Despite its continued filthy shittyness, I’m afraid Napoli has lost some of her charm. Maybe I was jaded by the bad arrival to our AirBnB, forcing us to change plans at 12:01am and find a hotel. Maybe it is that so many of the decrepit, boarded up buildings are now bustling with American-tourist style shopping (handbags, high heels, profumo). Or maybe it was only ever charming because I was here with my beloved and now I am not. I mean, I love my Grown Ass Baby Cousin and I go to bed with my tummy hurting from both gluten bombing and laughing until our laugh is what keeps us laughing. But there’s just something about holding hands with your partner with the anticipation of being jumped and knifed, or a world-ending caldera event lurking in the back of your mind.
Please don’t misunderstand me; this visit has been far from awful. I got to meet new
friends that already feel like old ones. We have the good fortune to be visiting during Napoli’s annual pizza festival (see above gluten bombing). AirBnB not only refunded my reservation fully, they are issuing a $100 credit to help offset the cost of the hotel I had to replace it with! Today I got to see actual dead people. And I do look forward to bringing the kids here in August. But I can’t wait to get back to my apartment.
I am Rome sick.