Wednesday, April 29, 2009

More about things in Italy

  • Most of the people around Italy don’t have kids until they are in their late 30’s. They believe that they should do everything they want to while they are young instead of having kids young. That’s another way to tell who is American.
  • All stores in Italy close for lunch. The difference is they go to work at 8 or 9 in the morning, close at 11 for the lunch, are closed until 2,30, open again and finish off the day and close at 5. All stores are closed on Sundays. There are markets open Sundays but not stores.
  • Everyone here has some kind of cat or dog. The majority of the people have German Shepherds. Especially those who have land with their houses. They make great guard dogs!
  • The mode of transportation around here is usually bus or train. Walking and bikes are also used a lot. Why? Well because in order for an Italian to get their license they have to pass the written test, the drivers test, and pay 2,000 Euro! Yup, that’s right, they have to pay a ton of money just to get their license. Could you imagine having to save up that much just to drive. And that doesn’t include taxes and all that. They pay road taxes here too. And if you have a 2nd vehicle you have to pay more taxes for that one. It’s a privilege to have a 2nd car!
  • At Emsfaro, the super wal-mart of Italy, they have a food section that creeps me out. Their butcher is out in the open. There’s no walls, no glass, nothing. You just wave a hand and they come take your order. Also, in that same spot they have a spot for seafood. It’s not like any I have seen before. It too is out in the open but there is stuff like squid, octopus, shrimp and all kinds of fish. Not cut up or cleaned or nothing. It’s gross really. Well, I guess I’m just not used to it.

More to come.....


  1. How about you don't take me to that seafood-y thing? I would hate to have to pay for food that I threw up on. :)

  2. Oh we're going there, you'll just have to not look at it all so close....then again, I didn't look all that close and still almost got sick but that's only because D made me eat one of those baby octopus' and it was purple and so were the ones there and ugh, yuck!!!