In February, as I took a walk in my neighborhood, I saw the first sign of Spring in Rome through the blossoming of subtle pink cherry flowers.
This month, Spring has brought a more vibrant colour to my neighborhood. This time I do not have to leave my apartment to admire the beauty of Spring because it is visible from my window. I have looked out from this window a thousand times but the view has never been this pleasing.
The blossoming trees really surprise me because I have not expected them to have such gorgeous flowers. At first sight, Rome is excellent at beautifying its streets by planting uniform trees. Yet, not quite. Rome also has a serious rubbish problem, and its streets are rarely clear from rubbish, not to mention dog sh*t. The bins are often overloaded and even smelly.
Similar to many expats living in Rome, I have developed a love-hate relationship with the Eternal City. The last picture in this post encapsulates what I love and hate about it. The wonderful sights and the ideal weather are hard not to love. The wonder of the city itself is beyond imagination.
The problem lies within the people who govern Rome. The unsightly rubbish bins and rarely-on-time buses are certainly frustrating. What’s worst, no one seems to take a prompt action. Getting around Rome using public transportation is a true lesson on being patient. The buses are so angry at themselves that they have even burst into flames.
Anyway, there is always a price to pay to live in such a dreamy city like Rome. You gain some, you lose some. Nevertheless, I will continue to love Rome and explore its beauty.
Anyone knows the name of these flowers? They are not a type of cherry blossoms, are they?
Update on 31 of March 2017: I have recently found out that these trees with deep pink flowers are Judas trees – its scientific name is Cercis. The name derives from the legend that Judas hanged himself from a tree of this kind. And guess what? The Judas flowers have many medicinal uses. You can actually use the flowers to make health tea. Find out more here.