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The Real Waters of Rome

Rob, Anne, and Thaisa continue to remind us that the water, be it Aqueducts or the Tiber, plays an important part in shaping Rome’s history and modern existence. I personally enjoy the benefits of drinking water straight from the thousands of Nassoni fountains that dot the city. However, last Thursday the sky opened and released a torrential deluge on our heads, giving us the drenching opportunity to experience water in Rome, untamed.

It’s only fitting that last Thursday was also blighted by an Italian midterm, and so myself and 38 or so of my colleagues were forced to traverse the city by any means possible in the worst of the sky’s fury. For me, the trip was from Trastevere to near the Spanish steps. At a brisk walk, it takes me 22 minutes. In 22 minutes that day, I managed to see some best online casino amazing things: First, a waterfall developing from under the front door of a church. Second, the Pantheon drowning in water almost up to the interior marble floors. Third, a classroom full of ruined sketchbooks. I believe that Michael was able to wring the water from his sketchbook by holding it in prayer. Needless to say, his many ink drawings had become incredibly abstract.

Eventually the sky cleared, and the sun came out. Unlike Seattle, the rain in Rome seems to loom, dump, and leave. Last Thursday was our initial inundation in Rome. This morning it rained again, although not nearly as dramatically: there was only a little thunder and lightning, and my shoes didn’t take 3 days to dry. Based on the proliferation of new umbrellas and conscientious clothing this morning, I think I can say we were a collectively scarred by the waters of Rome.

Written by Chris Tritt, BA in Architectural Studies Candidate.

 

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