I was top of the class in English at high school and bottom of the class in French and German.
I am HOPELESS with languages other than my native tongue.
It’s a bit like swimming – I’ve been for endless lessons but nothing sticks.
Oh the money I’ve wasted at Alliance Francais and WEA!
The kids and I arrived in Rome yesterday in pretty shattered shape. After a bleary shower we wandered outside in search of food and decided all we had in us was the dodgy bar/pizzeria across the road.
The gods have smiled on us with our choice of hotel. I forgot to bring eczema treatments for my plane-desiccated youngest and – you beauty – there’s a farmacia across the road that was open until 8pm on a Saturday night with an English-speaking spunky Italian pharmacist behind the counter.
The children were quite mortified by both my appalling attempts to sort the eczema situation out in pigeon Italian/Spanish/English (I get my sketchy Spanish and Italian very confused) and my observation that the pharmacist was a spunk.
They were even more mortified by my attempts to order dinner. I swear, it was the most terrifying moment when I walked up to the counter and stared at the woman behind it before embarking on my Italian-Spanish-English-mime act.
(I always relied on my ex to do the talking before because I was so crap at it.)
Fortunately my attempts resulted in a table full of pizza, sparkling mineral water and wine, so I don’t think they should be too harsh on me.
We sat outside at a bar table surrounded by people chattering in Italian and drinking bright orange Aperol-like drinks in the late afternoon sun.
I looked longingly down the street at the city beyond but the kids were beyond exhausted, so we staggered back to the hotel and called it a night at 5.30pm local time.
Hence another blog from me because I wasn’t sure of the wisdom of nodding off at 6pm local time.
But I can’t really tell you what Rome is like, aside from the immediate vicinity of the Hotel Villa Morgagni, other than very convenient.
I’ll wake them up soon – they’ve been asleep 13 hours – and we’ll go exploring. Can’t wait!