One thing I can say for sure is that life in Italy is anything but dull. But before you think I am up all night dancing naked under the full moon at a seaside bar think again. Lets not forget that I also happen to live in the geriatric Capital of Italy where the average age is 80!
No, I am mostly referring to getting from point A to point B. my destination is Torrita di Siena, Tuscany. As any wise Italian or expatriate who has lived here long enough to know better knows, it is best to monitor the mode of transportation for any impending strikes before setting out on your journey.
In this case I did. However the strikes listed were limited to cleaning crew, or so they led me to believe…
My first stop was Pisa. Two hours later I was dumped onto a platform of bewildered tourists staring at the tv monitor with the letters SOP next to the trains. Crap! This is going to be a long day. I decided it was lunch time and picked out a cosy concrete bench to munch on my sandwich and cookies.
With a full belly I ventured into the main terminal to see what’s up. I have gotten wise to these strikes and know there must be a way around it. I waited and caught site of two trains waiting at the platform. One heading to Rome the other Florence. Which one should I take?
I flipped a coin and chose Florence. You see, as most of these strikes go, major train station destinations usually still go but the piddly regional trains don’t. I couldn’t get a hold of my sister who was currently in Rome traipsing around the Vatican so I decided to try my luck and see if I can still get to Torrita instead.
At the moment I am on an air conditioned coach bus SITA, from Florence to Siena. From there who knows, but my destination is getting closer none the less. Thankfully I have my iPad and 3G. I was able to search online for “pullman” which is the Italian word for fancy buses that aren’t operated by Italian bastards that go on strike (hmmm, do I detect some animosity?)
Oh don’t worry, I’m on vacation and just mildly amused by this great adventure! It’s a good thing this country produces great wine and food because I’m pretty sure a cold glass of Prossecco and some fancy Tuscan food will fix everything 😉
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