After waking at 5 am (mosquito alert) and taking an ibuprofen for this horrendous toothache, I find this is the first mornin g I have not had excruciating pain and I feel like a real person again. Also VERY cheered up by text from my friend Val to say Mitt Romney conceded to Obama at 6am, so he has been reelected. Our access to news in the apartment is very limited - there are hundreds of channels mostly devoted to quizshows (with huge supporting casts of scantily clad young people) plus on Discovery Channel showing How It's Made (juke boxes, Canadian ice-hockey helmets, glass bottles and sparking plugs). We cand find no news channels or weather info. There is one rather nice radio channel playing classical music, each item topped and tailed with a sober announcement of what the music is and who the performers are. Very nice.
Thinking of sounds - the streets here are filled with the clamour of sirens almost constantly. Occasionally you get peals of church bells too. But this obession with sirens is extraordinary. Here's another one - ee-ah, ee-ah. ee-ah, ee-ah..... And then another one, a loud droning waaaaaahhhhhhh with accompanying nee-nee, nee-nee, nee-nee... It's deafening.
They have another malice. Apparently to make it easier for wheelchair users to get along, they've created numerous ramps on the kerbsides but these are very narrow and surrounded by uplifted slopes and crevices, so that to line up properly requires everyone else nearby to move away, and then a huge manoeuvring up and down for the poor wheelchair-pusher. Not good design.
Talking of which, just before I left, I did a free numerology test online and it was surprisingly accurate, including saying I would be fascinated by design all my life - which I am. Not what I expected at all. Hmmn.
Yesterday, after a second visit to the nice dentist to pick up a prescription for antibiotics, we went to that part of Rome called Trastevere - 'the other side of the Tiber' and wandered around... it's a bit Soho-ey, or arty. Very gentle day. Lunch provided a little extra treat - a local cod speciality - salted, soaked for 3 days, then coated in a very light batter and deep fried. Delicious. later in the Campo dei Fiori I had a mocha chocolate - divine. But the Farnese Palace was closed. We went home early, because I was feeling so bloody washed out. I went to bed and shivered, and then we had another of our home-made suppers - packet soup and a Ryvita - poor me, poor me. I have been feeling so nauseous I can't face any more than that. We have not seen 'puttanesca' sauce anywhere in Rome, maybe the restauranteurs fear censorious churchy people - anyway, I can tell you, it's not promoted anywhere.
So - this report is a bit flat - as we had such a quiet day yesterday.... Today more walking and a cheery heart due to Mr Obama's victory.