Yesterday I went to the train station to catch the bus to Siena.
My landlord, Emma, met me when I arrived so as to show me how to find my way around the labyrinthine streets to the little apartment.
Emma is actually a young English woman who studied Italian at University in Florence. She then came to Siena and never left. She is married to a German, Alexander, and they have two boys, Oscar who is six and Victor who is just 2 months old!
I am quite delighted with my little flat! It is not as small as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, it is not big, but it has a double bed that you can get to from either side (i.e. not pushed up against the wall). There is a little kitchen area and a hall off of which there is a small anteroom leading to the bathroom.
The anteroom is where the washing machine is located. There is no dryer but Emma says things dry quickly due to the summer heat and there is a drying rack. There is also a TV, an ironing board and iron, the kitchen is well stocked with pots and pans, and there are leftover supplies from prior students; i.e. detergent, dish soap, etc.
When looking at the attached pictures, the anteroom and bathroom are on the other side of the kitchen wall.
The potentially dicey thing is that the headquarters of the local contrada is just down the lane from my bedroom window. This contrada, “Oca” (goose), won the July Palio and they are still partying! It seems like they will just continue the revelry through to the upcoming August Palio. The area outside their headquarters is lined with tables and chairs, like an outdoor café, and the music went on until about 10:00! It was actually quite nice to listen to the music, but who knows how I’ll feel about it in 4 weeks!