Let's start with the walk home from school. We have the opportunity of work and living along the same road; a road which is very old and contains bricks down the center. These bricks, though aesthetically pleasing, are actually quite dangerous as you can easily trip on them if not paying attention (not that I have ANY experience with this ;). The street where we walk is only wide enough to allow one car to pass. However, we were told only a few short years ago, cars were allowed from both directions! About five minutes down the road, you turn up an alley. Well, as an American I would call it an alley, but Italians would call it a "vico," meaning "little road." Our vico is shown in the bottom right photo.
Do you see the gold "posta" box on the door? That's our mailbox!
When you come inside you are immediately in our living and dining room. The space is actually much bigger than we thought it would be. So much so, that we've been able to continue doing PiYo and P90X in it... we just need to get a little creative with how we stand when it comes to the kickboxing days!
The first photo below is what you see when you walk in. The door on the right is directly across from our front door and leads to a courtyard that I'll show you in a bit. The doorway that you see on the left leads to the kitchen. On the other side of the table is a small half bath.
The kitchen is relatively small, but once again filled with storage. Even though our photos make the space look a bit messy, I assure you everything has a spot!
At first, I thought having two bathrooms was completely unnecessary. However, I have enjoyed being able to do my make-up in a room that isn't saturated with steam. It's also been nice to have people over and not have to worry about if our bedroom and bathroom are completely in order.
Our bedroom is on the second floor. The stairs are actually open to the first floor. So far that hasn't been a problem, but we have been using headphones more when one of us is up and the other is asleep!
Yes, that is a Chicago Bears jersey you see hanging on the left. Alex made sure to bring his Brandon Marshall jersey to wear on Sundays around the house. Alex can't wait until we get internet at our house so we can watch the games... even if it needs to be the next day due to the time difference.
In case you were wondering, Italy is INCREDIBLY dog friendly. We see dogs EVERYWHERE (cafes, department stores, buses, even grocery stores if they are carried). Alex and I have been shocked with how many places we have seen furry friends. The park next to the school is filled with dogs and their owners every evening. There seems to be no problem having them leash free in the park, too.