1. Avatar Donigan Merritt
    July 13, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    I’ve been enjoying reading this, following along with your reinsertion into Italy. My wife and I are moving to Rome toward the end of October, from Mexico City — work moves, foreign service — and will be living on the other side of the river from where you are, in Trastevere. We’ll be there at least 3 years. We should meet.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      July 13, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Sure, Donigan. I would love to meet you and your wife. You’ll love Trastevere. For now, let me know how life is in Mexico City. Is it as violent as I hear? Write me at johnhenrome@hotmail.com. Once in Italy, you can call me at 347-898-3667.



  2. Avatar Kay Pihl
    July 14, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

    Enjoyed your reflections, John. I have been noticing, as you mentioned, that you are mainly associating with ex-pats. Hope you do meet and make some Italian friends soon. Your Meet Up group does sound great, though. Our reservations are all set for Rome, September 23, departing September 27. We are 700 meters from the Colosseum and I think the Cavour station is nearby.


    • John Henderson John Henderson
      July 15, 2014 @ 4:18 am

      I don’t know where you got the idea I’m associating mainly with expats. I have some expat friends but most of my associations are with Italians. I just haven’t had a reason to write about them much. I should be around when you’re here. You’re in a great area. In fact, Rome’s first wine bar is on Cavour near the Metro stop.


  3. Avatar Marco
    July 29, 2014 @ 4:07 am

    I don’t really think that Testaccio is “off the beaten path” anymore – it’s been discovered by (some) tourists and guidebook writers alike. Give it 10 years and a good scrub… it’ll become just like Trastevere.


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