Here are some shots of my elevator. The reddish coloring in the first shot comes from my hand partially covering the pop-up flash (which I try to avoid using) on the camera. I think it gives a creepy vibe ala “The Shining.” The button outside you use to call it is up first. The green light “presente,” means that it’s at my floor. The red light “occupato” means that it’s busy. This is an old school elevator, you cannot press more than one button at a time when choosing the floors to drop off. When I enter the elevator with someone I don’t know, we always ask each other what floor we’re getting off at. I live on the top floor, so they are always getting off before me and therefore press their button first. Once they’ve gotten out and closed the doors, I can press my button to continue on. The second photo shows some of the call button on the interior of the elevator.
There’s also no stopping the elevator from the outside once someone is already in. The means, while I’m taking the elevator down, someone on the 2nd floor can’t call the elevator and have it stop there before going to the bottom floor. Now that’s what I call old school, no computer to give it these complex commands. The third shot shows the elevator in motion from the inside. So yes, while I was fooling around inside, no one could use it. Don’t worry, I only went up and down a few times. 🙂
The last thing that shocked me when I moved in was how small it was. I measured it (see what research I do for you dear readers!) and it’s a spacious 2 ft 9 in x 3 ft 4 in (84 cm x 100 cm). I can still remember loading all my bags inside and barely fitting in. However, this is the norm in a lot of European cities. Just as the apartments are smaller, so are the elevators, especially since many buildings had elevators inserted many years after they were already built. I’m lucky, many very old buildings don’t even have them! As I said, I’m on the top floor so I’d probably be much skinnier than I am now if that was the case.
I’m very happy tonight because when I returned home from work I discovered that my blog have been written up by ClickBlog.it. That’s brought in a lot of Italian visitors, which I’m very happy about. Just as I want this blog to show Rome to people who live abroad, I’m very excited to share my photos with Italians and hope they will continue to post comments to create a lively discussion. (And now for the translation…..)
Stasera sono molto contenta perche quando mi sono ritornata da lavoro, ho visto che il mio blog e’ stato segnalato da ClickBlog.it. Adesso ci sono tanti italiano che hanno visto il blog e sono molto felice per questo fatto. Non voglio solo mostrare la mia visione di Roma ai stranieri ma anche con italiani. Spero che continuano a mettere i sui commenti per creare un discorso anche piu’ vivace.