You know, I have lived in Florence, Italy for over eight months now. During that time I have discovered a few things about life in Toscana. Like, for instance, that it costs about 40% more to live here than it does in Manhattan. That’s not because Florence is more expensive than NYC. No. It’s because everything here is so damn expensive. Everything. From housing to food, to transportation, to goods and services you need to get around town.
It’s a bit like living in a foreign country, only the currency has been replaced with “Scornico.”
And speaking of foreign countries, there’s something else I’ve discovered about myself: I am now able to converse with total strangers in complete and total relative calm and comfort. This is an amazing skill to have, don’t you think? And one I intend to nurture and develop further. For example, if you were to ask 100 people what they thought about the movie “Pulp Fiction”, I bet 70% of those people would say they liked it and 30% would say they didn’t. But ask the same 100 people if they would like to have a beer with the film’s star, Vincent Vega (John Travolta), and I bet all 100 people would say yes!