THE EMERGENCY ROOM
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THE EMERGENCY ROOM: a long story (somewhat) short. The history of this room is a few years short of nine centuries. (That’s the long story).
The story we account for is only a few months, and hopefully it has just started: Few months ago, I was doing one of my favorite things: being an “accidental tourist” in my own home. And don’t most great discoveries happen by accident? (ask Cristoforo Colombo, he’ll tell you).
So I got to venture into the former carpentry/olive press room, turned over the last decade into a big heap of old furniture and knick-knacks.
Later, re-reading our grandfather’s war diary (titled “A War Fought Without Weapons”) I realized that space had been one of the rooms where strangers found shelter during WW2.
That did it. In a few hours we decided to include the room in the Accidental Tourist space, and we started emptying and cleaning.
We decided to call it the “Emergency Room” as a tribute to its history, and make it available to anyone who needed a place to stay due to unforeseeable circumstances, like a missed train ride, a cancelled flight, an overbooked hotel reservation. A marital fight. Whatever.
This year, we have turned it into a more structured project: you can now support this Relief Project straight on our website.