(All is well, nothing is as it should be)
We’ve been working on getting settled … figuring out cell phone plans (16 cents to connect, 19 cents a minute, except for your preferred number which is free, and other vodafone numbers which come from a pool of minutes. Would you rather pay 12 cents a minute? or 38cents per phone call?), and internet service (I heard the most complicated story on setting up internet service … bottom line, it’s really complicated, and we’ll have to wait weeks. And cell phones (an iPhone is about $1050, a cheap phone is around $200 -yeesh.) Turns out we can’t register our car at all in the month of August … the DMV is closed. for the whole month.
Everything, of course, is complicated by the language difference. I got a phone call at 10am on Saturday from Italy Telecom who will handle the first of a series of appointments to get our internet set up. It went pretty well for a while, but unfortunately the better I do, the faster they speak, until eventually, I have to admit that I don’t understand and they have to start over. I find myself constantly wondering what I sound like, and when they can tell that Italian isn’t my native language. Is it immediately from my accent? Do I pause too long? Is it when I make a grammar mistake? It’s weird being a foreigner.