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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 8 of 31: Tuesday 8th September

After class, Pamela and Suzanna met Jason, Andrea and Sarah on the pavement at the café in Via Ulisse Rocchi where a most entertaining spectacle took place.

After watching a car arrive and park behind seven others in a tiny space opposite, they were wondering about the possibility of the front car wanting to leave when, sure enough, only moments later...the inevitable happened. But, how cool the Italians are! No sounding of horns, no yelling, no abuse. The occupants of the other cars were eventually located and, one by one, they manoeuvred out backwards and up into the narrow street (necessitating the moving of our chairs a couple of times!) until the front car was freed; then they all moved back in. Applause all round.

Pamela had meanwhile sussed out an agency which rented apartments and we had an appointment with Signora Bini at 12.30 to inspect hers (for Margaret’s impending visit). Despite the fact that we’d specified something not too far from our place, it proved to be a long walk to No. 46 Via XIV Settembre, as we hadn’t realised that the street continued well beyond the galleria (the road tunnel which passes right through the base of Perugia’s tufa mass and includes a lift up to the covered market building). It wasn’t a particularly nice apartment, but anyway the location made it out of the question.

While we were in that vicinity, we walked along Via Cavour and down to Piazza Partigiani where we picked up some information on buses to Lago Trasimeno. Returning by the scala mobile – the escalator which cuts right through the Rocca giving access between the long-distance bus station and the top part of town – we stopped at Pizza Etrusca where we found some other students lunching, and also both our teachers – Giuseppe and Antonella – lunching together!

Suddenly it was time for Pamela’s 3 to 7 o’clock class at Palazzina Prosciutti. Walking back afterwards with Annie and Helen (two simpatiche English ladies in the class) a plan was drawn up for dinner on Friday night at Dino’s, a restaurant they’d been to and enjoyed, just behind the Uni.

Peter, meanwhile, made the trek back to the Canon place, where the news wasn’t good, so – forced to accept that a new camera was the only solution – he bought a compact Nikon which at least had the advantage of being able to fit into pockets or handbags.

On our return, Dottoressa Santucci was at the apartments to assess our situation, still promising a kitchen table and a clothes drying rack, and also now, the return of the second key which had not been returned on Saturday as promised!

When Debbie popped in, we declined her invitation to go out for gelati as we still hadn’t eaten, and instead we went to the Chinese restaurant in the adjoining lane, mainly because it was the closest, and it was not too bad at all.

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