Where I Live Now

by Catherine Down

A zippy 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom (and 3 bidet)  orange townhouse set between rolling fields and a gas station.



The smell of pig poo and the sight of a large yellow Agip sign will forever remind me of my Italian home.

We have 2 balconies, a lovely garden which we intend to fill with these vegetables, and a next door neighbor who is deeply invested in our lives.

I have slept in a twin bed for my entire life. Now that I’m in graduate school, I’m movin’ on up. I’m pretty sure it’s the size of a small country.


And of course, I have a dressing room/study chamber.

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but my absolute favorite thing about my new home is the dish rack. It’s two tiered and set inside the cabinet above the sink thus freeing up valuable counter space and everyday I think it’s the best invention I’ve ever seen.


I live with two charming roommates Lauren and Diana (from the U.S. and Italy respectively). They are smart, kind, generous and really I could just go on all day listing positive adjectives about them. I suppose they’re my other favorite thing about this house, besides the dish rack of course.