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We're off on the mantrain to florence

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We're off on the mantrain to florence

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medallion (venice 2005)
In Florence. Long train ride, in which almost everything that could've gone wrong went wrong, up to and including LOSING A BAG. A BAG WITH EVERYONE'S GODDAMNED SOUVENIRS IN IT. Bah. Dammit. I am going to pray that the nice people at the train station are able to retrieve it.

Outside of that, Florence is nice. Though hot. the 'mantrain' thing comes from the fact that the train we got on to go to Florence was crowded with faggy boys. LOTS of them. It was totally surreal.
  • The trains are great in Italy.

    In some train stations, panhandlers will try to get you to let them carry your bag to the train, then demand a tip. "Non mi dispiace", IIRC, means "don't bother me."

    Make sure you're getting on the right train. In the bigger stations, you may have a choice of a local, an express, or maybe even the Eurostar Italia. It sucks to pay for the express and then get on the local, at least, if you want to get someplace fast. BTDT in more than one country.
  • Thanks for chiming in less pessimistically. I was really deeply bummed out when I was commenting earlier, it's good that someone else can chime in and point out that I am not, in fact, in purgatory. :)
    • What can I say, I have some fond memories of seeing the countryside while stopping at every one-church village between cities!
      • If they have the bag in Bologna, I may well take the train out there this evening and grab it and head back.
        I can hope.
        That was an €130 bottle of chartreuse.
  • thank you fellow seattleite :)
    i shall remember that phrase... and make sure i have heaps of time. I am so very excited about this trip... i have heard nothing but good things about Italy so far
    • I went there in 2000, and once I don't have to deal with a toddler or infant, I'm dragging my family back there. It was awesome.
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