Friday, April 29, 2011

Roma... day 1

... First let me apologize. I had hoped to have cell phone use with my smart phone, which is stupido phone for the duration of my trip. I can not twitter and post photos like I had planned. I can; however, blog sporadically. So when I say "Rome, Day 1" it is in actuality day 2 here.

As I stepped off the plane at Fiumicino my exhaustion was replaced with adrenaline. The airport is a chaotic nightmare, by the way. Still I managed to navigate my way unmolested by gypsies to Trastevere where I met H., who was so gracious to provide accomadations. Quite nice and comfortable accomadations at that.

Within five minutes of our meeting I was fed. Roma. From there we took the train to S. Marinella where H. lives. The train ride was a marvel in itself. To my left were rolling Etruscan hills dotted with poppies and sheep. To my right was the glittering blue Mediterranean, like a wet rippling jewel. We passed a 13th century castle, whose name fails me at the moment, and houses with stucco roofs that had flowering plants and laundry spilling over the balconies. Then we arrived in the seaside town of S. Marinella, my home for the next week.

My first night in Roma I ate my dinner on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and watched a naked toddler and his mom swim in the frigid waters. Not in a creepy way, of course. In a "oh, that's so Italiano" way. I soaked my feet in the icey water and buried my toes in the sand. Then I decided to take out my camera and record some of the scenery... Stucco houses looking out to the sea with pristine gardens fragrant with lemon trees and palm trees. Rose bushes spilling over garden walls and a sweet flowering bushes that smelled like honey suckle. All these sweet smells mixed on the salty breeze of the sea.

By night fall everyone had come out on the street to enjoy the cool air and the streets where filled with beeping cars, the smallest cars I've ever seen by the way, and whizzing Vespas. People's salutations of "ciao" where everyone. S. Marinella is a very friendly town. I'll get to Rome's manners tomorrow.

The first thing I learned was what the proper function of the sidewalk is; to let your dog take a dump on and where to park your car. I find the street to be the much safer place to walk.

Oh, I only had my butt grabbed once and honestly, I think it was just a pick pocket. I was thoroughly disappointed.

15 comments:

Suburbanbanshee said...

Hurray! I was wondering how you were doing.

nazareth priest said...

Enjoy Roma!
And keepa you handbag very clossa to you! (I rode the subway in Roma...very creepy...esp. when a guy tried to get my wallet outta my pocket...while watching my eyes...very creepy!).
Have a great festa, dear!

Just another mad Catholic said...

@Kat

good to know that you got there safely


@NZP

was that the time you went to see Card. Burke?

Dorian Speed said...

I am so happy for you that you are making this trip! I look forward to more dispatches from the field.

Mary Christine said...

It is wonderful to read about your trip.

Dvora said...

Kat, I am sooooo overcome with holy envy!! Pizza in Trastevere is an unforgettable experience... hope you get the opportunity! Enjoy your trips on the ferrovie... I can't wait to see your photos! Ciao for now... DT

Adoro said...

Girl, I am so happy for you and I admit I am very un-holily envious! LOL!

Pray for us and ask especially for dear soon-to-be Blessed JP2's special intercession!

The Crescat said...

Oh, and the butt grabber was not in S. Marinella but on the packed train coming back from the Vatican.

Suburbanbanshee said...

People look into your eyes to see if you're going to attack them. (Watching eyes is faster than watching hands.)

PiusLad said...

Great to meet you, and great to have you here in the Bel Paese!

Denita said...

Enjoy yourself!

doughboy said...

oh to have one's butt grabbed *sigh* so jealous. the scenes you describe sound like the art you often post. are those smart cars you're seeing about? i've started seeing americanized versions round my neighborhood the last couple years. huzzah for you. :D keep us posted.

Anthony S. Layne said...

Glad you're safe. Of course, you will eventually post the pics, right?

romishgraffiti said...

Getting any feel over there over the announcement of the death of bin Laden?

Old Bob said...

Dear Kat, I'm glad you're having a good time, and I hope it keeps up. Bless you!