Okay, last night I did not sleep nearly as well as I would have liked. The only physical disadvantage of our apartment is its location on a busy street and the silly garbage trucks make an unbelievable amount of noise at 6:30 – UGH.
Last night, Lauren called a cab for Maria and I and arrived at the apartment on Via Goffredo Mameli at around 11. We loaded our stuff into a teeny-tiny 8 square foot elevator and inched our way up to the tre piano (4th floor) and our lovely, lovely apartment. The building itself has a small atrium between the two ‘wings’, and our apartment has shuttered windows which open to both the atrium (east) and the via (west), as well as a balcony connected to the living room, which looks out over the street.
When I said, lovely, I meant it – we have a brand new kitchen with granite counters, built-in refrigerator and freezer, gas range, oven, dishwasher and a small washing machine (no dryer though – my poor jeans!). There are three bedrooms, two baths (one has a shower, another a full bath), a living room with a sofa, armchairs and a TV, connected to the kitchen. The doors are narrow, but the ceilings are high (14+ feet) and our bedroom features a built-in closet unit thing which is really cool, but the doors squeak like an injured animal – jeeze! The only downside to our apartment is the distinct lack of internet, but two girls have purchased wifi pens which receive the internet from satellite through a local mobile carrier (€0.50/hour — super cheap!) and they seem to working alright, but as a USB modem, they only serve one computer at a time – blah! Need to get one tomorrow!
After our meetings, Kristin, Kit and I went on an adventure for toiletries and internet sticks of our own (unsuccessfully), found the Via Argentina, Sant’Andrea della Valle (the facade of which is under construction – LAME) went grocery shopping, marveled at the Palazzo Farnese (French Embassy), then headed home.
Threw together a modified chicken pizzaiola tonight – dredged pieces of chicken breast in egg, then finely, finely grated parmesan, sauteed in olive oil, then covered with a sauce of stewed tomatoes, sauteed shallots and mushrooms – surprisingly good, relatively easy, and I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!
Tons and tons of reading for tomorrow, I’ll keep you posted!
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