It occurred to me that I never actually posted an image of the Campo – so there it is!
Anyway, today began with clear blue skies, a brilliant sun, and only a few puddles as reminders of yesterday’s storm. Unfortunately, this lovely atmosphere did not last past 10h15, and there I was: stuck outside the Lateran in a long sleeved shirt, capris and Birkenstocks, it is now 45 degrees, overcast and threatening to rain. If you’re thinking to yourself “Gee Kelsey, why didn’t you learn from your near drowned-popsicle experience yesterday and wear real clothes?”, you would not be alone and the answer is simple: after yesterday’s fashion fiasco, I decided to do laundry because I had 3 pairs of dirty jeans and one pair of soaking wet jeans. Logical, no? Too bad our apartment, lovely though it is, does not have a dryer (which I knew) and because of the turn in the weather, the ambient temperature was not enough to dry my pants by this morning. For the record, I did bring a jacket to class, but because I was sweating outside Palazzo Pio, I elected to leave it inside with my computer stuff. Bad, bad decision. In any case, today was still quite enjoyable, and it did manage to stay dry until I was safely tucked away inside the medieval tower (aka student lounge).
We began our day at S. Maria sopra Minerva (remember Bernini’s elephant? The church behind it.) with a discussion of the Carafa chapel and Filippino Lippi’s frescoes of the Annunciation and scenes from the life of St. Thomas Aquinas, therein. Next, we hopped a bus (yes, all 25 of us – yikes!) to S. Clemente, out by the Lateran. Unfortunately, the holiday schedule (Easter [It. Pasqua] is observed full-force Monday, also), we had an hour and a half to kill before the doors reopened for the afternoon. Fortunately, you can hardly go a meter in Rome without encountering a monument or relic, and the basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati is less than 5 minutes away. The Sisters were very nice and let us into the otherwise closed chapel of S. Silvester (one of few examples of well-preserved Medieval frescoes in situ), through the basilica and into the cloister.
As of now, I blog to you from the desk of my new position as library intern! For $10/hour I reshelve books, cover paperbacks in dust jackets, refill the copy machines, and yell at people to be quiet. Cool huh? And, provided that all of those things are done, I can use the wifi for the remaining 49% (or less) of my shift.
Hideshi Kibi performing on Ponte Sisto this morning