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A cat was hiding in a milk bottle

Ants building something? Maybe an underground Colosseum??

We arrived back in Christchurch on Wednesday morning at 12 am. We left the airport and walked 10 minutes down the road to Jucy Snooze, where we spent the next five hours attempting sleep in a pod. A pod is a one person sleeping compartment in a shared dorm room. It would have been great had it not been for the gorilla snorer who drove us prematurely back to the airport to where we waited to catch our 8:30 am flight to Dunedin. We had most of Wednesday to recover at home before starting work on Thursday.

It’s now Sunday Evening, I’ve got a pot of pumpkin soup on the stove and I’m sitting down to finish off this post in the lounge, in-front of the fire, with a glass of syrah. Mitch is noodling away on the guitar in the background. Yes I must admit it’s great to be home!!!!!

All up we spent a scant three nights and two days in Rome. Although brief, Mitch and I both felt like we got a taste of the real Rome, not the glamourised one, which the travel brochure sells you, you know the pictures of ancient ruins without the crowds of tourists.

We got to see and experience a slice of everyday Rome – dinner cooked at home with our host, graffiti, supermarkets, riding the yellow tram (which no one paid to ride), the local trattoria (casual restaurant), Italian family life and get togethers/celebrations.

Our home in Rome


Mitch and I walked the streets of Rome in Search of Pigneto, a small neighbouring suburb which our host recommended we visit.


One of the main streets in Pigneto had been pedestrianised. Lively eateries and bars lined the pavement.
Buying paints

When in Rome, buy paint!!!!!! I use Maimeri’s Brera and Acrillico acrylic paint. These paints are Italian made and I used to be able to buy them in New Zealand but the year before last the supplier closed shop. So while in Italy I was determined to find some and bring them home. I managed to find a small art store in Poggi, two short tram rides from where we were staying. I spent up large as the paints were only 6.70 Euro each.

I have a bag full of heavy acrylic paints!
New paints

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