20 June ‘23
Arrived on a redeye flight and feel the effects of the complimentary wine on board on the 8-plus hour flight. My driver Patrizio waited an hour while I searched for my luggage from the chaotic Roma baggage claim with suitcases, boxes, and bags piled everywhere. I know it's here somewhere since it is tracked on my app. I arrive at my modest BnB and my room is not ready, and check-in is at 3 pm. They are happy to accommodate me earlier when it is prepared. It is 10 am Roman time, but maybe 3 or 4 am EST, I dunno, I am very very tired. The staff tells me I can wait in the garden, but I venture out for food and a WiFi café. I wander around and quickly get lost, but I figure it is the best way to get to know my way around.
I notice they have random monuments everywhere. This strange one caught my attention of a poet Trilussa which is his pseudonym for a very long name of "Carlo Alberto Cammillos Mariano Salustri." His pose is casual like he is in conversation, his heavy lidded eyes are looking upward with a very odd facial expression. I also think his fingers on his right are very large and reminding of a squids tenticles. I send the photo it to a friend who translates the inscription of a poem..
In the Shade
As I’m reading my usual newspaper,
sprawled in the shade of a haystack,
I see a hog, and I tell it, — Goodbye, pig! --
I see a donkey, and I tell it, — Goodbye, ass --
Maybe these animals won’t understand me;
however, at least I get the satisfaction
of being able to say things as they are,
without fear of ending up in jail
Click the photo for Wiki has more information about his life and poetry if you are curious about him.
I return to BnB and my room is ready, there is no AC and it is over 90 degrees. A long cool shower until I have goosebumps, then slink in clean sheets and fall quickly to sleep with the ceiling fan spinning. This vine is outside my window. It is time for siesta and I will wake later and have a simple dinner... somewhere. I still need to get adjusted to the time and cultural change, so I will keep this evening simple,