Welcome to my world…
Living in Rome always sounds like such a romantic dream…
A glorious dream that you unfortunately wake up from when you nod off at the office and are violently jerked back to the fluorescent lights and flickering computer screen…darn Windows Vista. Other times, you dream about drinking a deep dark blood-like glass of Barolo red as you bite into warm crusty fresh-baked bread topped with juicy Sorrento tomatoes and plump olives. Perhaps you imagine strolling down the flowering Spanish Steps and weaving in and out of chic Italian boutiques as you shop Via Condotti and flirt with the tall, dark and exotic gentlemen whose musical notes of their never-tiring ‘Ciao bella‘ melody caress your ear. Unless, of course, you have overlooked the odd mix of macho-metrosexuals and find yourself drawn to rich raven curls bouncing on top of a stiletto-heeled beauty who coquettishly smiles your way.
If this is your dream, it is time to wake up, not only because your boss is nearing your desk but because you are replaying a scene from a Fellini movie. Rome, in the real world, grows in contrast to what you have imagined. However, that Italy does exist, at times, but only in rare glimpses, which can be experienced more frequently once you learn how to see.
There are three ways to view the Italy of your dreams, rent any Italian film from the 50s and it will remain forever accessible; close your eyes again and freely imagine as you wish; or open your eyes and tantalize all of your senses by acquiring a new approach, which will enhance your love affair with Rome and entice you to an encore performance.
Rome is a city of oxymora which fool you and twist you, then leave you lost and out of breath. Deciphering it all has given me an exciting journey; one that I will share with you until I am successful at luring you here. That should be easy. The reality of the eternal city, as I see it, will be revealed, slowly; it may not draw you hither in haste, but you will love la bella Roma more, for it is real and not just a dream.
Beyond Rome lie Europe, Asia, Africa and places I can only imagine going to, but once I have experienced its wonders, so will you, for I will take you there as well; vicariously at first, but one has to start somewhere.