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Report 472: Back to Uni to Learn Italian - A Month in Perugia

By Pamela R from Sydney, Australia, Fall 1998

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Page 4 of 31: Friday 4th September

Today at last Pamela had a less crowded timetable, while Peter was in up to the ears with yet another 5-hour session.

A bit of housekeeping and washing, plus a look around for some accommodation for Margaret’s arrival in two weeks’ time was on the agenda before class at 11 o’clock. But this was brought to a brutal stop when, returning from a brief spell outside, Pamela couldn’t open the apartment door. The lock refused to respond despite a good half hour of energetic endeavours. Shortly thereafter Suzanna, on her way out, encountered a pathetic figure – hot, wrung out and sobbing – sitting on the stairs in the dark hallway. During the next half hour several passers-by within the apartments (including Sue and Paccietta from Sydney – in the flat across the hall – whom we’d not previously met) offered to attempt an entry but without any luck.

There was no time left to do any of the planned tasks, so Suzanna dispensed a bit of TLC in her apartment, and despite being dressed for home duties, and minus reading glasses and school books, Pamela made it to the 11 o’clock class after quickly faxing Dottoressa Santucci about the problem.

Arriving home together just after 1 o’clock, we found a note asking us to call her, when she promised a locksmith would visit at 3 o’clock. Still ‘homeless’ we waited in Bob and Bernadette’s adjacent flat while they plied us with tea and biscuits until 4.30 when the joiner finally arrived. In no time at all he’d opened the door, having noted that the handle – which needed to be pulled towards you while turning the key to bring the door into alignment with the lock – had become loose. Effectively, the handle was being pulled, but the door was staying where it was!

After requesting our newly gained second key in order to make a duplicate, he shook our hands, promising to return the key tomorrow, a promise which was, of course, not fulfilled.

After a belated session of hotel-hunting for Margaret, we returned home with food for a simple meal – bread, cheese and salami – with Suzanna joining us.

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