Top 10 stops in North-Eastern Rome – Part 2

If you read the previous post successfully, you should be sugar laden and ready to explore a little closer to my place in the African Quarter. Viale Somalia, Viale Libia, Viale Etiopia and Viale Eritrea are the four main roads that delineate this neighborhood, but do not come expecting a vibrant African oasis in theContinue reading “Top 10 stops in North-Eastern Rome – Part 2”

Top 10 stops in North-Eastern Rome – Part 1

The sprawling elegance of the Villa Borghese Gardens – Living in the Northern quartiere, I consider the equisitely Italianate gardens of the Borghese nobility to be a little more central, but are a grand starting point to wander from the city centre (known as centro and pronounced – chen-tro) towards the North. From Piazza delContinue reading “Top 10 stops in North-Eastern Rome – Part 1”

Rome’s buried Golden House – older than the Colosseum

If you have not read “Alice in Wonderland”, you have most likely seen snippets of the Disney take on this classic Lewis Carroll tale: an ingenuous girl with an innate sense of curiosity enters this magical world and embarks on this madcap adventure involving a Cheshire cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Madhatter. ItContinue reading “Rome’s buried Golden House – older than the Colosseum”

The Salento: A solo guide

“Azure waves, burnished by the sun, gently cascade over in a salty spray.” Pretentiously quoting a descriptive piece I wrote in school in Australia,  I realise that my two weeks in Salento this July really were simply that: time immersed in the blue hues of the Mediterranean. This trip had been planned in my mindContinue reading “The Salento: A solo guide”

A year in Rome today!!!!!!!!

So at some point I decided to have a life and neglected posting my musings here (post about Salento in Puglia to follow). That said, today it is officially my 365th day in Roma and I have decided to go through some of the highs and lows of my…7th year abroad (5 in Italy fromContinue reading “A year in Rome today!!!!!!!!”

Roman Playground – The anti-person guide

I never really decided to take a hiatus from posting; I merely slipped into my mundane routine: getting up early, skipping breakfast, dashing to the metro, changing to a rattling bus at the Piramide stop and ploughing to work every day. I am a notorious people pleaser and, at times, I find it hard toContinue reading “Roman Playground – The anti-person guide”

Day 3 of Tuscia – Under the “Tushian” Sun

I have been distracted of late with “red zone” restrictions “suddenly” being foisted upon us. To be fair, it was about time, but I am painfully aware of how this is crushing small businesses here who already pay hefty taxes. To all my Australian friends who wonder why a lockdown did not occur earlier here,Continue reading “Day 3 of Tuscia – Under the “Tushian” Sun”

Day 2 of “not Tuscany” Tuscia: Tuscania and Marta

Tuscania If you have gone through high school in an English-speaking system, chances are you studied or stumbled through Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. More than this, if you were one of those kids who “preferred to watch the movie”, two versions were most likely on the cards: the one directed by Zeffirelli or the modernContinue reading “Day 2 of “not Tuscany” Tuscia: Tuscania and Marta”

Tuscia – Not Tuscany – Day One: Viterbo

MANY people say that teachers have great holidays. I am not here to stand on my soap box and tell you about all the times I spend my holidays working. I am not doing this because, this time round, I prioritised that millennial notion of “self-care” and did nothing. Nothing. Well, nothing except leave RomeContinue reading “Tuscia – Not Tuscany – Day One: Viterbo”