We did get out together twice this week, one for Ferragosto, which is a major holiday for the Italians and has religious significance of which I am not totally in understanding, but in any case, the world shuts down, or at least the banks, yes, it is a bank holiday, as even though Rosa guided twice that day (her habit on holidays, her birthday, Pasqua (Easter), and others, we went over to Trastevere and wondered around that evening, tried to find something to eat at a Chinese restaurant, why, after all was said and done, not good. Did I say she is an amazing guide and very dedicated. For those of you who have met, experienced her guiding, she is good, and I am very happy to have her in my life.
Other than that, to keep the Asian theme, we went to a sushi place last night in the old neighborhood, the one we lived in last year and they have a lady robot that serves you. It is a nice way to get your attention and in the end the food is good. It very much made up for the other experience, which was horrible. The issue of trying to find a place to eat in a place like Trastevere, as it has become one of the places to be in this city and being Ferragosto and also many of the places being shut down, the local places for the month of August for their holiday and good for them, is all you really have are touristy places and long lines, and for the record, I do not like long lines, so most of the places we passed, I did not have a good vibe. In the end, the Chinese place was fairly empty and while promising, was not and before we left Trastevere, I got a small slice of pizza, after, wait for it, waiting on a long line, as I was hungry.
In any case, August is winding down and the temperatures this week will be high, but then come September, the temperatures to come down. It is funny that I was here last summer and yes it was hot, but not this hot, and I got used to it. Also, our apartment is on the ground floor and when we let in the “fresh” air, we also let in the mosquitos, the flies and other animals that live in this neighborhood. The mosquitoes are nothing like those back in Minnesota, where it is the state bird, but more like the no see ums that come at you with that high pitched buzz and collect their blood. We finally went to a local store called Maury’s (pronounced Mowry’s), yes this is Rome. It is a chain and has everything from kitchen utensils to cleaning things to chair mats and whatever you can think of, so I bought the killers, organic by the way to get rid of them. In the beginning it worked, but nothing is perfect, so we still, when we let in the fresh air, get visitors and there are only so many plug-ins you can use.
In the end, it has been a normal week, really about nothing very special. It is my busy time as I welcome many sets of clients here to Rome and Italy in general over the next couple of months, some I will have a chance to meet in person, some not, but Rosa will as she will be guiding them here in the Eternal City. Hopefully, and expected, the temperatures will drop and be more pleasant, but she is an amazing guide, a dedicated professional and one amazing lady with whom I am totally in love. By the way, she wants me to go see Barbie with her!!! What sayeth you?
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