What is up??
Ciao, Buona Sera! or Hello and Good Evening if that works better for you.
It’s been almost two months since I’ve been away from home and overseas. My wife and I have stayed in 4 countries now, and everything is going pretty darn good. In just a few days, we will be making our way back to California for an indefinite amount of time. BUT, I wanted to share with you what we cranked out for dinner tonight here at the apartment we’re staying at in Rome for a few nights.
It has been a pretty nasty day weather-wise (lots of rain, thunder and lightning) so with the fruit and vegetable stand below us, and a small market not too far, we decided to crank out our own food for a stay at home dinner. Turned out to be a great idea, as we for sure saved a ton of euros, didn’t have to walk around in our already wet shoes, and we should get a good start on tomorrow which is when we plan on doing some hardcore sightseeing.
I was a bit skeptical on how much and how easy it was going to be to make our own meals while traveling around the past two months. Turns out it is much easier than I thought. The biggest limitations have had nothing to do with finding food items in grocery stores, but kitchen equipment. By that I mean pots, pans, good knives, that kind of stuff. Strange right? Well, here’s the deal. We have rented out apartments this whole trip through a pretty slick website called AirBNB.com and SOMETIMES the kitchens in the various places are truly equipped for cooking, and other times they are really only good for making coffee/tea and heating things up. But one thing is for sure, this place we’re at in Rome is the sweetest kitchen yet. There’s even a blender here!! The video is what we had tonight, and the total price for everything was less than 12 euros (you WON’T find a good meal for cheaper in Rome unless your cousin Vinnie pays your bill or something).
Before anything else, I want to thank all of you who have dealt with my much slower than usual response time to emails the past few weeks. The same goes to everyone who has waited for longer than usual to get your submitted stories posted to the site. And the same goes for people who have wondered why your comments have taken so long to appear on the site. (You got to remember that new people to the site who post their first comment need to have it manually approved by me before additional comments pop up right away. Well, there are some automated spam settings that watch out for weblinks, rated X site lins, and some other stuff too etc…but you get the point I hope:) I apologize for any delays in response time that quite a few of you have put up with from me.
Something I Did Not Know:
We had dinner with some close friends last night, one of whom is in the Italian police force for over 15 years now. I learned that restaurants and shop owners by law have to allow you to use their restrooms in this country! Pretty darn cool eh! It’s pretty funny actually because a week ago we were in Verona (Romeo and Juliet’s home turf right) and my wife’s mom needed to take a piss real bad but we were a ways away from the apartment. Anyways, we walked into a super nice 5 star hotel which I thought for sure was going to turn her away with her bathroom request…but sure enough, the front desk told her instantly where the restrooms were. Point of the story is, when in Rome, or Italy for that matter, don’t use anything less than a 4 star hotel’s bathroom, don’t settle for less when you need to go!
Caio for now,