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Random thoughts about living in Rome

Travel Tale Interruption: Fleeing Covid-19

I was in the process of finishing Part 2 of my Vietnam adventure last Monday night when The Prime Minister of Italy announced a lockdown on the whole of Italy, to take effect the following morning. The decree not only … Continue reading

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From the Fat into the Fire

When I published my last post about preparing to go to Vietnam and Cambodia, a friend who is also a microbiologist like myself, left a comment saying that I should have titled my post ‘A Microbiologist Goes A-Travelling’. Indeed when … Continue reading

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The Start of 2020 in Rome

I’ve been back in Rome for just under two weeks now. The weather has been beautiful since I got back with sunshine and blue skies except for an odd day of rain. As in previous years, I can’t resist posting … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2019

As I walked past St. Peter’s Basilica a couple of weeks ago, the Christmas tree lights were turned on, it was a magical moment. There are two giant Christmas trees in Rome, one at St. Peter’s and the other at … Continue reading

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No Tourists in This Roman Neighbourhood

I’ve been back in Rome for a couple of weeks and it’s still more or less summer here with temperatures in the mid-20s. The first Sunday I was back, I was invited to join a tour to a less well … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Climate Change Protest March

Climate change protests called Fridays for Future have been taking place on Fridays since 15 year old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish Parliament every school day for 3 weeks in August 2018 to protest against the lack … Continue reading

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The Bridges of Rome

It is very hot in Rome at the moment so last week, when a friend invited me to the launch of a book written by a relative of hers, I wasn’t too keen on being trapped in a hot bookstore. … Continue reading

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Pentecost at the Pantheon

For many years, I have been wanting to go to the Pantheon on Pentecost Sunday and this year I decided to do it. Pentecost was a week ago on Sunday, June 8th. I had marked the date on my wall … Continue reading

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A Visit to Veneto

Receiving holy communion for the first time is an important rite in the Catholic Church and usually takes place when a child is about 7 to 10 years old. Considered as a milestone, it is an important day in Italy, … Continue reading

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Cynthia and Me

Our beloved sister Cynthia left this earthly realm on May 1st. I am so sad that I can’t continue this blog without talking about the influence she had on my life. We are ( I guess I should say were) … Continue reading

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