HeartRome

My life and times in the eternal city and beyond

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Eurochocolate 2011 – Perugia

I absolutely love a festival. I’ve been to food and wine festivals, street festivals, music festivals, I’ve even event managed a festival or two! For me, there is just something special about them. While not always immediately visible, a festival has a long lasting and profound social, economic and cultural impact on a city. It creates a sense of vibrancy and life; intangible but somewhat electric. And… they’re lots of

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Rome Riots 2011

A BIG thank you to everyone for the messages of concern over the riots that sadly took place in the centre of Rome yesterday. I’m obviously ok and was not affected – other than having to walk about 40 minutes from one side of the city to my apartment because of road closures and major disruptions to the metro and all transport. As I hadn’t caught the news for a

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More of You know you’re living in Italy when…

You walk into the doctor’s surgery and there is no receptionist but just a queue managed by the people. But somehow it works. As soon as you walk in you must ask Chi e` l’ultimo? (Who is last in line?). Then you remember that face and go in as soon as they finish up. Then… you walk through a puff of cigarette smoke on entering the doctor’s office and he

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Roman Tea Party

You can imagine the comments and strange looks I get when I tell Italians that I don’t drink coffee. Well I have the occasional one with milk or a frappe / iced coffee in summer but for all intents and purposes, you could say I drink coffee like a kid – completely watered down & not too often! Given what I like to call my innate italian-ness, this has always

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Tiramisu… Roman style

Some of you may or may not find this interesting or of any real significance. However – those of you who know me well will appreciate the excitement I felt when tonight I finally visited Bar Pompi – Il Regno del Tiramisu (which literally means Tiramisu Kingdom or House of Tiramisu I guess). A life without dessert, for me, is pretty much a life not worth living! And as I

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Life… in Rome

Let’s just say it’s been an eye opener dealing with the transition of holidaying in Italy to living in Italy.  Firstly the change of pace (and season!)  Having to get used to NOT waking up every day and going to the beach! In fact, NOT waking up in a hotel! NOT going out for dinner every night! NOT going shopping (well, real shopping!) every single day! So in the space

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You know you’re living in Italy when…

A taxi driver asks you if it’s ok to stop & grab a coffee with him & if he’s “your type”… Um awkward!! You get mugged blind without even noticing! You get asked out on a date walking out of a tabaccheria (smoke shop) Cops stop mid way through giving someone a fine to check you out & say “buongiorno signorina” You can buy a bottle of good wine at

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Hello world!

So this is it… the BIG dream of living in ROME, ITALY & I’m living it… right now! I left Melbourne just on 11 weeks ago.. how time flies!  I spent the European summer in Abruzzo, Rome, Como, Milan, London, Split, Brac, Lipari, Sardegna and Lipari again! I know.. sounds exhausting hey!  But it has been one of the best summers of my life… Actually, not all that dissimilar to other summers

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