Living in Rome
I wrote this blog mainly between 2009 and 2011 when I first lived in Rome. At the time, I took great pleasure in discovering the city and learning about its two-millenia history through archeological sites, palaces, in situ art, and I wanted to share it. It was the stimulation I needed after I left my pressurised job to follow my partner and take care of my (then) young family. Once or twice a week, I would roam around the eternal city, pushing my baby in a stroller while his siblings were at school, in search of more museums, palaces, and cultural sites to visit. In my wanderings, I found a respite to break the monotony of my days, alone in an appartment without yet a good circle of friends or a job of my own. Daily life in Rome had turned out to be an unexpected struggle, full of unnecessary and vacuous complications. Art gave me a breathing space and I eventually wrote books about it (in French, my native language). At the end of 2011, we moved to Addis Ababa where, the experience being so utterly different from Rome, I started a new blog (salamboinaddis.com). On my return in 2015, I tried to revive this blog, but it was no longer the same. My interest had changed and so did the tone of my writing. As it still attracts the odd visitor, I will keep it online, in the hope that it can satisfy the curiosity of readers looking to learn about Rome.
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