ROME - FALL 2015
I will start with some headlines in the papers here. This is what convinced me we were back.
WE ARE IN ROME #1: Strike to hit Rome's public transport network.
A 24-hour public transport strike is set for Rome on Friday 2 October and will affect passengers on Rome's public transport network ATAC and suburban bus company Roma Tpl. The shutdown is planned from 08.30 until 17.00 and from 20.00 until end of service.
One thing about the strikes here in Rome is that they give you plenty of time to prepare. There is no such thing as a strike that is not announced. We have also noticed that strikes tend to end or discontinue at either lunchtime or dinnertime. The Italians do not like to have their meals interrupted. This one is unusual since it was not discontinued for lunchtime.
WE ARE IN ROME #2: Rome's A line closed between Manzoni and Ottaviano.
The partial collapse of a dropped ceiling at the central Spagna metro station has led to the closure of part of Rome's Metro A line on the morning of Monday 28 September.
This will be the DC metro in a few years. They are building a new line C here. There are presently two lines - A and B. The old lines are getting no maintenance since they have no money.
WE ARE IN ROME #3: ATAC celebrates birthday of AS Roma footballer.
Rome's public transport provider ATAC is celebrating the 39th birthday of Francesco Totti, the captain of AS Roma football team, with a series of limited edition bus and metro tickets dedicated to the local hero.
Now this guy Totti is a really big deal. It is hard to understand but he is like Sonny Jurgenson, Alex Ovechkin and Bryce Harper rolled into one person. For you non-sports fans of the King and Queen, it would be like Ronald Regan and John Kennedy rolled into one person. He was a big deal when Hynda and I came to Rome in 2004 and he is still the man here. At 39 he is already off to a good start in the new season. I cannot wait to get my Totti metro ticket.
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