The only thing on the schedule today was one big important task – move into the apartment I’ll be staying in for the duration of the program.
I woke up kind of early, showered, ate breakfast at my hotel, and gathered my stuff up. I checked out and called a cab and arrived promptly at the new apartment. Now, for those of you that don’t know me very well, I’m a worrier. I worry about WAY too many things and so far, all of my worrying on this trip has been for naught. For this I was worried about the cab driver scamming me (he didn’t), my stuff being unmanageably difficult to carry (it wasn’t), having to lug my stuff up to the fourth (Italian—so American fifth) floor (a very small, but effective elevator!), and that my apartment would be the pits somewhat akin to the foyer I stayed in 10 years ago in Paris (it…is NOT). The bedroom is a bit spartan but that’s fine. Otherwise, I think you can safely say that this is a very nice apartment.
It is a three-bedroom, 1.5 half bath apartment to be shared between 5 participants in the apartment. It is, as you can see above, more than adequate. It’s in the Monteverde neighborhood of Rome, south of the Vatican and to the west of Trastevere. It’s safe, if a tad removed from city center.
I also grabbed some food at a nearby grocery store and unpacked my stuff to feel a touch more settled.
The only negative thing that happened today is that my favorite pants caught on the dresser as I was putting stuff away and they ripped. My. Favorite. Pants. And the one thing I did not pack in my suitcase was a sewing kit.
Tomorrow the program starts!
The original blog (and pictures) was posted here.