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Monday, July 1, 2013

Ciao Tolentino

We arrived in Tolentino last night by train after quite a hectic day.

We didn't sleep Saturday night as we were finishing up packing and storing things as well as cleaning our flat (we will miss that flat!)

Running late Sunday am, naturally, we had to take the taxi to the airport. I have never seen such craziness at an airport as I saw there at Vueling's desks. People were everywhere, weaving in and out, cutting, whatever.

We read that a passenger with the Optimal fare we bought was allowed to have more than one bag, so long as those bags together did not exceed 23 Kgs. We distributed the weight of six months worth of packed items in two carry on bags, one huge rolling luggage, one ESADE laptop bag, and one over-the-shoulder suit bag, in order to not have any one bag weighing more than 23 KGS. Will's rolling luggage was right under the limit. My two bags were 0.1 kg over, but that's not what caused the problem.

Apparently, you can have more than one over person, but you have to pay 35 euros for the second bag. Thus, a tiny checked laptop bag with less than 10kgs cost me 35 euros. That's fine. We chugged the last Mountain Dew left from my friend Danielle's voyage to Barcelona (thanks, girl!!!) before entering security, and I enjoyed my last Spanish pastries after collecting our luggage.

Then, my poor, sick and tired Will braved the Italian frontier with his caravan of luggage to the Malpensa Express train to Milano Centrale (central with a "CH", 10 euros each). After, while fighting off nausea and bad coughs with some mystery Italian lozenges, he single-handedly carried all the luggage (bahahahaha, wink, wink!) From line 1 to line 19, and we were off in first class style to Ancona (75 euros each). Otherwise, it was standing room only for 4 hours.

We met a nice mother and son who sat next to us and braved my bare bones Italian for the sake of conversation. I also met an Italian granny who fought several cars of standing people to get to the food car and wait for what seemed like 10-15 minutes...for a Birra Moretti. (Note to self: must try this beer).

After, we traversed the tracks to Civitanova M. in a smaller train and again to Tolentino from an even smaller one (10 each total for both). This last one had no A/C, and we had to stand in the in-between area as our luggage was too big to fit easily into the cars with seats. After a few hours, we exited at Tolentino and pondered how to get to the hotel with no 3G or WiFi to guide us.

We had a screen shot of the hotel address and guessed the partially missing hotel phone number from the fax number (front numbers were missing). The receptionist was nice, but she did not speak English. My Italian is "in process", but she understood Spanish, and said she would send a taxi to the station.

A few minutes later, a very nice man who worked for the hotel drove up in a VW Beetle. He saw our luggage (in the last post, I mentioned how important it is to pack light) and nearly fainted. We got all the luggage (and us!) in one trip. He was on his way in to work and didn't want us to have to pay a taxi, so he picked us up himself. We were very thankful, and we showed our gratitude with lots of "grazie"ing and promptly went to bed.

We woke up after about 14 hours and went to breakfast at nine. The pastries here are just as good if not better than the ones from Barcelona.

Life is good. :)

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