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  1. Crossing The Garibaldi Height with Dignity

    I’ve just been on a quick trip to Rome where I joined a few colleagues for a walk in the direction of The Garibaldi Height. Please have me excused. I’m not sure if there exists anything called “The Garibaldi Height”, but I know for a fact that there are seven heights in Rome, – and this is one of them. It’s the one with all the statues of The Garibaldi Family.

    The temperatures in middle of June were quite pleasant, in the upper part of the twenties, barely under 30 Celsius. It is quite common with summer temperatures in the mid-thirties – so if you are going to walk the streets, I recommend airy, vacant summer garments. This time I did not bring with me any summer shorts, so I had to adjust the tempo so that the heat did not strike through. I think a man loses his dignity a little when he has to walk around with sweat impact on both sides of the shirt, as seen on some of the American tourists who stress around the city to cover all sites in one day.

    I am no enthusiast of tourist sites. This was not my first time in Rome, – nor the last. Therefore, I choose to take the history in small doses, like Norwegian cod liver oil. You don’t have to drink the whole bottle at once, so to speak. I prefer to relax in one of the picturesque streets, under the trees in one of the giant parks, or in one of the many cafés and restaurants. On the major tourist spots you’ll find prices a little high. But you don’t have to get far away until prices are quite fair, – at least compared to what I am used to in Norway. Taxis are safe and inexpensive. If you order a multi-course menu, you should be aware that you may get served a lot of food. I heard somewhere that the Romans are not exactly known for eating up all the food on their plates.

    Who was Giuseppe Garibaldi?

    It was him that unified the south and the north of Italy into one state. I know I should have read me up a little on Italian history rather than refer to Wikipedia, but I think Garibaldi’s wife, Anita, must have been the toughest of all Garibaldis. If you take a tour across The Garibaldi Height, you can get acquainted with the rest of the family. I think they’re all there.

    How to move with dignity?

    Avoid body tight garments. Shorts are recommended. Airy shirt / top, thin fabrics that breathe well. The footwear should have good thick soles under because of the cobblestones, but be airy. Take it easy from the start and take a break every half an hour or so in an airy place in the shadows. I recommend espresso coffee with sugar, cold water, and Italian ice cream. Avoid alcohol. Avoid stress. Look at the Romans and find a calm walking rhythm.

    🙂 When in Rome, do as the Romans!

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