Viagra go to the bicycle repairman on Via dei Macci, thanks”


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