1. Avatar Virginia Mastroianni
    October 7, 2016 @ 10:06 am

    Yay! Wonderful piece. I am moving October of 2017 to Rome. I already have Carol your real estate friend as my agent. I am already purging years of stuff — just giving everything away- especially electronic equipment since it would “catch fire” in Rome!

    Thank you for being such an inspiration. And thank you for giving me the gift of Carol. I already feel more relaxed about going to Rome– just me and my 90 pound pooch named Chaplin!

    And the Rome Comedy Club awaits!!!

    All the best.

    V. Mastroianni


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 8, 2016 @ 10:53 am

      Great, Virginia! Brava! Be sure to contact me when you arrive. When do you get here? Write me at Johnhenrome@gmail.com. I’m in Rome except for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 in Budapest.



  2. Avatar Geoff of Nottingham
    October 8, 2016 @ 7:08 am

    What a good blog. I can imagine the emotion about making the final move to Rome and the lovely Marina. $158 per month for what?? That’s a lot of Italian wine and pizza. Lots of envious looks from me.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 8, 2016 @ 10:44 am

      Thanks. Geoff. Yes, visions of pasta amatriciana with Marina on a warm Italian evening made the pain of losing so many personal items much less.


  3. Avatar Chandi
    October 10, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

    Ciao John, I loved your comment about coffee culture in the US: “consists of ordering a triple venti soy no foam latte at Starbucks and walking around drinking out of a disgusting plastic cup.” Ever since living in Italy (where there isn’t a “to go” culture and lets hope it stays that way) I cannot STAND it when I order a cappuccino or any other coffee in a coffee shop in the US and I intend to REMAIN in the shop and nevertheless, they dump my order into a paper cup. Particularly wtih a cappuccino this appalls me. It is not a cappuccino if it’s dumped into a paper cup. And they don’t even ASK if I am remaining in the shop (in which case my order should always go into a proper coffee cup). But that’s how I see it. And that’s from living in Italy.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 10, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

      Thanks for the note, Chandi. I was on assignment in Houston once. You won’t believe this, but the Marriott coffee shop had NO coffee cups. ALL coffee was served in paper cups. I asked the clerk if I could have a cup and she pointed to the paper ones. She had no idea what I was talking about with “coffee cups.” She actually had to go into the Marriott restaurant to find one. That’s appalling.


  4. Avatar Sandra
    October 27, 2016 @ 9:32 am

    I read your most recent post again at 2 am this morning when my defenses were down i think cause I actually felt the monotony and boredom of the life that didn’t happen here but cudda happened! All dimensions were sucked out of the air and i had a nightmare! I was trapped in a flat one dimensional plane I couldn’t even push out to 2 dimensions! Powerful writing!


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      October 27, 2016 @ 10:28 am

      Powerful email, Sandra. Thank you. That’s quite a nightmare you had. Where are you? Barstow? With your name, you have roots here in Italy. Ever tried to tie yourself to a few roots?


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