By Dub W., Cultural Embrace Au Pair in Rome, Italy

I wish I’d taken pictures today… It was a beautiful day and I saw some beautiful things… but that just leaves all the more reason for all of you to visit Roma. 🙂

Since the kids were going to play futbol this morning I decided I’d go get my workout on too. I wanted to change things up a bit though… so I decided to run to Villa Borghese… and then just run around there until I got tired then run back. So I got dressed in my running best… (I’d washed my pumas since they’d gotten pretty sick/nasty in all the mud/sweat/rain) and hit via Nemorense-> via Tagliamento->via Sebino->via Po->some street I don’t know the name of because it’s so small…->Villa Borghese! ARRIVO! Since it was a beautiful Saturday morning/afternoon there were lots of people in the park which makes running more enjoyable since it enhances the landscape and adds to the “dodge-factor”. So I started in some areas that I knew, the Villa Museum, the Cavalli del Mare fountain, the ‘Globe Theatre’, the Lake… then I made some new turns and ended up near a beautiful oval pond surrounded by greenery, then near a huge series of descending stairs that led to ascending stairs into another museum… I did a little Rocky fist pump at the top… 🙂 Then I went around a consulate or embassy from somewhere… it had a nice view… then I somehow ended up in another part of the park that I’d not been to before that was REALLY pretty! As I approached an intersection of paths I read a sign and one of them said “viale l’orologio”, clock street. A no brainer. 😉 As I was running I saw a neat fountain and when I ran by it it was a small pond of water with a central displaying clock and plants growing on and around it… it was like it was made for me. 🙂 I LOVE IT! But just around the corner from the “Dub-Fountain”, I saw the most amazing view of Roma. I ran the length of the panorama then realized I was at the top of the Spanish steps… /:) Rocky ain’t seen nothin’ yet… I ran down the steps… dodging… around the fountain… then back up the steps… dodging like a Blitzball player dodging lightning bolts… when I’m at the VERY top, I do a brief fist pump… almost hitting a lady in the face… then descend and make my way back through Villa Borghese. As I’m running back through I’m trying to remember how to get to all these amazing new places.

When I’m getting closer to the flat and I check the ‘pedometer’, it says I’ve been running for just under and hour, but my watch says 1.5 hours. It also says I only ran 3.1 miles, I ran past the library which is 2.2 miles…one way! I think it was just counting slow today. Maybe it just needs to get in sync with the computer or something.

So after I got back, I showered and then sat around for a little while… I wanted to go back to the film festival to see the premiere of Social Network, but it seemed like no one could do it tonight, we decided we’d try again tomorrow.

So I hopped on the metro A and headed to the ‘mall’ on the north side of town, Cinacitta’due, it’s ‘due’ because Cinecitta’ is a movie production company that is at the exit of the metro stop… there’s a nice man in a uniform who asks “Cose fa?” (what are you doing?), when you accidently walk in, but then politely points you in the direction you’re trying to go. Cinecitta’due had lots of stores… most were reasonable… some were a little pricey, and a couple were just ridiculous… but I found my Grandpa’s present in one, it was a nice store, kind of like a Macy*s I guess. Being at the ‘mall’ made me want to eat at the food court… so I looked for one. The closest thing I could find was a ‘fastfood-pizza place’, I had some excessively greasy pizza, 2 lemon teas, and some fried rice/mozarella balls, AND a kinder chocolate egg. Yeah, really healthy, I know. At least none of the food was in excess, right? I enjoyed the mall, but I’ve still yet to find an H&M that sells men’s clothing. Gemma says there is one, but I haven’t found it yet. She said it was at a mall she went to, but I’m not 100% sure where that is. So then after a long walk around the mall, I took the 20min train ride back to my bus stop, then headed home.

I’ve been thinking of going to an Opera this week, but I think I’ll save for an Opera next year when I may recognize ir, or it’s not in French. However, I think my Christmas present to myself is going to be tickets to see, ‘La Bella e la Bestia’, in December. Hopefully before then, I’ll be able to convince someone to join me.

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