At first I didn't notice
the little things that I had become accustomed to were missing. Well,
in some cases they are missing while in others they are simply done a different
way. However, as time went on I became painfully aware of these little
differences. For those impatient readers I will cut to
the chase. Italy is less convenient than the USA. Here are
some reasons why.
In America there is
a little shop you may have heard of... 7-11. There is one on
every corner and they are open all hours of the day and night and on every
day of the year. There are 24 hour super markets and even 24
hour Wal Mart stores. In Italy, there are no 7-11 stores. Shops
open at 9 am and close at 12 pm. Then they re-open in the evening
between 3 pm and 9 pm. And if it is Sunday.... Forget it! ...You must learn to plan ahead.
In Italy air conditioning
is a rare thing. ...very rare.
No drive-thru's. I'm not a big fan of fast food, but there are times
when this convenience is nice to have. I don't miss them every day, but
sometimes I would kill to be able to get a burger and fries on the fly.
Restaurants open at 8pm
in Italy. One must become accustomed to dining late.
I think that I mentioned
this in the driving article, but in Italy freeways are not free.
As a matter of fact all freeways are toll roads. You must stop every
so often to pay up.
In the US garbage disposals
and dish washers are not used strictly by the rich and influential.
In the US garbage is
picked up from your residence on a weekly basis. In Italy, garbage
is not collected at your home. You must transport the garbage to
the curb side dumping locations. They are huge mountains of refuse
that are removed once a week. (barring a workers strike - a frequent occurence) ...not just inconvenient, smelly too.