The Heart Can Never Have Too Much

Orange on the Vaporetto

Orange on the Vaporetto

Self is back in the apartment in San Toma’.  The trip to Padua was over in the blink of an eye.

Blue on the Express Train (back to Venice From Padua)

Blue on the Express Train (to Venice From Padua)

Here is the thing about Italy:  everything —  and self does mean everything —  is open to negotiation.  In Padua, Margarita and self got on the 11:44 a.m. train back to Venice.  We were informed by a conductor that we were on the wrong train:  the train we had caught was an express; our tickets were for the regular train.  Could we pay the fare difference, self asked?  Si, for 30 more euro was the reply.  You take credit cards, self asked.  Si.  So then Margarita and self began to look for seats.  But the train was absolutely full.  We finally planted ourselves by the entrance to the compartment.  The conductor appeared.  Now, he said, since we hadn’t gotten any seats, we needed to pay him only 16 more euro for the two of us, instead of the 30 euro we’d originally been quoted.  Grazie, grazie!  A few stops later, the train began to empty out.  Margarita and self sat.  Self half-expected the conductor to come back and say, You are sitting!  Now you must pay 14 more euro!  But the man had apparently vanished for good.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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