Category Archives: Rome

60 km in Four Days

(click on pictures to enlarge) My foot has healed well I think, since I walked 60 km in 4 days this past week. Two more friends from Dublin came on a visit and the first day, we somehow covered 15 … Continue reading

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Reflections on Solitude and Loneliness

(click on pictures to enlarge) After my guests left, the apartment felt empty and silent and I missed having company. Although I enjoy my solitude and don’t need to be with people all the time, I felt a bit lonely. … Continue reading

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Walking and Eating With Friends

(click on pictures to enlarge) Last weekend, I was down to using just one crutch which made it easier to hop on the bus and go a little farther afield. My increasing ability to walk happily coincided with the arrival … Continue reading

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Cast Off!

(click on pictures to enlarge) My cast was removed on Friday after close to a month but I have to continue using crutches for another two weeks to keep the weight off my injured foot. I can’t describe how wonderful … Continue reading

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Distressed and Disabled

(click on pictures to enlarge) I was practically helpless with my foot in a cast being unable to take care of most of the activities of daily living. My sister Florinda, kindly dropped all her commitments and flew here from … Continue reading

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A Rough Return to Rome

(click on pictures to enlarge) I returned to Rome with a mixture of dread, fear and longing. Dread, because I knew I would be surrounded by memories of Loris and that I would miss him terribly……..I did and still do! … Continue reading

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The Italian Healthcare System

(click on pictures to enlarge) Living in a foreign country, one doesn’t become familiar with the healthcare system unless the need arises. Unfortunately, the need arose and I’ve found more about healthcare in Italy in the past month than I … Continue reading

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Auguri di Buona Pasqua

(click on pictures to enlarge) Easter or Pasqua is a big festival in Italy. It marks the end of Lent which consists of 40 days of prayer, fasting and abstinence. Not that too many lay people take that seriously but … Continue reading

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Rome’s 21st Marathon

(click on pictures to enlarge) It’s a bit late to be talking about the marathon as it happened a week ago on Sunday March 22nd but it was interesting and I thought that those of my readers who are runners … Continue reading

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Lasagna Al Ragu’ Bolognese

(click on pictures to enlarge) A couple of weeks ago, I went to a concert with a friend after which we went for dinner. The restaurant was one where I had eaten before, and where the food is generally quite … Continue reading

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