Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 3: Jet Lag and Driving School

Yesterday, I met the Battalion Commander and his wife. They are awesome!! They brought us this amazing goody bag filled with wine, bread sticks, Asiago cheese from...well the town of Asiago of course, some salami, and little chocolates. Did I mention that the bag is a wine holder and holds 6 bottles of wine!!!

Today we went to "driving school" which is required in order to get an Italian driver's license. We will have to take a test that includes 50 questions and 50 road signs. We can only miss 4 on each test!! If you think this is bad listen to this!!! All Italians have to wait till their 18 years old to get a license, they take a 6 month driving school, pay between $2,500-$3,000 dollars (and no those numbers are not a typo), AND take a 450 question test where they can only miss 4 questions!!!
In other news, my truck is here!! We were really surprised that it got here so quickly! We have to get the insurance and registration figured out, take the driver's test and then we will be able to drive! I was a little worried about bringing my truck, but I think it will be okay. The roads are not too narrow, but I will stick out as an American since most Italians drive small vehicles. We are hoping to find a house down town so we will not have to do too much driving.

Speaking of housing, this is where we are staying right now...they lovely Ederle Inn. It is actually quite nice. We have a separate room, living area, small kitchenette, TV, and internet!

Here is Taylor in front of the post gate. The post is called Caserma Ederle. It
is right in the middle of town. It is surrounded by tall fences with barbed wire on
top. It is very small and we can easily walk everywhere. We have been out to eat
twice and had some great (real) Italian food. Luckily both our waitresses spoke
English so I didn't have to pull out my trusty yellow Italian phrase book or the cool
voice translator Gram and Bo got us!

Tonight we picked up some food from the Commissary (grocery store) and had us a great meal of sloppy joes, macaroni, broccoli, and wine! (not sure why this sentence is in a different font?)

Well, I am blogged out. Later.


  1. Thanks so much for the great update and photos. Makes me feel like I am a part of things. You will figure out the font thing. Emily has started a blogspot too, so ask her. I don't use that and can't remember. Did you notice that I have a clock with your time on my blog?

  2. I love it!! I can't wait to read more. You've hooked me already. See?? You're a natural blogger. Except for your crazy font and hyperlink issues, but I'm sure you'll work all that out ;)

  3. I would love to be in your shoes right now. Haha! Anyway, it’s really shocking how driving schools work in Italy. It’s perhaps to encourage people to drive safely since it will allow you to be more disciplined and observant on the road.

    Marvis Carswell

  4. Whoa, it’s really expensive to enroll in a driving school in Italy! And it takes long too! Not to mention that answering 450 questions is quite draining! But I guess Marvis is right. Maybe they do that to make sure that the students who pass the driving lessons are very disciplined and aware of the traffic rules. I’m sure they have good valid reasons and intentions for having that policy.

    Mia Patch