Looking Out the Window

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On the train ride into Rome from outlying Albano Laziale, I looked out my dirty window and these are some of the things I saw:

  • dandelions growing on the empty train track next to mine
  • Roman ruins juxtaposed against a modern neighborhood
  • Lake Albano near the summer residence of the Pope
  • yellow graffiti by someone named Dino at the Castel Gandolfo stop
  • a wild prickly pear cactus on a hillside
  • the stump of an olive tree
  • an unfinished villa
  • trees with massive umbrella shaped branches, full of green leaves
  • a sign that read: Sassone. Vietato attraversar i binari.  (Don’t cross the tracks)
  • a cat lazily sunning itself in a garden
  • an old man sitting on a bench, looking worried and rubbing his legs as if they hurt to touch
  • an airfield with a white plane sitting on the runway
  • a bevy of colorful scooters parked closely together
  • a horse trotting through a training course
  • sections of ancient Roman aquaducts leading into the city

After an hour of looking out the window, I finally arrived at the main train station. I spent the day visiting amazing sites such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.

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My personal favorite, however was Tazza D’Oro where despite having to wait in line for nearly 30 minutes to use the restroom, I experienced the best cup of espresso in the world.  (Get over yourself, Caesar!)

My visit to Rome is now just a good memory.  When I think back to that particular adventure, I don’t immediately think of the famous sites or of the fabulous coffee.

Strangely enough, I remember the train ride from Albano Laziale to Rome. I don’t know why unless it just means that the little details in our lives matter the most.

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