The small self-contained serviced apartments on the outskirts of Rome were we stayed for almost three weeks whilst waiting for the security situation to improve in Tunisia had a strange feature which I had never seen before. Above the sink in the kitchenette, there was a kitchen cupboard with a drying rack for dishes built into an integrated shelf so that the newly washed wet cutlery and crockery could drip dry on to a metal tray just above the kitchen sink and this tray could be pulled out and emptied. It was definitely a space saving feature for the kitchenette in an apartment where the cooking area was only slightly larger than what one might find in the gully of a boat. However, I must say, that it worked beautifully. Everything was bone dry and could be put away without having the need to wipe it dry with a tea towel.
Figure 1: The drying rack for dishes integrated into a kitchen cupboard at our apartment.
Despite the small kitchenette, we were very comfortably accommodated and cooked some excellent meals. It made me think that size is a relative concept. As the English proverb says, "Where there's a will, there's a way." When we have the determination to do something, it can be easily achieved.