I did a list of things I learned living in southern Italy several months ago. Now seems like a good time to update that list.
A small problem is only worth fixing when it becomes a big problem. This covers everything from mold growth to a broken washer. Only when you totally can’t use the washer will it be fixed or when the mold spreads out across a technician’s penciled circle will anything get done.
Like the month of August, the entire month of December is a period where the idea is to do as little work as possible. See number one if confused.
Siesta time continues to have vast interpretations. People aren’t allowed to solicit during that time, nor are technicians allowed to fix things, but screaming children running around the house playing drums is perfectly acceptable.
Dryers have three settings – 3 hours, 6 hours, 9 hours. Why would anyone run a dryer for 9 hours?
If you are going to fish in the early morning you can’t own a car with a set of working headlights or taillights. That would make too much sense.
Runners only work out in black leggings, black windbreaker, winter hat and gloves once the temperature reaches 60 degrees. If below 50 degrees, they disappear for the season.
An entire pizza costs $4.50, yet because it’s not 6pm they won’t make an individual order. Instead if one buys 1/3 of what has already been sitting out, for an untold amount of time, the price is $5.00.
When buying produce use exact change. Otherwise, be prepared to donate up to .49 cents with each purchase.
The trash service driver is a lunatic. He will go out of his way to change directions, swerve, or do anything to potentially hit me while running. (Or maybe that’s just my perception at 530am)
Stray dogs don’t like the cold. Above 65 degrees packs of up to eight dogs will be walking in the middle of the road. Get below that temperature and they disappear all together.
I’m sure there will be more to add in the months ahead. Happy mid December!