Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Our Italian apartment :)

This blog is dedicated to our new home (I'm living with 2 other pitt med students- Xiao and Dan) that we have in the heart of the "shadyside" of Palermo! Our wonderful mentor at Pitt was able to arrange housing for us at a pretty decent price. When we arrived, 2 IsMeTT guys picked us up and dropped us off right in front of our apartment. It's quite a quaint street with brightly colored facades (we live on the 3rd floor)!
We arrived to meet Signora Genuardi, our loud (and very big), non-english speaking landlady who promptly showed me how to work all the AC, the utilities, and how to boil water (I'm not kidding, although this turned out to be an issue later). We have a washing machine, an oven, and lots of other little things I really appreciate! Subletting is pretty sweet (or dolce as they say here :)).

Our little kitchen and the balcony outside looks onto a courtyard.
The living room/aka dan's room. Xiao and I share a bedroom further back that also has a little balcony!
I mentioned in my previous post that Palermo is currently dealing with a trash worker strike- there are piles like this all over the city- not a very pleasant introduction to Palermo... but they've started to clean up! The city is a mix of old and new, many of the main streets have very high end shops but all of sudden you'll walk into an ancient piazza with ancient looking buildings! Vespas and tiny cars are the main mode of transport. There are city buses as well that are clean and well labeled- it reminds me a bit of the 'burgh!
Xiao and I spent the first day (after a very brief introduction to work at the hospital and eating a very leisurely lunch with our mentor) perusing all the food vendors. We saw a "zucchine" for 1 euro and decided we definitely had to buy it. It's super long and we made good use of it for a meal!
Xiao and I and our first homemade dinner! Homemade pasta, homemade tomato (pomodoro) sauce and roasted eggplant. And of course red wine. This summer is looking pretty good right now!

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