Friday, January 28, 2011
I remember reading somewhere, that the mail system in Italy is so bad that when they get too much of it they just burn piles of it. I doubt that it is true, but nonetheless should I someday come across a pile of burning mail I will not be shocked.
Italy is a beautiful country with wonderful food and great history and fantastic art. It is not however a very how shall I put it, efficient county. From what I have seen this is generally accepted and thus continues. My package for example:
Sent Dec 4th
Made it though customs Dec 13th
And ever since then they promise they have tired to deliver it almost every day according to the online tracking on the US side.
However there was no one knocking on my door or leaving me package slips until last week.
When the guy finally did make it to my door the first time it was while I was home sick with the flu, otherwise I would have been at school. He came and wanted 60 Euros for the package. When I told him I did not have 60 Euros on me he said, "Non posso lasciare il pacchetto senza pagamento." roughly well then you cannot have the gift.
I told him I would be here the following Monday in the afternoon with the money, he promised to return then with my gift.
I waited all afternoon Monday for his return.
Tuesday I was out of town, Wednesday when I got home from school there was a sticky note message from the post office saying to call about my package. I took the note with me to school the next day and my teacher kindly called for me, as I do not have all the vocab necessary for this conversation. Whomever she talked to told her to call a different number, we did and finally were informed that my package was already returning to the States.
That was yesterday. Today the guy shows up again wanting 60 Euros which I would have had on me if they had not told me it was already heading back across the Atlantic. Again he said, "Non posso lasciare il pacchetto senza pagamento." To which I replied after studying Italian all day long, "Mi hanno detto che stava tornando negli Stati Uniti quindi non hanno i soldi e non ho mai sono qui quando si arriva. Vorrei che il mio pacchetto, quindi sto per andare in banca, e si può portare il pacco in 20 min. Va bene?!" Basically, listen buddy enough is enough, I want the package, I will run to the ATM and get the money and you can come back in 20 min.
And 54 days and 20 min after Renee sent me the package I actually got it, opened it and loved it.
Just a little picture of trying to get things done in Italy.