Some of the nuances of Rome
04.09.2011 - 07.09.2011 32 °C
Some of the interesting nuances we have found in Rome to date, compared to New Zealand have been:
- Smoking - It seems the negatives of nicotine have been published here. Expect to eat a meal within 10 feet of someone lighting up. Even the withering glare of my wife in the back of the smokers head didn't stop it.
- Crowds and queues: Perhaps more symptomatic of Rome as a tourist centre, but shit there are crowds and the bigger the crowd the longer the queue. If you can buy tickets ahead.
- Crossings: There ara a number of options with Zebra crossings, no controlling lights, automated lights that say when to cross and manual lights that you press the button on to start the process of the crossing lights: It would appear in all cases they are at best a general indication that it maybe (only maybe) safe to cross. You regularly see the green light to cross on as the vehicles get a green light to go. I wonder if it's just a targeting exercise. However despite being the total opposite of the NZ PC (OSH will see this I'm sure) approach, it seems that everyone survives.
- Heat: We're here in early September (autumn) and it's 28-32 degrees. A bit like Hawkes Bay (or do I mean the fabulous Hawkes Bay) hot but dry. We've had very little humidity. I love it, Alison's not so sure, she thinks she maybe melting.
- Taxi's: Interesting, hard to wave down and taxi stands never seem to be as common as expected. But we ordered a couple by phone and they were fine. It just helps most of the time if you keep your eyes shut. Driving in Rome is more an art than a
- Eating times and serving sizes: It's great and I think perhaps symptomatic of the temperature. But we've very light lunches. Evening meals seem to be starting from 8pm or later. We at earlier (about 7) as need to crash, still overcoming jetlag. But I could get used to this. Meal sizes aren't massive helpings either. They're good sized and allows space for the other enjoyable food options. I really am enjoying the Antipasti variety.
- Narrow cobble-stoned streets: You've seen my comment on the cars. Well this is probably the reason. It's amazing (or is that terrifying) what can fit down some streets. And those with prams, I'm sorry.
- Apparently they don't eat chicken: Haven't seen this on a menu yet ?
- Street stalls and sellers: There is heaps. They'll be selling anything and everything. It's interesting to watch the illegal ones avoiding the cops.