Some things in Italy happen really fast……like Driving!! The trip from Rome to our first destination, Sperlonga, was invigorating. There are actual speed limits, like ones that say 60km which are completely meaningless. And there are lanes, which are also meaningless because people will pass you in a lane or in an oncoming lane or on the median or the sidewalk or whatever they can drive on. And then you have to be careful about avoiding a car that is passing you on the left because there may be a scooter passing you on the right at the same time. Scooters are the kings of the road, they can squeeze in anywere and pass everyone at stop signs and at toll booths. It’s wild out there, especially when you have no idea where you are going and there are virtually no signs to direct you.
Then some things happen really slowly in Italy…..like going into a bank and trying to get money or getting a rental car or eating….people are so relaxed and casual. When you sit down at a restaurant or even just an outdoor cafe, you’re good for the rest of the day. There’s no sense that someone’s waiting to get your table or that there’s a time limit of any kind. It’s great. And of course meals are social times and they’ll never bring your check until you ask for it….so relaxed.
And then you get back in your car to drive home and watch out….dinner is over baby….strap your self in and hit the gas.