Monday, June 13, 2011

Doing our small part for global warming
It's been a long road, but we finally have an adorable little macchina/car. Like everything in Italy, it involved a gazillion people, a ream of paper, and a lot of money.

The short version of the story is that after F's trek around Montecatini on foot and around Lucca by bike, plus also our dalliance with the pirates, we got to use our favorite way of doing business here: name dropping.

It turns out that Paola's brother Carlo, who K had treated after his horrible motorscooter accident, has a boyhood friend named Francesco is an English speaking. So F went in and laid out all our options and Francesco ended up finding us a Nissan Micra that was three years newer and comes with a twelve month guarantee. It has air conditioning, a radio, and those nifty plastic wind deflectors on the windows like cabs used to all have in NYC. And in the land of €1.50 per liter ($8.40 per gallon) gasoline, it has the littlest engine that exists.

Now back to the grindstone to memorize all the nuances of the traffic signs--each of which are written differently on every version of the test with minor tricky twists of grammatical inflections just to screw you--so I can get  la patente di guida italiana! 

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