An attempt to keep the friends and family of Monica Stiles abreast on her adventure with the Lord in Italy
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Change is everywhere but there is no change to be had
First annoying and extremely confusing part of the Italian culture:
Exact change is what every vendor wants. If you give them too much, they say give less. If you don't have less, they still say they need less (the language barrier causes problems at this juncture). Oh, and "keep the change" sure doesn't work. It's almost like an insult to them. You'd think, all this time arguing, they could have just pulled out change for you.
But the real conundrum is, how does one get change, if no body gives change? I have yet to figure out how I will ever have exact change. I guess this is just something I need to change in the way I look at things while I am here in Roma...even though there is no change to be had.
Okay, just a tidbit for the masses. Roma is different than the U.S. Go figure.