Last week as I was heading out to the Castelli region and Nemi (that is a panorama shot of this charming little town, the strawberry capital of the district) with my friend Marco we were making idle chat in the car as he maneuvered through the Roman traffic.
Marco: Will, I must tell you a thing.
Me: (Hmmm.... eyebrows raised; that doesn't sound good) ??????
Marco: Your blog!
Me: Yes? I haven't been writing much lately.
Marco: Its become boring you know? All about opera and ballet. Not the way it use to be. You use to write interesting things.
Me: (Trying not to be offended) Well I haven't been writing much lately.
Marco: I find Laurent's blog is more interesting.
Me: (Now really trying not to be offended) Well I haven't been writing much lately. Oh look there's another quaint hill town!
Having been through the same sort of conversation with my friend Jolka at coffee break a few days before - except that one ended with me saying: Oh look here comes our cappuccini! - I got to thinking. They were both right - I haven't been putting up much of interest lately. And the reasons are many and not worth or worthy of repeating.
Its not that I haven't been doing things: a weekend in Palmero last month, a quick trip to Napoli, I seem to be going up to Milano once a month these days, some interesting walks around Roma, excursions outside the city, some food treats and of course the Hounds from Hell. And, sorry Marco, some opera, ballet and concerts.
Nemi is definitely the strawberry capital of the region and just in case you doubt it every trattoria and bar features strawberries: with lemon, with gelato, as a dolci or if it isn't strawberries its frutti di bosco (small field strawberries). Marco insists the Bar delle Fragole has the best tarts - and I'm not going to argue with him. Neither did the gang at work when I showed up with a parcel of these little treats on Monday morning.
So its time to do one of two things - either close down the blog ... or get off my ass and get back to posting regularly. I decided to see if I could go with option two. Maybe complete a few of those posts that have been sitting around almost finished and maybe a few new things. And we'll see how it goes.
09 maggio - San Luminous