May of 2007 I wrote this post. What a difference a year (and a new country makes).
I do realize the fact that I don’t have to work all weekend helps.
The summer vibe here is more NYC than L.A. The city has different festivals going on and there is easy affordable public transportation. I’ve been checking out museums, going the park, meeting up with friends etc.
Last Saturday I went to Tivoli. I will post about that day trip later. If you are going to visit Rome for more than a couple days, it’s definitely worth it.
This past Saturday I went to the beach with an Italian friend of a mutual friend back in Hollywood. Even though he’s a director I noticed we do talk about things other than the “industry.” We picked up his girlfriend and drove to Ostia. We went to far end of the beach. We parked near what used to be the “Brazilian” beach but now it’s more Turkish. The majority of people on said beach are Italian but there were many Brazilian and Turkish folks in the house. Every section of the beach has it’s own flavor. Some areas are more family oriented, others have more a party scene.
It was great to get out of the heat of the city for a day. I have this thing where I have to see the ocean (or a very large lake like Lake Ontario) once in a while. I don’t know why. In Los Angeles I would drive to PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) or go to Santa Monica/Venice at least once a month. I must live near a coast.
A few things this American will have to get used to:
Women walking around topless. Where my parents live in Caribbean the French and other European women do it there as well but because there are so many American tourists the topless women are in the minority. Here they are in the majority. There I was reluctant to take off my cover up because I didn’t think my body was bathing suit ready and all the other women in various shapes and sizes were doing their thing. I need to get over body hangs up from years of living in the oppressive Hollywood mind set that only a size 2 is acceptable (a 0 is preferred) and be thankful that my body is healthy and works. (Yet another friend around my age is battling breast cancer.)
Speedos. Yes some of the older men are still rocking them. However, the younger guys are wearing the “Daniel Craigs” a cross between a Speedo and a brief. Me like!
Some things reminded me of the islands. The vendors walking up to you on the beach trying to sell you various things, the randomness of the DJ’s music selection, the smell of sun block.
Despite it being very hot now, too many tourists and that this ragazza will not be traveling outside of a day trip once in a while given my bank account (damn you low dollar!!), so far this is has been the best summer I’ve had in over ten years.
p.s. Big ups to Spain for winning their first major football championship in 44 years.