The sound of drunken talking and laughing flooded through the paper-thin walls of my apartment until almost 2:00am. One of my housemates decided to have a party and didn’t bother to conceal the fact to myself or our neighbors. I ended up putting my earphones on and blasting my jazz until I could fall asleep.
When I woke up this morning and opened my door I was hit in the face with the putrid smell of alcohol and vomit. The entire apartment smelled awful and the bathroom smelled even worse. I held my breath and took a quick shower. I was furious about how absolutely inconsiderate these people were. I made sure to slam every door as I was getting ready.
Today is the big parade for Corpus Christi throughout Orvieto. I reveled in the fact that the booming sounds of drums used in the parade would only inflame my housemate’s hangover. I made it down to Piazza Duomo and managed to arrive early enough to get a great spot to watch the parade.
The procession was close to 100 people marching by in Medieval costumes, instruments, armor, weapons, flags, and banners. It was quite impressive. In the week prior, the city began to decorate the city with banners and flags. Each of the quarters of the city (calledquartiere which translates more to ‘neighborhood’ in English) has it’s own banner and people hang their quartieri flag out of their windows. I’m residing in the Quartiere Corsica which is represented by a red castle tower.
Tomorrow I get my €100 apartment deposit back and I am contemplating taking all of my stuff and leaving to be homeless/live at the airport (where they have baggage lockers). It honestly would end up being a better living situation. Stay tuned and see!
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