Spring in Rome, Roma a primavera

The other day, I headed down to the Pyramide Caius Cestius and the Presbyterian Cemetery. There were beautiful purple glicine (wisteria) blooming all over the place. The cemetery is the resting place of many poets, artists and scholars including Antonio Gramsci and John Keats. It really is a haven of quiet and birdsong in the…

Happy Easter says the Parrot, Buona Pasqua dice il pappagallo

I was walking up the Palatine Hill yesterday when soaring far above the Roman Forum I noticed some green. I looked around and the bird flew to the tree behind me. While everyone was looking the other way, I snapped a photograph of this parrot, perhaps a ring-necked Parakeet, apparently a species from India which…

A Visit to the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen

Yesterday I walked north along the banks of the Tiber to the Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum. Along the way I saw this houseboat, that looked like a fun place to live, and with its potential to travel, serves as a counterpoint to the permanence of a place like the Museo Hendrik Christian Andersen. Now on…

Writing from the Eternal City

I have arrived in the Eternal City of Rome. For the next few months I will be living in Rome, conducting my PhD research and exploring the city. I will be using this blog to document some of the highlights and excruciating moments of my travels around the country of Italia as well as try…