Indoors and Nearby
Eternal City Apartment-Life
In and about our Roman indoors.... Starting this lodgings-narative with the sleeping facility seems fairly prosaic, as I think about it. And yet what is found in such a room meant mainly for nighttime repose, reveals interesting concepts. If it were ordinary, a minimal collection of merely functional but otherwise boring furnishings, that would tell us something about the apartment itself and its intention. A bed, sure, offered too often perched on bare floors with maybe a minimal particle-board shelf nearby. Walls with some harmless poster framed, pulled from hundreds of identical items in a local furniture super-store. But not so here. In the above photo, that's a classy, carved wooden bureau, with interesting items arranged on top. Thought has been given to wall art. Designerly pillows and cushions. It shows our host's values. It is as though he has enjoyed crafting this place, but also is glad if we stay here awhile. Excellent.
Then there's the kitchen, where surely we will spend many minutes trying to do imaginative things with the Italian groceries we have accumulated. I am hoping these will accrue in our cotton tote bags, from street vendors at least as much as from any of the easier chain-type markets in walking distance. The idea is to keep the meals experience simple but also as ethnic as we possibly can, within budgetary constraints and linguistic limitations.
Yeah, my pronunciation is improving, but both vocabulary and bravado still lag behind.
Creative imagination has been let loose in this room — one of the features that most attracted me to this particular rental here in Rome.
And here's the neighborhood itself, so near to the Roma Termini Stazione. Our rooms are just outside the left margin of this picture, on the second (European first-) level. To the right side, not far beyond that arch cut into an ancient wall, is where the trains come and go. For decade after decade, they rumble past those silent stone heaps, unimpressed that those rocks stacked up parallel to the tracks, bear witness to a water duct and city walls whose origins date back well beyond the first century A.D.